Search for Zahra returns to Caldwell County

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Posted on October 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Officers investigating the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker have returned to the location where they found a prosthetic leg earlier this week.
Investigators have expanded a search area along Christie Road outside of Hudson.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office would not say why searchers have returned to that area.
Zahra Baker wore a prosthetic leg. Police are awaiting medical records to see if the leg found earlier this week is a match to the missing girl.
Meanwhile Friday, Elisa Baker was scheduled to be back in court Friday, but the case was continued until Dec. 17.
Baker was to appear in Catawba County court on charges of writing worthless checks.
Baker's attorney, Scott Reilly, said in court Friday that he will be representing Baker for all charges against her, including the obstruction of justice charge that she faces in connection with her stepdaughter's disappearance.
Baker is now cooperating police in the search for Zahra, who was reported missing on Oct. 9.
Investigators will not say if Baker provided the information that led them to Caldwell County, where they found the prosthetic leg.
Investigators have also been digging in the backyard of Baker's Hickory home. On Thursday, investigators used a backhoe to turn over piles of dirt, mulch and wood chips before painstakingly using rakes and sometimes just their hands to look for clues.
Hickory police Chief Tom Adkins would not say what investigators hoped to find, only that they returned to the house based on new information that had been provided to them.

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