July 2010 - Zahra and her parents move out of the trailer park in Caldwell County.
August 2010 - Zahra is enrolled in the 5th grade at Hudson elementary but never shows. Elisa informs the school Zahra is being home schooled even though there is no paper filed saying she was being home schooled.
September ?, 2010 - Adam and Elisa move to the new residence in Hickory, North Carolina. Neighbors report never seeing or knowing they had a daughter.
September 22, 2010 - A correction was made and the ladies at the furniture store now say the day they saw Zahra was on the 22, 2010. She was happy and not sick."Per Jennifer Moxley (channel 14 news reporter): She (furniture store clerk) was just mistaken. Sources said 9-22 was last time someone outside family saw Zahra. This is the first time we had confirmation of that."
"The date of September 22 was given regarding their virtual family 'doing a murder with chainsaws'," the search warrant states. (from warrants released 2011)
September 24, 2010 This is the day Elisa says Zahra died according to the release of the warrants on January 4, 2011.
September 25, 2010 - Workers at a furniture store believe they have seen Zahra with her step mother, Elisa Baker. This is the last day police have that anyone has last saw Zahra.
According to the warrants released January 2011, this is the day Adam Baker dismembered Zahra, per Elisa Baker.
September, 2010 - Parents, Adam and Elisa seen at old trailer park at night without Zahra. Few days later neighbors smell awful strong odor coming from the trailer or near the area.
October 5, 2010 - There is a video that Adam says: "100% genuinely saw my daughter out of bed was Tues. I think she was there Friday." Freudian slip or he had dates messed up. He corrects himself at the end. http://www.wsoctv.com/video/25360091/index.html
October 7, 2010 - Adam Baker says he last sees his daughter Zahra that evening when he got home from his job.
October 8, 2010 - Zahra's half brother speaks to press.
October 9, 2010 - Step mother, Elisa Baker last sees her daughter at 2:30 a.m. Adam calls police at 5:30 a.m. while reporting a fire of mulch in the backyard.Firefighters find the car door open with a ransom note. They call police. Adam says. "We went back to bed and I got up and went to work. We didn't get to bed till 7:30 that morning. So I had to get some kind of sleep." He then returns home with equipment to work in the yard. Elisa comes out to tell him Zahra is missing.
Zahra Baker is reported missing by her step mother and/or her father at 2:30 p.m. An amber alert has been issued for Zahra.
October 10, 2010 - Elisa Baker is arrested for many charges with none related to the case. The search is now full force for Zahra.
October 11, 2010 - Search warrant released about when investigators were called for the brush fire and a ransom note inside a car on residence.
October 12,2010 - A wooded area, where Adam worked, is searched. Dogs hit on mulch and a wood chipper. Elisa is charged with a felony after admitting she wrote a ransom note that was found at the family's house last weekend. Amber alert that was issued has been canceled and case is now considered a homicide.
October 13, 2010 - A pond is drained near Adam's work area and searched. Dogs were bought in to search wood mulch and equipment used on lot. The amber alert for Zahra is canceled. Her case is now considered a homicide. Elisa Baker appears in front of the judge on obstruction of justice charge relating to the ransom note she planted. Held on $40,000 bond.
October 14, 2010 - Police continue their search on Adam's work property.No remains have been found.Later they determine the physical search is suspended.
October 15, 2010 - Police remove mattress, box springs,and other items out of the house in Hickory. K 9 units were bought in too search the property. Adam was there during the search.
October 16, 2010 - It is revealed that Adam and Elisa had money problems. Also both have had extensive criminal backgrounds.
October 17, 2010 - Hickory Police release a statement saying they last time Zahra was seen that they can confirm was September 25, 2010.It was at the furniture store. Zahra was seen with step mother, Elisa Baker.
October 18, 2010 - Elisa's attorney denies abuse to Zahra.Lawyers asking for a reduce bond for Elisa. Police are looking for a 1970’s model Monte Carlo, that the Baker's used. Neighbors claim it disappeared about the same time as Zahra.
October 19, 2010 - Police obtaining medical records and serial # (for The artificial leg), in the investigation of the disappearance of Zahra. Police investigating the organization of the "donation fund" set up for Zahra.Police release the both 911 calls at the resident, reporting the fire and later the disappearance of Zahra.
October 20, 2010 - Elisa Baker's bond has been raised from $40,000 to $65,000. Elisa is considered a flight risk.Search in land fill for Zahra's mattress.Elisa has online boyfriend sending her cash from England.
So far there is: According to the search warrant, the items removed from the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Camry include: Duke Power bill, numerous papers with writings and phone numbers, assorted receipts, (3) passports with paperwork, (2) toothbrushes, hair brush, assorted ink pens, (2) lighters, (2) pillows, sheet, comforter, (3) gas cans, (4) burnt samples from Tahoe and brush pile, pink jacket, plastic bowl with green vegg. matter, assorted drug paraphernalia, Chinese take-out menu, 1990 Burgundy Toyota Camry, latent lift, photos, and Chevy Tahoe. (wect6News)
In addition to taking photographs of both vehicles, three swabs of a substance which police said appeared to be blood were also taken from the Chevrolet Tahoe.
One bloody glove, one (new?) mattress, box springs,bed rails and two black bags of evidence taken from residence, one used mattress taken from dump, burnt clothes in fire, decomp smell in cars (gas poured on to mask order), fake ransom note written by Elisa,blood found in vehicle,dogs hitting on wood chipper and mulch pile, missing Monte Carlo, most important no Zahra.
October 21, 2010 - Two mattresses have been recovered at landfill.Elisa has only had 2 visitors since her arrest - both lawyers - Scott Reilly and after her bond hearing Lisa Dubs. Lisa Dubs is known for getting people off death penalty. http://www.dubslawfirm.embarqspace.com/#/recent-work/4532635517
October 22,2010 - Search continues in the landfill. Police are certain they are in the right spot and will continue looking into the weekend for "article" if not found.Police have said search in landfill is completed. They are shutting down the search area now.No news if any thing of importance was found.
October 23, 2010 - The search in the landfill has been suspended. No evidence found. Law enforcement was looking for Zahra's mattress which was never recovered. Elisa Baker is still in jail.
October 24, 2010 - Conflicting reports on mattress. Some media outlets in Australia reporting mattress found. U.S. says no mattress was found.
October 25, 2010 - Adam baker arrested early Monday morning. No charges are related to the disappearance of Zahra. Adam bond is set at $7,000.Police are following up what they call a "promising lead". Search for Zahra continues in Caldwell county less than 1 mile where Elisa use to live.
October 26, 2010 - Police believe they have found Zahra's mattress today in landfill. Elisa Baker was taken from jail for the second day to help with the investigation. Caldwell county has a road barricaded for a two mile stretch looking for evidence in Zahra's disappearance.
October 27, 2010 - Police are raking and digging at the residence of Elisa and Adam Baker. A command center is being set up. Zahra's prosthetic leg was found off of a road in the brush. Police are checking to see if the serial numbers match.
October 28, 2010 - Police are now digging on the property of Elisa and Adam. Dogs were bought in to search the property. Zahra Baker's father is bailed out of jail. Video's show evidence found on scene of the dig.
October 29, 2010 - Grand Jury convenes, Monday at 10 A.M. possible indictment. Searchers return to the location where the prosthetic leg was found on Christie road. Elisa Baker's court date is continued till December 17, 2010. Searchers are still on the property digging, raking and sometimes going through the ground clutter with their hands looking for evidence. The search late in the day is scaled back and finished. Property is still guarded. Search warrant for property is sealed.
October 30, 2010 - The illegal dump sites where searched again. Arrest warrant information was released on Adam baker. Elisa Baker has 20 pending charges against her.
