Missing Girl's Fake Leg Found, Parents Grilled

Cops digging up family's backyard in North Carolina
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Suggested by GoingLikeSixty
Posted Oct 28, 2010 4:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – A prosthetic leg believed to belong to a missing 10-year-old girl has been found in woods off a North Carolina road, police report. Cops have been hunting for Zahra Baker since early this month after she was last seen in a furniture store. The girl lost her leg to bone cancer when she was 5, and later developed lung cancer. Police are scouring the Caldwell County home where Zahra lived with her dad and stepmom, and a backhoe was being used to dig up the backyard.

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The parents threw out Zahra's mattress shortly after the girl went missing, CNN reports. Zahra's stepmom has confessed to writing a fake ransom note after police began searching for the girl. "We're looking for any piece of evidence that can help in the investigation," said a police spokesman. (Read more Zahra Baker stories.)

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