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HPD resumes search for clues

November 10, 2010

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.
He did say, however, that about 30 representatives from HPD and the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.
"That area is extremely difficult to get into and out of with a lot of cars around," Deal said, adding that he expected to finish searching the site late Tuesday afternoon.
Deal said, prior to Tuesday, search crews hadn't located any key pieces of information since last week. When asked if crews discovered any important evidence during Tuesday's search, Deal said he is in the process of speaking with investigators to discuss the findings.
Several of HPD's most important findings in the investigation, including Zahra's prosthetic leg and a mattress that potentially belonged to the child, were located in Caldwell County. The prosthetic leg was found in a brushy area near Christie Road, and the mattress was located at the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County.
Investogators also located a bone in Caldwell County that could belong to Zahra. The bone was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill and the State Bureau of Investigation for testing.
Results from DNA testing of the mattress and the bone are still pending.

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