October 31, 2010 - Many stories of Zahra's life being released from Australia. Zahra's life before coming to the U.S.
November 1, 2010 - Police return to the residence in search of clues and evidence. District Attorney Jay Gaither hasn't said if his office is preparing charges but has said he is consulting with the N.C. Attorney General's office and other prosecutors on the issue of prosecuting a murder if the victim's body isn't recovered.
"The absence of a body is not considered to be a bar to prosecution by my office," Gaither wrote recently in an e-mail. ( www.charlotteobserver.com )
Law enforcement confirms that the prosthetic leg was Zahra's.On October 27, prosthetic leg was found on Christie Road.
Elisa Baker is indicted on felony obstruction of justice charge.The Catawba Grand Jury made this decision because of the October 12, fake ransom note, that Elisa wrote. The same day Elisa said Zahra disappeared.
Investigators are in the home removing section of wall and other evidence that they collected.
November 2, 2010 The police have finished with the search of the residence. Crime scene tape is down, house looks abandoned. Adam baker returned to house to gather his belongings. He has been evicted from the residence. Two letters from Elisa have been made public. In one letter she says Adam did something horrifying.Elisa calls herself the dark fairy. Says she is into Pagan religion.
November 3, 2010 Police return to Christie Road where Zahra's prosthetic leg was found. Searchers were on both sides of the road on foot looking. Also a nearby pond was drained looking for evidence. A bone was found and sent off to a lab, to confirm if it is Zahra's. Searches continue. The area on Christie road is guarded. The search will continue in the morning.
November 4, 2010 About 40 searchers gathered at 9:00 A.M. along Christie road to search. This is the same area her prosthetic leg was found and the bone.At the residence, letters of Zahra's were also found that were intended for her friend. The little boy has been interviewed.More letters of Elisa's were released.
November 5, 2010 Officials release information on bone found. It was not a fragment but a complete section of bone. Test for the bone are not dna but it is being determined if it is related to the case. Then sent on for further testing. Results should be in early next week. Zahar's birth mother, Emily Dietrich, says she found Adam and Elisa on the internet. Then 3 days later she was reported missing.
Search teams continue on Christie road.It is the 40 acre ranch owned by the Isenhour family. Their property shoulders Christie road on both sides.There are about 40 searchers on foot with search pole going through the ground cover.
More evidence has been found on Christie road. No clues given as to what was found. Grim video's from inside the Baker's home have been released. Kitchen , bathroom, Zahra's bedroom torn apart.
November 6, 2010 Adam Baker cleans out family home. He was seen emptying contents with a u-haul.Relatives of Elisa release statements about Elisa Baker and Adam.
"Adam Baker has a lot of the answers," Elisa Baker's cousin said Friday. "What we do know about him is that he doesn't believe in God. He is very into paganism. He's ridin' around with a sign on his window that says Zahra was abused by her stepmother. If this is true, then why didn't he, the biological father, put a stop to it and protect his little girl?
"Why didn't he beg the public for someone to bring his daughter home? Why has he not personally searched for Zahra? How could a loving father begin his 911 call with, 'Hello, how are you doing?' He needs to answer these questions." ( www.cnn.com )
November 7, 2010 Information released says Elisa tells relatives that Adam is to blame for what happened to Zahra during a jail house visit last week. Search is suspended on Christie road in Caldwell County.
November 8, 2010 Website releases 3rd letter of Elisa Baker.Law enforcement waiting for results of dna test on the bone found.They are also reviewing and gathering all evidence and notes for the case. A subpoena was issued for Elisa's financial record at a bank in Walmart's at Granite Falls. Elisa has 8 aliases being used.Police are working on new information they received this weekend but will not say what it is.Elisa's cousin speaks while coming from a visit with her in jail. She says Elisa should be in jail and so should Adam. Adam Baker is in seclusion.The district attorney has asked the state attorney general to speed up testing on evidence sent in.
November 9, 2010 Search continues today on Indian Grave road in Caldwell county. There were around 30 searchers that were searching a wooded one mile area. This location is 10 miles away from where they found her prosthetic leg. Law enforcement is not telling what it is they are looking for.
November 10, 2010 Police briefing today for media. During the search yesterday on Indian Grave road a piece of evidence was found. Police are not saying what it was. The search continues off Dudley Shoals road about 8 a.m. It is one of the locations given to law enforcement from Elisa. Divers are diving and searchers along the banks of Gunpowder Creek.Police have asked helicopters and media to say away from the area now. More evidence was recovered, what it is law enforcement is not saying.Hole was dug 10 feet wide 2 1/2 feet deep. Human remains discovered.
November 11,2010 Search continues today on Gunpowder Creek. Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich, is on her way to the United States. Law enforcement is working on possible break in the case. Another search has resumed on Christie Road. Christie road has been blocked off.Human remains were found off of Dudley road yesterday. Test are being done to confirm they are Zahra's. Searches continue! Emily Dietrich is in Hickory North Carolina, she visits the house and the memorial for Zahra's.Police confirm that it was human remains that were unearthed. Adam was taken in for questioning with his attorney, Mark Killian. Emily gave law enforcement her dna sample.Police did not give her any information but she says she knows it is bad.
November 12,2010 Law enforcement to have pressor at 4 pm. It will be live streamed at: http://www.wcnc.com/ It is rumored that law enforcement will confirm the identity of the bones as Zahra's. Adam Baker is still not arrested, maybe because it has gone to a grand jury? Smaller teams of 2 or 3 will continue searching this weekend for the rest of the remains.Police have said on Thursday they have found a significant piece of evidence. A vigil is planned for Tuesday, which is Zahra's birthday. Rest In Peace Zahra!
Police held a 4 P.M. news conference. Bones and evidence found in many locations are still going through testing.But police did say that they feel they have found enough evidence, that they think they found Zahra. The bone found on Christie Road matches Zahra's DNA that was taken from her home. So now there is positive Dna match.
November 13, 2010 The community mourns for Zahra. Many people visiting the tree memorial in front of Zahra's house. Memorial is growing as people come out to pay their respects. No appearance from Adam.
November 14, 2010 Emily Dietrich flew back to Australia today. Emily wants the help of Australia's prime minister to bring her child remains home.
November 15, 2010 Prepearations are being made for a memorial for Zahra tomorrow. It is Zahra's birthday tomorrow. It is already her birthday in Australia. Elisa's motion to reduce bail was released. In the document it is stated that Zahra was indeed dismembered and remains scattered in 3 locations. New videos were released. Some stating that the mattress found in the dump is the mattress of Zahra's, were the evil deed was done. Elisa directed the police to each location and what was there to be found.
November 16, 2010 Vigil for the remembrance and birthday celebration to be held today for Zahra. Memorial at house is asked to be moved. Property is deemed too hazardous. Many all over the world are disgusted with the revelation of what has happened to Zahra. Elisa Baker is still in jail. Adam Baker is still out on bail. The clock is ticking for the arrest of those involved in Zahra's death.
The vigil was held at 6 P.M. Hundreds attended with candles lit. The choir sang songs for Zahra. Very moving speeches were made. After the celebration everyone sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ZAHRA. Then the crowd broke out and cheered, WE WANT JUSTICE, over and over. Happy birthday Zahra!
November 17, 2010 Adam Baker gives a media interview last night. Adam says he did not dismember his daughter, " There's no way I could do that to my baby",Adam says. Adam says he can not have a "normal" life now in North Carolina. Adam wants to return back to Australia with his daughter's remains. Adam, his mother Karen and his lawyer all watched the memorial on tv. Adam didn't attend because he thought it may be a distraction from his daughter and he didn't like being called a monster or murderer.
Adam Baker's work visa may have expired. So it may seem Adam has overstayed in the United States. Could deportation issues arise?
