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November 11th, 2010
Evidence recovered during a Caldwell County search could provide police with the information they need to crack a month-old murder investigation.
Hickory Police confirmed Thursday they located potentially valuable evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker case during their search of a wooded area near Upper Little River in Caldwell County.
Police, however, remain tight-lipped about what that evidence is.
Volunteers honored Thursday with Giving from the Heart awards were offered congratulations, but more importantly, the winners were offered words of thanks.
The Catawba County Volunteer Center held a reception Thursday at the Catawba Country Club honoring selfless volunteers from across the county.
"Every year, I'm touched, encouraged and excited by what I read about what's going on in our county," said Cheryl Abee, director of the Catawba County United Way's Catawba County Volunteer Center.
Police found key evidence Wednesday in the Zahra Baker homicide investigation, but they won't confirm the nature of the evidence.
Hickory Police released a press release Thursday stating search teams in Caldwell County "located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case." The evidence is being analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigationâ€™s lab.
Search teams returned Wednesday to another area that was previously searched for signs of Zahra Baker.
A portion of westbound Interstate 40 was closed Tuesday following a traffic accident.
Catawba County Emergency Services announced the closure of I-40 exit 130 at 6 p.m. after a crash injured four people.
Emergency workers said the injuries didn't appear to be serious, and all accident victims were free from the vehicle.
Hickory Police resumed its search Tuesday in the month-old case of a missing child.
Search crews scoured an undisclosed area Tuesday for additional clues in the disappearance and presumed death of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who was reported missing Oct. 9 from her Hickory home.
HPD Maj. Clyde Deal wouldn't disclose the area where crews continued their investigation, saying he would release the location after the search concluded. Deal also declined to say what investigators are looking for.
Catawba County residents can honor veterans and their families this week with several services scheduled throughout the county.
Claremont will honor county veterans Thursday at 11 a.m. in City Park. This is the city's second annual ceremony in remembrance of veterans from all wars.
"We just want to ensure we have a commitment to honor the city's veterans -- past, present and future," said Claremont City Manager Doug Barrick.
Jack Gantt knew it would take only one date before he wanted to marry Pat Gantt.
The pair waited a little longer than one date before they exchanged vows, but Jack married Pat on April 16, 1961.
Jack, now 81, was 32 years old when he married Pat, and he was already a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an airman for two years then became a commissioned navigator through the Aviation Cadet program. He flew on a B-26 plane in Korea and Japan before leaving active duty in 1956 to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
When Henry Revels returned from Korea in 1952, he had $26 and a medical card detailing his shoulder injury in the war.
That medical card, crucial for Revels' future medical treatment, disappeared shortly after he returned home. Last month, the card resurfaced after missing for more than 50 years, giving 79-year-old Revels a chance at the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
A medic filled out Revel's injury card on a Korean battlefield in 1952 after Revels was struck by a 55-gallon drum of fuel oil during enemy fire. The blow tore Revels' rotator cuff. He was 18 years old.
Adam Baker called 9-1-1 one month ago to report his daughter, Zahra Baker, missing.
Four weeks later, police continue searching for information about the 10-year-old cancer survivor who is presumed dead.
Investigators didn't search areas of Catawba or Caldwell counties on Monday, but that doesn't mean the case is cold.
"We're following up on some other leads in the investigation," said Hickory Police spokeswoman Libby Grigg.