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Elisa Baker indicted

January 18, 2011

Charges are mounting against Zahra Baker's stepmother, who was indicted Tuesday on a bigamy charge.

A Catawba County Grand Jury issued a true bill of indictment on Elisa Annette Baker, alleging she was already married when she wed her current husband Adam Baker, the father of Zahra Baker. Zahra's remains were discovered in Caldwell County several months ago.

While the grand jury deliberated Tuesday about whether to indict Elisa Baker on the charge, loggers in Caldwell located a briefcase possibly connected to Zahra's disappearance and death.

Hickory Police Department Maj. Clyde Deal said a briefcase containing a blanket was located Tuesday morning off Christie Road in Caldwell County. People doing logging work about a quarter of a mile from Christie Road discovered the briefcase. HPD took possession of the briefcase and are sending it to a lab for testing.

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