November 18, 2010 Marriage documents show Elisa Baker was already married at the time she married Adam. Court proceeding today for Adam and Elisa where continued till January 2011. Some protesters were outside of the court house waiting for Adam and Elisa. One had a sign saying "Adam is a murderer".
November 19, 2010 Adam baker appeared in court with his mother for the check charges. He wouldn't answer questions and his mother squirred him away from the reporters. Elisa Baker was interviewed today with her attorney and the local district attorney. This interview lasted a couple hours.
November 20, 2010 The memorial for Zahra at the base of the tree has been removed. All stuffed animals and toys were packed up to be given to those in need. The tree itself has been cut down and removed. Neighbors were surprised. The house sits barren and has had some vandalism. Elisa Baker's attorneys were at the house and collected the rest of Elisa's belongings.
November 21, 2010 Mr. Coffry is considering bull dozing the house he told neighbors today. Hickory police have done over 30,000 dollars of damage to the house removing portions for evidence. Vandals have broken out windows and left messages geared towards Elisa and Adam.
November 22,2010 Signs are in front of the abandoned house. A heart shaped card board sign reads: "To the homeowner Zahra's dad and step mom took away her hopes and dreams. And now you take away her Memorial from her. Shame on you". The other sign is was placed over Zahra's Birthday sign. It reads : " All toys and stuffed animals will be donated to Cops for Tots in Memory of Zahra Baker Please help by taking them to the police station".
November 23, 2010 People are still upset of the memorial being taken down. Residents also upset about the circumstances of Zahra's life. There has been talk of the memorial being moved to another location.
November 24, 2010 The property stands barren except for the tattered house. The memorial tree gone. One single teddy bear sits alone on the stump.Owner still feels bad about dismantling the memorial but people were vandalizing the home and trespassing in the backyard.
November 25, 2010 Instead of leaving stuffed animals for Zahra, people are encouraged to donate to the Hickory Police Dept.,COPS FOR TOTS program. You can do so in honor of Zahra. http://www.hickorygov.com/department/?fDD=16-0
November 26, 2010 Two new memorials for Zahra continue to grow. One is located on Christie Road (where her prosthetic leg was found). The other is on Dudley Road and Burns Road, dirt blocks the entrance at this location to where the remains were recovered . Stuffed animals and notes to Zahra are growing at both locations. Investigators are saying there has been profound progress made in the case , but they are not ready to press charges just yet.
Memorial plans are made for Zahra.The service will be held at Drum funeral Home in Hickory, North Carolina. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, December2, 2010. Here is the link to Zahra's obituary: http://www.drumfuneralhome.com/
November 27, 2010 The obituary does not list the time or manner of death. Elisa Baker has been left out of the funeral announcement. The memorial is being put together by Adam Baker and other relatives. It is open to the public.
November 28, 2010 The memorial for Zahra has been finalized. It will be at Drum Funeral Home, 940 29th avenue n.e., Hickory, North Carolina. Instead of flowers family would like donation in Zahra's name for St Jude's Hospital. Police are still continuing their investigation.
November 29. 2010 The judge in the Zahra Baker case ruled today that all search warrants shall remained sealed.Just as they were about to become unsealed the District Attorney's office filed a motion to keep them from becoming public. Eleven warrants were sealed. Unsealing the warrants could jeopardize the case for law enforcement. Tests results from the remains found on Dudley Road, should be back this week.
The house sits abandoned. The memorial is gone. The tree in front used for the memorial was cut down. The house shows signs of vandalism. The windows are broken.It is dark and lifeless inside and out. A single red rose rest on the front door. A rose for Zahra.
November 30,2010 The memorial for Zahra has been changed. The memorial service has been made private. The new date is December 2. It starts at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m, People are welcome to stop and sign the guest book at the funeral home.
The search warrants for Zahra have been unsealed. Zahra was dismembered and wrapped in a comforter. Elisa goes on to tell how her and Adam disposed of her and where. Zahra also may have been raped prior to her death. Also they explain the failure of Elisa's polygraph.
December 01, 2010 Warrants were released. Very disturbing details in Zahra's death were revealed.Possible rape of Zahra was also released. Two warrants remained sealed. Karen Baker (Adam's mother) releases statement on how her and Adam heard the news from television.How Adam turned white and collapsed onto the floor. When earlier it was reported memorial was changed due to warrants being released.
December 02, 2010 The two lawyers appointed in October to Adam and Elisa are removed. Lisa Dubs and Mark Killian were appointed when a charge of murder was "imminent". They were removed when both have not been indicted or arrested in the murder of Zahra.
The North Carolina Police release that the DNA of the remains found on Dudley Shoals area match those of Zahra. Elisa Baker is indentified as the source of most of the information. Adam Baker is alleged to have wrapped her prosthetic leg up to dispose of it.
The funeral home is having a public memorial. Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.-- Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date.
December 03,2010 Elisa Baker will not face the death penalty or life in prison if she is convicted in the case of Zahra. Elisa and Porsecutors have a written agreement that states if she agreed to show and cooperate with police
both charges would be not be bought against her. Elisa is still cooperating with law enforcement. This was an agreement struck between the District Attorney's office and Elisa's lawyer,Lisa Dubbs.
December 04,2010 The US prosecutors has said that the death penalty and murder charges are not off the table."We're under no obligation not to pursue capital murder charges or first-degree murder charges against any individual if there is sufficient and credible evidence to prove that Zahra Baker was murdered by that individual," District Attorney James Gaither Jr told the Charlotte Observer on Saturday.
December 5,2010 A North Carolina women has started the Zahra project in memory of Zahra. This organization is to help child abuse.
December 6, 2010 Emily Dietrich has written a journal of her days in the USA and her experience of finding Zahra and her home.
December 7, 2010 Team Adam has helped law enforcement with this case. Team Adam has assisted in the country's 18,000 law enforcement agencies that involve cases with children.
December 8, 2010 The two North Carolina men deny having raped Zahra. James Young and Timothy Young say they have passed a poly and have been cleared by the police. They have not been charged with any crime and police have declined any comment.
Prosecutors filed a motion today to seal 6 search warrants involved with the Zahra case. The hearing will take place on January 3rd. An additional 15 sealed warrants were issued this week.
December 9, 2010 A motion was filed by prosecutors for a January hearing to discuss 6 sealed search warrants. Warrants include place on internet where Adam and Elisa met and Zahra's medical records. A hearing to unseal 2 warrants is December 13. Then the next hearing for the warrants will be January 3, 2011.
December 10, 2010 The motion being heard Monday to determine if any of the sealed warrants will be unsealed and released.
December 11, 2010 Hudson Elementary School, in North Carolina, has a special project honoring Zahra:
"Season of Giving"
Hudson Elementary and the Hudson community opened our hearts in a big way for the past two years during the holiday season. First, we helped HES former D.A.R.E. officer, Deputy Cliff Ellis, who was battling cancer. Last year, we helped a HES family who lost their father to cancer just days before Christmas.
With that being said, the fifth graders have decided to honor Zahra Baker with the "Season of Giving" project. Zahra touched the hearts of every single one of us and we want to honor her life. Contributions will be used to make Zahra's Garden a special place for students, staff, and the community to enjoy, remember, and celebrate life. Zahra was a leader in wanting our school grounds to be beautiful and pleasing for everyone. She was one of two students responsible for the formation of the School Beautification Team. We know she would be thrilled to have a special place on the school grounds in her honor. Funds not needed for the garden will be used to establish a scholarship in Zahra's memory.
Monetary donations are being accepted for any amount. Please make checks payable to Hudson Elementary School. Please label the envelope "Season of Giving" with the amount, student name, teacher name and grade. Money will be receipted to the student. All donations need to be turned in by Friday, December 17, 2010.
Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or any fifth grade teacher.
December 12, 2010 Community is still honoring Zahra. Many fund raisers in her name have been established. This story has effected most citizens in the community.
December 13, 2010 The judge will decide today if he will unseal warrants or keep them sealed.The hearing today has been canceled. No mention if it will be rescheduled.
December 14, 2010 Media outlets on Monday tried to access more then 20 search warrants that have been sealed.DA wants warrants kept sealed. A hearing has been requested for December 20, without out a formal reply from the judge.
December 15, 2010 Prosecutors now want a January 3rd court date to discuss 6 of the sealed warrants.
December 16, 2010 Police have received hundreds of Toys for Tots in the name of Zahra.An investigator with the case has been charged with DWI and may be kicked off the case.
December 17, 2010 Elisa Baker has a court hearing this morning.The bad check hearing has been continued till April 22nd, 2011.
December 18,2010 The community is still having drives and shows in honor of Zahra.
December 19, 2010 The Hickory Police have handed over their findings on the Zahra Case to the district Attorneys Office.The District Attorney's office will determine who is charged and for what.
December 20, 2010 All findings from police department are still to be reviewed.
December 21, 2010 The police chief said today that the investigation into the case is not over yet.
December 22, 2010 Any decisions on the charges and who will be charged will not be till after the new year.Grand jury does not meet till January 3rd, but police do not say if they are ready. They are still waiting on the evidence before making any decisions.
December 23, 2010 Zahra's former school builds garden in her honor.
December 24, 2010 No updates available.
December 25, 2010 MERRY CHRISTMAS ZAHRA MAY JUSTICE COME SWIFTLY.
December 26, 2010 No updates available.
December 27, 2010 No updates available.
December 28, 2010 No updates available.
December 29, 2010 No updates available.
December 30, 2010 No updates available.
December 31, 2010 No updates available.
January 01, 2011 No updates available.
January 02, 2011 A man wants to erect s park for disabled children in honor of Zahra Baker. He feels it will help the community heal. It is a Face Book page called, "Let's Build A Park in Zahra's Memory".
January 03, 2011 Elisa Baker has a court hearing today on her obstruction of justice charges. More charges could be coming.Grand Jury meets today to oversee the Zahra Baker case.
January 04,2011 Elisa Baker's obstruction charge has been continued until March, 2011. Grand Jury meets for a second day. More charges are likely.The release of the 29 warrants to the public was carried out today. Many warrants are for:
Elisa Baker stated that Zahra died September 24,2010.
Elisa baker stated that Adam Baker dismembered her the following day.
Elisa Baker stated that her and Adam disposed of her body in different locations.
The medical background of Elisa's
Her adult children's background with social service
Cell phone records for Elisa, Adam, and Aaron (Elisa's other husband)
Chain saw massacre game on the internet with 2 other
New mattress bought
33 blood swabs, scrapings from wall, latex gloves, many more
A total of 200 pages were released and can be found here at: http://www.chathousenews.com/2011/01/zahra-baker-warrants-released-142011.html
January 05, 2011 Elisa Baker tells family members that Zahra died naturally. She said that Zahra was sick for 2 weeks and then just died.Then in a panic, Adam and Elisa, did not know what to do. So Adam dismembered Zahra.
January 06, 2011 Elisa Baker's aunt reveals she has visited Elisa and Elisa again explained how Zahra died. Elisa says she died of natural causes and panicked. Boncetta "Buzzie" Winkler, of Hickory, N.C.,is her aunt.
January 07, 2011 The local community is outraged that no one has been arrested for the death Of Zahra. Many are upset at the local District Attorney.
January 08, 2011 Still no arrest in the death and murder of Zahra. No information has come out whether the Grand Jury is still in session.
January 09, 2011 Aaron Young, the man Elisa Baker was still married too while being married to Adam, has resurfaced leaving comments on the face book page for Zahra. Aaron was mentioned in the docs as being a participant to the "chainsaw massacre" game played. Aaron also is having his cell phone activity looked at by police. In the documents released it says Aaron had an on going relationship with Elisa. Also Le says it is very important for them to look into his phone records for the case.
January 10, 2011 Many news organizations are still reporting on the findings in the documents. People are outraged no charges have come forward.
January 11, 2011 Aaron Young and his new wife leave comments on face book on a regular basis. Aaron denies any involvement of Zahra's death.
January 12, 2011 No Updates Available
January 13, 2011 No Updates Available
January 14, 2011 No Updates Available
January 15, 2011 No Updates Available
January 16, 2011 Many feel the judge over stepped his bounds when releasing the documents to the public. "The release of the sealed documents caused immediate and irreparable harm to the state, whereas the injury to the public and the media by a temporary stay of the effect would have been minimal," said District Attorney Jay Gaither.JudgePoovey released the warrants Nov. 30. Gaither's office(district attorney's) filed a notice of appeal with the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Dec. 30.
January 17, 2011 Still no arrests made for Zahra's murder. No mentions if or when the Grand Jury is in session.
January 18, 2011 Elisa Baker has been indicted for Bigamy. Accused of marrying Adam Baker in Australia before divorcing her previous husband, Aaron Young. Elisa was married to Aaron in 1998 and divorced him August 2009. Elisa married Adam in Australia in July 2009.Thus being married to two men at the same time.While being married to Adam she tells him that Aaron is her brother, Aaron does the same in return.Bigamy is a low level crime that usually just ends up being a charge of probation.
Loggers in Caldwell County find a briefcase with bloody clothes and a blanket believed to be connected with the Zahra Baker murder investigation.The briefcase was found off of Christie road where Zahra's prosthetic leg was found.Could this be the smoking gun for the charges in Zahra's death?
Jamuary 19, 2011 No information was given yet on the connection the breifcase has on this case or if it was clothes or a blanket.
January 20, 2011 Aaron Young makes a appearance and finally does a interview. In the interview he explains his part of knowing Zahra and that he did report abouse.
January 21, 2011 A permanent marker is being planned in honor of Zahra Baker. People want it erected where her prosthetic leg was found, It is now the location of the makeshift temporary one.
Elisa Baker's bond has been increased because of the bigamy charge and another bad check writing charge.Her bond is now over 100K.
January 22, 2011 As reported by Australian papers - An elderly man in the U-S has been so touched by the case of young Australian girl Zahra Baker, he hopes to set up a permanent memorial in her honour.
He's already built a temporary tribute to the ten-year-old, who was reported missing last October.
January 23, 2011 Although Deal said it's unlikely the briefcase is related to the Zahra investigation, it's not too late to add evidence to the department's case. HPD submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney's Office in December, but that document is only a portion of investigators' findings.
January 24, 2011 No updates available.
January 25, 2011 Zahra's death certificate is issued. Under cause of death, the medical examiner wrote one word: “Pending.”
January 26, 2011 The death certificate lists the date of death as Oct. 26, which is the day that Hickory police found Zahra's prosthetic leg in a wooded area off Christie Road in Caldwell County.
Elisa Baker is behind bars on charges unrelated to Zahra's death. So far, no one has been charged in connection with the death.
January 27, 2011 All documents and search warrants - http://www.wral.com/news/local/page/8919099/
Elisa and Adam Baker Are due in court today.They are facing 27 different charges or citations between the two of them. Neither Elisa nor Adam appeared in court Thursday, with Elisa's attorney, Scott Reilly, appearing on her behalf. Elisa remains jailed in Catawba County on one count of obstruction of justice in for writing a false ransom note and one count of bigamy.
Elisa and Adam were given new court dates of April 11, 2011.
