Key evidence found
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 Investigation’s lab.
The release comes after search crews spent Wednesday in the Dudley Shoals community of Caldwell County. That site is near locations where Baker's step-mother, Elisa Baker, previously led investigators. Working along the banks of Gunpowder Creek, dozens of police investigators searched creekbanks, while divers worked in the water.
Police removed evidence during the search, and while other media outlets are reporting that investigators found human remains, police have not yet confirmed the claims.
"We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public, but we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information, so it will not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings," the press release said.
Meanwhile, Baker's biological mother, EmIly Dietrich, arrived in the United States and is in the Hickory area. Dietrich told Australia's Channel 7 News that she was trying to find Zahra when she learned she disappeared. Dietrich has not seen Baker since she was a baby.
Check Friday's edition of The O-N-E for full details as this case unfolds.