Police probe missing girl's past

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins will update the community on the disappearance of Zahra Baker during a press briefing at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Ahead of that meeting HPD announced that "investigators are working several leads, specifically addressing Zahra’s life before she disappeared."

Investigators will be interviewing her former teachers at schools in Caldwell County, according to information in a press release issued Tuesday morning. The family also lived at several different addresses recently, and investigators will be interviewing those neighbors who may have known the family and Zahra, according to the release.

Other details in a media release isssued Tuesday morning include the following:

• During the day Sunday, Hickory Police investigators gathered surveillance video from businesses near the home of 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker to put together a better timeline of events leading to her disappearance. Investigators also followed up on a call for service by the Hickory Fire Department at 21 21st Avenue NW, the home where Zahra lives with her parents.

• Zahra’s step-mother reported her missing Saturday afternoon. Her mother says she last saw Zahra at 2:30 Saturday morning. Elisa Baker was arrested Sunday morning on outstanding charges not related to the disappearance of Zahra. Adam Baker, Zahra’s father, has also been questioned in this case.

According to police Zahra is about 5-foot-one-inch tall, weighs about 85 pounds and has short reddish blond hair. She has a prosthetic left leg and is hearing impaired, requiring hearing aids in both ears. Zahra does not have those hearing aids with her.

Hickory police say an Amber Alert will remain in effect for Zahra until she found.

The Hickory Police Department is being assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation, US Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We are using every available resource we have at our disposal to find Zahra. We are not giving up hope that Zahra will return home safe and sound,” said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins.

If anyone has any information that will assist investigators in finding Zahra, please call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551, or 911.

For more on this developing story, visit www.observernewsonline.com for updates following the 11:30 a.m. press briefing.