January 28, 2011 Zahra Baker's online memorial - http://zahra-baker.gonetoosoon.org/
January 29, 2011 HICKORY Three months have passed since police declared Zahra Baker dead, her body in pieces - yet no one has been charged in the 10-year-old's death.
January 30, 2011 Everyone is frustrated that there is no arrest in the murder of Zahra Baker. Many are getting very impatient with Law Enforcement not making an arrest. People want to see justice for Zahra and her murderers charged in her murder.
January 31, 2011 The Hickory Police Department turned over their file in the case of Zahra to the District Attorney's office. 11,000 electronic pages and 183 cd's and dvd's.It contains 117 interviews 65 disks of phone records and photos. The District Attorney office is now reviewing and evaluating all evidence to be able to file the correct charges in the death of Zahra.
February 01, 2011 Elisa Baker has been married 7 times. At one time she was married to three men at the same time, questioning the single charge of bigamy.
February 02, 2011 Elisa Baker could be out in 6 months if other charges are not bought against her. She faces felony charges of Bigamy and Obstruction of Justice. It is not common for anyone to serve time in jail for bigamy. The most she can receive for the Obstruction of Justice charge is 6 to 8 months, if she was convicted. Her next court date is in April. At that time Elisa has already spent over 6 months in jail.
February 03, 2011 After many reviewing Elisa Baker's life it seems she had a very troubled one. She had no fewer than 42 addresses, 7 husbands,and dodged bill collectors, social workers, ex-husbands and families and law enforcement.
The autopsy is not complete yet on Zahra. Assistant Eddie Pippen signed Zahra's death certificate and put as her cause of death, "pending". they are still proforming x-rays, lab work and consulting experts.
February 04, 2011 The memorial built on the property were her prosthetic leg was found has been made permanent. The owner of the property finds Zahra dear to his heart and says the memorial will always stay there.
Only objective in Zahra's case. It will take the District Attorney's office time to go through and review the 11,000 pages of evidence. Once formal charges are filed by the DA and indictments are handed down, then charges will follow.
February 05, 2011 All seven husbands of Elisa Baker speaks out on the relationships. Very good article : http://www.goupstate.com/article/20110204/wire/110209815?p=1&tc=pg
February 06, 2011 Many feel the case of Zahra has bought attention that Law Reform is needed in North Carolina.
February 07, 2011 “We are awaiting their decision when they would like for us to appear before a grand jury,” HPD Maj. Clyde Deal said. “The meat of what they need is with them.” Everyone is anxiously waiting for the Grand Jury decision.
Febuary 08, 2011 Two countries have been watching and waiting for news on Zahra's case. All want justice for Zahra.
February 09, 2011 In Burke County, Elisa Baker was charged with a one count of worthless check for writing a bad check to Cato Fashion. This was in 1992 and the check was for $76.28.Cato Fashions did not respond to the summons there fore a voluntary dismissal of charge by the District Attorney.A second Burke County charge is pending.
February 10, 2011 Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright and Kiwanis Club hold a conference about project in memory of Zahra Baker. It will be held February 14, 2011.
February 11, 2011 No updates available.
February 12, 2011 No updates available.
February 13, 2011 No updates available.
February 14, 2011 Portion of a park is dedicated to Zahra.“Since the passing of Zahra, I’ve had a number of people ask me if there was something to commemorate this young lady,” Wright said. “Kiwanis has scholarships and does recognitions of young kids. It’s about the kids.”
February 15, 2011 The community is still upset that no charges have come down. Many wondering why no arrest have been made.
February 16, 2011 No updates available.
February 17, 2011 No updates available.
February 18, 2011 No updates available.
February 19, 2011 Australia "60 minutes " has Adam Baker interview. It is not released yet in the United States.
February 20, 2011 Adam Baker insist he has no knowledge of how Zahra died. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zahra Baker's father denied in a televised interview Sunday night that he was involved with his daughter's death. Adam claims the story Elisa said about him dismembering her is Elisa's biggest lie. Adam also says that he feared Elisa was hurting Zahra and noticed she had a black eye.
February 21, 2011 Elisa Baker is indicted for the death of Zahra. It is a second degree murder charge on her step daughter. A brief news conference was held, with no questions asked. They said Elisa alone is responsible! Will Adam Baker ever face charges for lying in the 911 call?
Zahra's autopsy reveals two different instruments were used in dismembering her body. Parts of her body were never recovered. Autopsy shows the defendant desecrated the victims body to hinder investigation and prosecution of the offense.Cause of death was "undetermined homicidal violence."
February 22, 2011 "I finally heard him say that it was going to be murder two and I felt a little bit bad that I was excited," said Emily Dietrich in an interview with Australia's Channel 7. "I couldn't wipe the grin off my face."
Elisa Baker's Aunt insist Adam Baker should be arrested. She feels he is just as guilty as Elisa. Adam is under investigation with ICE and immigration.
February 23, 2011 Adam Baker jumped up and down with joy when he found out Elisa Baker was being charged with Zahra's death. Adam can not wait to go back to Australia to work and to be in his home country. Then he plans on saving money to come back here for the trial. Does he not realize he is here illegally and most likely will be banned from entering the states again if he goes back! Adam expects hugs and kisses from his people in Australia.Are the people from OZ really going to embrace him? Adam still faces charges here in the U.S., and hopefully charges will come down on his involvement or lack of involvement on Zahra's death. How can a man walk free when he lied on his 911 call and lied when the last time he saw his daughter. Zahra was dismembered in the house, yet Adam that lived there says he saw nothing. Hard to believe that. Was Elisa's black eyes the result of Adam and Elisa fighting cause of the abuse Zahra was enduring? Did daddy ever notice Zahra's broken or fractured bones? He had to, he lived with her and had no regular job. Is Adam that dumb of a man, or just playing dumb. Was his joy for Elisa being charged for Zahra having justice or because he thinks he got away with murder?
Elisa Baker has an attorney today. She was appointed Scott Rielly on Tuesday . He will represent her for 2nd degree murder of Zahra Baker. She had an court appearance on Friday, in which it was canceled cause they had Elisa on Tuesday in front of the judge.. Elisa was bought into court Tuesday by the judge to make sure she understood the charges.
February 24, 2011 Elisa Baker has a plea agreement with LE to spare her the death penalty.Baker, accused of killing and dismembering the 10-year-old cancer survivor, is charged with second-degree murder, authorities said.
Her former lawyer, Lisa Dubs, has stated that prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty in return for Baker's cooperation. This includes showing the investigators where to find Zahra's remains.
February 25, 2011 CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The former defense team for a North Carolina woman accused of killing her disabled 10-year-old stepdaughter took key evidence from a crime scene before it was turned over to authorities searching for the girl's body, the suspect's former attorney said Thursday.
But Lisa Dubs, who was one of murder suspect Elisa Baker's attorneys until this week, said she did nothing wrong. The defense attorney said she's allowed to collect evidence that helps her client and that she was prohibited by law from then turning it over to police without her client's permission. The defense investigator says the evidence helped convince Dubs and him that Baker was being truthful.
Read more: http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/02/24/2001937/ex-defense-team-in-nc-girls-death.html#ixzz1EzG1tJ3k
February 26, 2011 A story of Adam Baker and Elisa's relationship, Adam's mother, Karen Baker,speaks for her son.Explains Zahra's life at the hands of evil.
February 27, 2011 Social service agencies failed to find mistreatment or abuse in Zahra's home despite numerous complaints.
February 28, 2011 The Grand Jury of Caldwell County indicted Elisa Baker on tow more counts. One is for financial Identity fraudand obtaining property by false pretenses.
Elisa was using her daughter,Brittany starbuck's social security number, drivers license and date of birth to obtain utilities at her home and phone service.
