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Hickory Police received hundreds of tips in the homicide investigation of Zahra Baker, and they continue to search for her whereabouts.
One tip recently led police to a Hickory furniture store, where store employees said they saw Zahra and her stepmother, Elisa Baker, on Sept. 25.
"It was a Saturday, and it was really busy," said Pat Adams, floor manager of In Your Home Furnishings in Hickory, recalling the day Zahra and Elisa Baker came into the store. Zahra was reported missing two weeks later on Oct. 9.
"We didn't put two and two together until we saw it on the Internet," Adams said.
Adams said she later recognized Zahra's picture on the news and called police.
According to Adams, Zahra and her stepmother were in the store about an hour, and they didn't buy anything while they were there.