Zahra's DNA matches remains; horrifying details in 121-page warrant

Zahra Baker
Zahra Baker

HICKORY, N.C. (WBTV) - Search warrants released in the Zahra Baker investigation say the 10-year-old girl was dismembered and her body concealed in a bed comforter and car cover.

The warrants have been released as the Hickory Police Department received new information from the NC State Bureau of Investigation lab concerning the remains found at the Dudley Shoals Road location in Caldwell County.

Read the warrants: Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4  (NOTE: Large pdf files)

According to the lab report, DNA evidence from bones found near the creek area on Dudley Shoals Road matched a DNA sample taken from the Baker home on 21st Ave NW.

The sample from the home was taken from personal items believed to be Zahra's.

The Hickory Police Department is still waiting on a known DNA profile for Zahra that will be created from cheek swabs that have been collected from her biological mother and father.

Meanwhile, eleven warrants that consist of 121 pages were released Tuesday by order of Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Poovey.

Other details in the warrants revealed that Zahra's bodily fluids, bone fragments and blood could be found in the bathtub drain at their home in Hickory.

Police ripped apart the house in which the family lived, taking drain lines. They also removed parts of walls and flooring.

The warrants reveal that in the searches police found human tissue, blood on walls and hearing aid parts. Zahra wore hearing aids because she was hearing impaired, having lost her hearing and part of a leg to cancer.

Also in a Polygraph exam, Zahra's stepmother Elisa Baker was asked if she hurt Zahra. The examiner felt that Elisa was  "being deceptive."

The warrants detail the account of  Elisa Baker, whose lawyers say led police to the girl's remains. The warrants say a polygraph test showed deception when police asked if she hurt the girl.

There are also questions about Zahra's father, Adam Baker, who first reported the girl missing on Oct. 13.   In a 911 call that day he told police that he last saw Zahra early on the morning she was reported missing.

Related: Listen to the 911 call

But police say he told them he had not seen Zahra for days.

The warrants don't say how Zahra died. No one has been charged in her death. Elisa Baker is jailed on charges of obstructing the investigation.  Adam Baker is free on bond after being arrested on unrelated charges.


Copyright 2010 WBTV. The Associated Press contributed to this report.