March 01, 2011 Many people are still upset that Zahra's head has not been found. Many doubt it will ever be recovered. Elisa has never told where the location of her head is that we know of.
March 02, 2011 The social services in North Carolina have been called 7 times for abuse claims. None of the charges amounted to any wrong doing. Many people are upset that after 7 calls Zahra ends up dead.
March 03, 2011 Elisa Baker sits in jail on 2nd degree murder charges. Adam Baker is walking free with an attorney at his side.
March 04,2011 The people in the community are still angry and upset that Adam Baker has not been charged yet in the disappearance and death of Zahra. Everyone knows he has lied on the 911 call, the last time he saw her and yet no charges.
March 05,2011 No update available.
March 06, 2011 Elisa Baker is due in court Monday in Caldwell County. Elisa face charges of bigamy and obstruction of justice.
March 07, 2011 Elisa Baker court hearing today has been delayed. No new date given at this time.
March 08, 2011 The date For Elisa Bakers obstruction of justice charge has been moved to April 4, 2011. Elisa was not in the court room. the bigamy charges will be held in June, 2011.
March 09,2011 A letter from the Kiwanis Club in Charlotte , North Carolina:
The Kiwanis Clubs in Catawba County, including the Kiwanis Clubs of Newton, Western Catawba and Hickory, and the Catawba County Golden K Club have partnered together to raise money for an all-children playground in honor of Zahra Baker. The playground would be located at 805 6th Street, SE, Hickory.
“The international motto for the Kiwanis Club is ‘Serving the Children of the World.’ It could not be more appropriate for the Kiwanis Club to be involved in this playground,” said Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright.
Eighty-five thousand dollars is needed to build the playground that was presented during the February 14 press conference. “We have had lots of interest in donations for Zahra, and I feel we will well surpass the $85,000 we need,” said Steve Aaron, President of the Western Catawba Kiwanis Club. “Any excess funds will be used for a scholarship fund in the name of Zahra Baker that will be administered by the Kiwanis Club.”
March 10,2011 "Zahra Baker was a young 10-year old innocent child that was abused and neglected. The Department of Social Services was notified on numerous occasions. They should also be accountable."
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March 11, 2011 Elisa Baker is awaiting her trial in the death of Zahra. She has a total of 21 charges now that she is facing.
March 12, 2011 Adam Baker is still free. Adam and his mother, went away for a couple nights due to pressure from the public.
March 13, 2011 Zahra Baker is still in the hearts of many. People are still frustrated that Adam Baker is not charged. Many are glad that Elisa is being charged and feel safer with her behind bars.
March 14, 2011 People leave loving comments on Zahra's face book pages. Adam's mother and her friends are always there to leave comments or harass posters.
March 15, 2011 Elisa Baker was a monster. The unbelievable acts she imposed on Zahra are unimaginable. No wonder her own children are scared of her. Poor Zahra never had a chance. Elisa will pay for Zahra's death.
March 16, 2011 So many people do not understand why there are no charges of Zahra on Adam. We know he lied about the last time he saw his daughter. He lied on the 911 tape about Zahra. He and Elisa were living a normal life without Zahra. Its hard to believe he never saw his daughter in weeks ,yet he himself was so scared of Elisa and her abuse. It doesn't make sense, surely they can charge him with neglect, abuse and aiding in the disappearance and murder of his daughter.
March 17, 2011 Elisa Baker sits in jail pondering her "dark side". Adam Baker is still out and staying with his mother. No charges on Adam Baker concerning Zahra's death.
March 18, 2011 If Adam Baker is so innocent as he says he is, why did he not check and visually see and touch his daughter?
March 19, 2011 The day of justice for Zahra is coming !
March 20, 2011 Zahra foundation is up and running. Jim Julian’s dream has been realized, a foundation to honor Zahra Clare Baker and collect money to help other children.
March 21, 2011 Two more felony indictments were brought against Elisa Baker. The two felony charges are about two items she did not owne but pawned, a televison set and a pressure washer. Transactions were done at Hickory Gun and Pawn Shop.
Scott Reilly , Elisa's attorney, wants a change of venue stating that Elisa can not get a fair trial due to publicity of the case.He plans on filing a not guilty plea on all charges brought against Elisa.
Adam Baker is claiming Elisa had kept Zahra's death hidden from him.
"From what I could tell, she was in bed, it looked like she was in bed, there was something in bed," Adam has stated.
Adam claims Elisa Baker was great at manipulating people and that she even told him what and when to do the 911 call to report his daughter was missing.
March 22, 2011 No dates have been given for trial yet. Reilly said he still has not been able to go through all the investigative files. The District Attorney's office handed over the files earlier this month.
"It's going to take months," he said.
March 23, 2011 Zahra's memorials are still in place.
March 24, 2011 The Kiwanis Clubs in Catawba County, including the Kiwanis Clubs of Newton, Western Catawba and Hickory, and the Catawba County Golden K Club have partnered together to raise money for an all-children playground in honor of Zahra Baker. The playground would be located at 805 6th Street, SE, Hickory. (Kiwanis bulletin)
March 25, 2011 Many can not stand the time it is taking for the Justice of Zahra.
March 26, 2011 Face book pages about Zahra have not slowed down with support.Many hold Zahra dear to their hearts.
March 27, 2011 Elisa has a lot of time to ponder the dark side now. Wonder if her fairies visit her?
March 28, 2011 Many blogs are following the story of Zahra. It is a shocking case of child abuse. How could her father not of known? There were visits by child services. Adam himself said he was scared of Elisa. Then why would Adam take her word for it that Zahra was sleeping and he never touched or talked to her in over a week? Doesn't quite make sense!
March 29, 2011 Zahra's family must miss her dearly, the ones who loved her. Zahra had no one on her side here in the United States. No one watching out for her! Very sad indeed.
March 30, 2011 No Updates Available.
March 31, 2011 No Updates Available.
April 01, 2011 Elisa Baker is due in court Monday the 4th for her arraignment hearing.
April 02, 2011 "Ride For Zahra" is being put together by Gail Boyce. She lives in Caldwell County and is planning a motorcycle memorial ride in Zahra's memory.
April 03, 2011 Elisa Baker's attorney is seeking a venue change. He wants the trial out of Catawba County cause of the publicity.
April o4, 2011 Elisa Baker was in court today.
While Levinson discussed the possibility of setting a new court date with Bellas and Reilly, Baker shook a few times and looked unsteady on her feet. Reilly eased her into a chair before she collapsed, where she remained for the rest of the hearing.
Levinson decided to not set a trial date for the obstruction charge, knowing the change of venue would be filed. Instead, the two charges were given a new court date of June 27. The two charges are still separate.
Baker walked out of the courtroom clutching a cup of water. She was seen in jail by medical personnel, Reilly said, as a precaution. http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2011/apr/04/19/baker-appears-court-has-near-collapse-ar-918445/
April 05, 2011 Elisa Baker was very pale at the hearing before she collapsed.
April 06, 2011 This is reported in Australia - Lawyers for a US woman accused of the murder of her Australian stepdaughter Zahra Baker have told a North Carolina court they believe she will not receive a fair trial.
April 07, 2011 Video of Elisa baker in court - http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/04/05/3183194.htm?site=sydney
April 08, 2011 The video of Elsa Baker shows that Elisa maybe has noticed the amount of trouble she is facing. Her dream world is coming to a end and maybe she is realizing the true position she is in.
April 09, 2011 No location or information about Zahra's head has ever surfaced! How can they live with this?
April 10, 2011 The community still bears the heart ache caused by Adam and Elisa. Elisa Baker should never be let out in her lifetime.
April 11, 2011 Adam Baker wants to return home to Australia.Law enforcement is planning on having a meeting with him this week concerning his passport. Law Enforcement is still in possession of Adam passport since being arrested.
