DNA from remains found in Caldwell County match Zahra Baker's personal items.
Hickory Police received results from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation lab stating DNA evidence from bones found near the creek area on Dudley Shoals Road matched a DNA sample taken from the home on 21st Avenue Northwest. The sample from the home was taken from personal items believed to be Zahraâs.
HPD is still waiting on a DNA profile for Zahra that will be created from cheek swabs collected from her biological mother and father.
Lucinda Robinson is a Christian, but there is no Christmas tree in her home this holiday season.
Instead, Robinson, of Hickory, will light a menorah for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which starts Wednesday.
Robinson is a Messianic Jew, who studies the teachings of both the Old and New testaments of the Bible.
"I feel that, as a Christian, there are historical stories about the true God," Robinson said. "You're embracing the whole Bible."
A Superior Court judge mandated Tuesday that 11 search warrants relating to the Zahra Baker case be unsealed.
The warrants were previously sealed to the public and media outlets, claiming that, "the release of the information contained in the search warrant would jeopardize the right of the state to prosecute a defendant or defendants, or jeopardize the right of a defendant or defendants to receive a fair trial or undermine an ongoing or future investigation."
Recently unsealed court documents reveal grisly details about Zahra Baker's final days.
The documents, which were unsealed Tuesday, contain detailed information about Zahra's life leading up to her death and how her body was disposed.
The Newton-Conover Red Devils accomplished something no other Catawba County team has in the past five years. They defeated the Hickory Red Tornadoes in a girls basketball game. It is Hickoryâs first loss to a Catawba County team since 2005.
âObviously this is a huge game for both teams,â Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe said. âBoth teams are two of the best in the western part of the state in 2A and 3A. Itâs just a big rivalry and just a lot of passion to win the game on both sides.â
Catawba County Superior Court Judge Nathan Poovey on Tuesday allowed access to search warrants related to a murder investigation that started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 9.
The 11 warrants, totaling more than 100 pages, reveal Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, responded deceptively during a police polygraph test, and she detailed how the young cancer survivor was dismembered inside a Hickory house.
Drum Funeral Home announced Tuesday that Zahra's family will hold a private memorial service.
The Hickory girl was reported missing Oct. 9, and police in Hickory announced Nov. 12 that they believed they had enough evidence to show that the Australian native was in fact deceased.
Visitors may stop by the funeral home to sign a register book and view a memorial tribute to Zahra from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday.
Agnes Patricia “Pat” Cleary Vaughn, 85, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Tamarah “Tammy” Lynn Cunningham Paul, 43, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley.
Catawba County is one of 16 counties in North Carolina under a tornado watch. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg issued the watch, which expires at 10 p.m.
Other counties affected by the watch are: Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford and Union.
A Newton-Conover Red Devil is jumping from Gurley Stadium to Bank of America Stadium. Lineman Mike Comer is one of 10 high school athletes from the Carolinas on the field at halftime Dec. 19 as part of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Program.
âThis means a lot,â Comer said. âOnly 10 people out of North and South Carolina get the award. So, itâs a pretty big deal.â
The Community Captain program honors high school athletes with dedication to their sport as well as commit to improving their education while showing potential to excel.