NC Cops May Have Break in Zahra Baker Disappearance
Reports say human remains analyzed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2010 6:38 PM CST
A May 2010 file photo shows Zahra Baker, 10, waiting to get a hearing aid.   (AP Photo/Independent Tribune, James Nix, File)

(Newser) – Police say they've discovered new evidence in the case of a missing disabled North Carolina girl, but authorities are being tightlipped about it. Local media say "possible human remains" are being analyzed at a crime lab. Ten-year-old Zahra Baker has been missing since Oct. 9, and authorities think she is dead.

Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, has been charged with obstruction of justice. Police say she admitted writing a bogus ransom note found after a fire was reported in the family's yard the day Zahra was reported missing. Husband Adam Baker remains free on bond over unrelated charges. In a jailhouse letter, Elisa reportedly wrote, "We really didn't kill her, but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying," referring to Adam. Click here for more.