April 12, 2011 Adam Baker was arrested today, Tuesday, for two felony charges. One was for identity theft and the other for obtaining property by false pretenses.Adam Baker bailed out by 5:15 with a 10,000 dollar cash bond.
It was for obtaining services at the house on 21st street.He used an account with the name James Starbuck with Duke Energy.
Police made no comment whether future arrests are eminent for Adam Baker.
April 13, 2011 Adam Baker was arrested again today by immigration(ICE)and detained till his legal matters are over with in the United States after which he will be deported. Adam Baker expressed his desire to return home to his native land, Australia. A dream he had that won't be fulfilled. Will other charges be coming down for Adam and that is why he is being detained?
April 14, 2011 Adam Baker is still in jail. While sitting in the jury box with hand cuffs/ankle cuffs on, he never looked up at his mother who was sitting there with a friend.
“We got the court order in January (on the charges),” said Maj. Clyde Deal with the Hickory Police Department. “There’s a lot more to this than people think.”“Our intent to start with was to indict,” Deal said. “We didn’t know if he was going to be here to indict. “We served the warrants to ensure he would be here when the indictments were served. If he’s out of the country, it doesn’t make sense.”
Seems like Adam has an indictment coming down on him. Grand Jury does not meet for stealing someone's power or identity theft.
April 15, 2011 Adam is still in custody.
April 16, 2011 Bail bondsman Bradley Rowe posted Baker’s bond on Saturday, said Catawba County Clerk Al Jean Bogle. Baker’s bond was set at $10,000 secured.
April 17, 2011 Many are wondering if charges will ever come down on Adam about Zahra's death.
April 18, 2011 Elisa Baker is still in custody awaiting trial.
April 19, 2011 Adam Baker has been released from the Catawba County Jail. Baker made bond on Saturday, but there was a "hold" placed on him and he was not released until just before 7:30 am Tuesday when he was handed over to the custody of federal immigration officials.
April 20, 2011 Adam Baker has bonded out of jail, been indicted by a grand jury and was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the last couple days.
April 21, 2011 Some media reported that Baker was placed in a federal prison in Texas. Those reports are incorrect.
April 22, 2011 Adam was picked up by ICE Tuesday morning, he is no longer in ICE custody now, said Ice spokesman, Temple Black.
“He’s under their supervision,” said Mark Killian, Baker’s Catawba County attorney. “He meets with them once a week and has an ankle monitoring device.”
BEING THE CASE HAS SLOWED DOWN - TIME LINE WILL REFLECT FACTS AS THEY COME IN, THANK YOU !
April 27, 2011 CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. – The Catawba County District Attorney is asking for additional restrictions on Adam Baker’s pretrial release.
April 29, 2011 NEWTON - Four of Adam Baker’s criminal charges were dropped Friday. He was in District Court to answer to four misdemeanor charges of worthless checks written to grocery stores.
May 04, 2011 Elisa Baker pleaded not guilty in her arraignment hearing for four felony charges in Caldwell County Wednesday afternoon.
Baker, 42, was in court for two counts each of felony identity theft and felony obtaining property by false pretenses. She is accused of using her daughter’s information to obtain phone and communication information from Century Link at a Hudson residence, as well as that same daughter’s information to get services from Duke Energy.
May 06, 2011 NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - Adam Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court Wednesday morning for a bond modification hearing and a judge told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice in advance.
May 18, 2011 In CHARLOTTE, N.C., a federal ghttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifrand jury in Charlotte indicted Elisa Baker, the stepmother of Zahra Baker. She was indicted on drug trafficking charges Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Kyle Busch truck to include a picture of Zahra. Mooresville-based Kyle Busch Motor sports is teaming up with Speedway Childrens Charities to pay remembrance to Zahra Baker during the N.C. Education Lottery 200.
May 19, 2011 A day after Elisa Baker was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges, her former neighbors are saying they aren’t surprised by the news.
“I figured they’d get her some time,” said Peggy Johnson, who lives in the Country Manor Estates mobile home park in Hudson where Elisa andAdam Baker used to live.
May 20, 2011 New Law for Zahra - Dismembering a corpse in an effort to conceal a crime will become a felony in North Carolina if a bill that state Representatives Mark Hilton and Tim Moore have been working on in partnership with District Attorney Jay Gaither becomes law.
May 26, 2011 Zahra Baker's stepmother is expected in Charlotte today to make her first court appearance on federal drug trafficking charges. Continuance !
June 02, 2011 The proposed new law passed the NC House unanimously Thursday. The new law is a direct response to the murder and dismemberment of Zahra Baker. The 10-year-old Australian girl’s remains were discovered in several locations in Caldwell County in early November.
Elisa Baker appeared in U.S. District Court briefly Thursday morning to plead not guilty to seven federal drug charges.
June 24, 2011 Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid will preside over Elisa Baker’s felony charges as they appear in the courtroom, according to an order that was filed in court this week.
June 27, 2011 Elsia Baker is scheduled to be in court Monday.The hearings will give defense attorneys a chance to present motions in the case against Elisa Baker.
July 06, 2011 Many people fear Zahra's case will end up like Caylee Anthony case. Many want justice for Zahra and do not want what happened in Orlando to happen N. C.
July 11, 2011 Adam Baker says he wants justice for his murdered daughter, Zahra. Adam is still being held in the U. S. A.
July 12, 2011 The attorney for Elisa Baker, who is charged with second-degree murder in her stepdaughter's death, filed a motion Tuesday for a change of venue.
July 14, 2011 Elisa Baker sat quietly while in court Thursday. The woman accused of murdering and dismembering her stepdaughter, Zahra Baker and hiding the remains in various locations, sat with her chained hands on her lap.
July 16, 2011 PINK cowboy hats with pink fur trim and sequins, dolls, fairy costumes, dozens of fluffy animals, poignant photos of a freckle-faced young girl with a beaming smile, and a vibrant red "fairy dress" ... this is the sunny bedroom in a quiet Newcastle, NSW home where Karen Baker retreats when her grief gets too much, and she needs to feel close to her murdered granddaughter Zahra. http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/07/16/249301_news.html
July 29, 2011 Inmates help raise money for the Zahra Baker playground.The $1000 total wasgiven to Annette Setzer who has been spearheading fundraising efforts at her Chik Fil A store in Hickory.This helps the Kiwanis fundraiser for the playground in Zahra's name.
August 01, 2011 Elisa Baker was granted a change of venue. Judge Timothy Kincaid granted a motion filed by Scott Reilly, who claimed that “pretrial publicity in this case has been such that the entire county is ‘infected’ with prejudice."
August 04, 2011 Adam Baker does not have a court appearance till November. His attorney, Shell Pearce, was granted a continuance. Adam Baker isn't due back in Caldwell County court until November 3 now on charges of simple assault and communicating threats.
August 11, 2011 HICKORY, NC (WBTV) – A big boost came Thursday in the effort by Kiwanis Club to raise money to build a playground in memory of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl authorities believe was murdered and then dismembered.
Two checks totaling $25,000 was handed to Kiwanis officials by John Link, the owner of the McDonald's restaurant on highway 321 in Hickory.
A federal judge has agreed to delay the drug trafficking case against Elisa Baker, a Hickory resident who has also been charged with the second-degree murder of her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra.
August 13, 2011 Elisa Baker drug trafficking charge has been moved til November 7 , 2011. Her attorneys were not prepared and won a continuance.
September 6, 2011 Adam Baker was in court today and received a continuance so he can file for a venue change. His lawyers feel he can not get a fair trial in Catawba County due to media coverage.Adam is charged with identity theft and obtaining property under false pretenses.
