HICKORY â€” The remains of a 10-year-old disabled girl killed in North Carolina last year have been released to her father.
The North Carolina Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains of Zahra Baker last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to her father.
Adam Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there. Baker can't leave the country until he resolves criminal charges alleging several misdemeanors and two felonies unrelated to the girl's slaying.
A man accused of murdering a 19-year-old Travis Baker more than four years ago will spend at least 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges.
Baker disappeared in April 2007, and his family spent two years wondering about the fate of the Catawba teen before his body was found in a lumber pile in June 2009. The O-N-E has the complete story of Bakerâ€™s death and disappearance, as well as Tuesday afternoonâ€™s reaction from his grieving family.
See more details in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E and online at www.observernewsonline.com.