September 12, 2011 Elisa Baker is in court today being arraigned. Location of her trial will be decided today by Judge Kincaid .Scott Reilly has argued that publicity would make it difficult to seat an impartial jury in Catawba County.
Instead, after a 30-minute delay, it was announced the hearing would be moved to Wednesday morning.
September 13, 2011 Possible plea deal with Elisa Baker on the death of her grand - daughter , Zahra !
Elisa to appear in court Thursday.
September 15, 20011 Elisa Baker is in court this morning.Elisa pleads guilty to the death of Zahra. She receives an 18 year sentence. This is not justice for a child! Soon she will face her federal charges on drugs. Adam faces minor charges also.
Press conference after the trial - http://www.chathousenews.com/2011/09/tom-adkins-press-conference-after-elisa.html
September 16, 2011 Emily Deitrich"s message - "Looking out at the pouring rain over the hills, feeling and hearing the rumble of thunder I wonder is she cold or is she wet or is she somewhere that she will only feel the warmth of the sun? Is she damp or is she never (pause). Is she damp or will she only feel the wet as she swims through the warm waters of her dreams? Is she tired or will she never feel the need to rest after a long day? Is she feeling hunger pain or will she forever feel satisfied? Is she scared and alone or will she never feel for security comfort and companionship? All these things I have only ever wanted to protect her from, but was not able. My only hope now is that she is in a place where she will no longer feel the pain for mortality. When she can rest and no longer have the need to be so courageous. I hope she is in a place where she can feel my love and the immense love she has drawn out from people all across our planet."
Adam Baker's comment - “I trusted you with the most precious person on my life. You not only lied to me, but you also lied to Zahra .”
“Zahra loved you more than anything in the world. She looked uphttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif to you, wanted to be like you, yet you filled her life with lies.”
“You took the life of the most wonderful and loving little girl. You robbed her of her future, you robbed the world of an amazing girl, who I have no doubt would have changed the world.”
September 16, 2011 Zahra's mother , Emily visits Hudson , North Carolina to see her daughter's memorial. She looked so sad. Elisa Baker prepares for her time in prison. As she was led from North Carolina, Catawba County Court to spend up to 18 years in jail for the murder and torment to a vulnerable Australian child, Baker's unrelenting sobbing could be heard from behind a closed door.
September 19 , 2011 http://www.chathousenews.com/2011/09/zahra-bakers-birth-mother-speaks-for.html
September 20 , 2011 Elisa Baker was moved from the Catawba County jail to Mecklenburg County jail.
September 24 , 2011 This is the one year anniversary of Zahra's tragic death by the hands of her step-mother, Elisa Baker. Rest in Peace Zahra !
September 26 , 2011 HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - There was painful anniversary over the weekend -- that of a little girl who was robbed of the chance to grow up.How sad,many people attended her anniversary.
October 10, 2011 Its been one year since Zahra disappeared and was murdered - God rest her soul.A ground breaking ceremony on the Zahra Playground will take place on November16 , which is Zahra's birthday.
October 17, 2011 Elisa Baker hearing on drug charges has been delayed. Trial will be held on January 9th , 2012.
October 25, 2011 Elisa Baker insist she is innocent "I am guilty, but I am not guilty, she was the light of my eyes", Elisa now says she was a unwilling participant in the cover up of the murder.
November 3, 2011 A brick, purchased by the local FOP lodge, was to honor the memory of Zahra Baker and the men and women of law enforcement that found her remains, solved her murder and convicted her stepmother for the crime.
Adam Baker was in Caldwell County Thursday for his misdemeanor charges. The case has been continued until January 5th. Adam wants to go home to his home country, "It would be great to get it over with", he said.
November 5, 2011 Zahra's playground donations is closing with a whooping total of $170,000. There will be a ground breaking ceremony Nov. 16 at 10 a. m. at the Kiwanis Park.
November 7, 2011 Adam Baker is filing for a venue change on his 2 felony charges
November 8, 2011 Adam Baker's attorney ask for change of venue siting he can not get a fair trial in Catawba County.
November 16, 2011 A ground breaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, on Zahra's 12th birthday , to honor Zahra !
November 17, 2011 Adam Baker wishes to take Zahra's remains with him to his native land Australia. Adam is the person who the remains will be released to.
November 28, 2011 HICKORY, N.C. -- A new law sparked by the death of Zahra Baker goes into effect this week.The law will make it a criminal act to dismember human remains.
Also, it makes it a felony to conceal a death or secretly dispose of a body.The law goes into effect on Thursday.
December 1, 2011 Zahra Law comes in effect in North Carolina.The law makes it a felony to despose of a body or conceal a death.
December 6, 2011 Zahra Baker's remains are now in custody of her father, Adam Baker.
December 24, 2011 Elisa Baker, who pleaded guilty in September to murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra, has cut a deal with prosecutors on federal drug-trafficking charges.
January 3 , 2012 Adam Baker is expected to be in Superior Court Wednesday for a plea deal, according to his attorney Mark Killian. Elisa Baker is suppose to be in court this week for her drug charges.
January 4, 2012 Both Adam and Elisa Baker are expected to wrap up all of their charges in plea deals on Thursday.
January 5, 2012 Elisa Baker walked into court on Thursday with a cast on one of her legs and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to sell drugs in Catawba and Caldwell counties.
Adam Baker may soon fly home to Australia with the remains of his murdered daughter after settling criminal charges in two counties today.
Adam Baker, whose 10-year-old daughter was murdered in 2010, was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being found guilty today in Caldwell County of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
January 6, 2012 Zahra's portrait to be hung at the Hickory Police Department .
January 9, 2012 The North Carolina police department that solved the killing of a disabled 10-year-old Australian girl now has a portrait of the child to remind them of their duty to protect children.
January 30, 2012 Adam Baker has been deported back to Australia with Zahra's remains. On Monday morning, WBTV learned that Baker was quietly deported back to his home country nearly two weeks ago.
January 31, 2012 Zahra Baker's mother has no idea what has become of her daughters ashes. Emily Dietrich said her daughter's remains might have been buried in Australia without her knowledge.
"Knowing that she's been in a medical examiner's office for so long was terrible, but to know that she's been put to rest somewhere that we are not aware of is," she paused, "I see it as callous."
February 20, 2012 Volunteers are needed to help build Zahra's playground. April 12 -14.
March 6, 2012 Although Adam Baker left the United States more than two months ago, the district attorney’s office did not dismiss pending charges against him and an order for his arrest was issued Monday when he did not show up in Caldwell County District Court.
April 6, 2012 Kiwanis Club of Catawba County is setting up a scholarship fund with money left over from the playground in Zahra's name.
April 11, 2012 Final preparations are being done on the building of Zahra's playground.
April 17, 2012 Human remains have been found near the same location Zahra's were. An appeals court says a judge made the right decision when he unsealed search warrants in the case of a 10-year-old disabled girl from Australia whose stepmother killed her in North Carolina. People are wondering if the remains found are those missing belonging to Zahra.
April 18, 2012 Hunters found the remains on Winkler Way off N.C. 268 just north of Lenoir and called the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. They alerted the Hickory Police Department because the remains are near an area where Zahra Baker’s body was thought to be. Remains were sent to SBI Lab for testing.
April 19, 2012 Crews continue searching in area where the skull was found. Many are speculating it is Zahra's missing skull.
April 20, 2012 Search ends , no more remains have been found.Zahra Baker PDF from court of appeals on search warrants : http://statecasefiles.justia.com/documents/north-carolina/court-of-appeals/11-313.pdf?ts=1334676069
April 21, 2012 The story of Zahra is about to be on film. Independent film producers have teamed with a local screenwriter known as Douglas Whittington. The movie is still in the works and will be based on true facts.
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