Officials say skull belonged to 10-year-old disabled North Carolina girl

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hickory, NC, United States (4E) – A skull found in a bush land in Caldwell County, North Carolina in April 2012 has been identified by authorities Thursday as the murdered 10-year-old girl, Zahra Baker.

Hickory police said the tests of the skull have not determined how the disabled girl was killed.

Zahra was reported missing by her father, Adam Baker, in October 2010 and weeks later, her stepmother, Elisa Baker, showed investigators where to find parts of the girl’s dismembered body, but some of her remains, including her skull, were not recovered that time.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab, the state’s medical examiner and experts at Marshall University in West Virginia managed to identify the skull using Zahra’s DNA profile.

Baker is serving a 15 to 18 year sentence for the 2010 murder and dismemberment of the Australian born child, who survived two bouts of cancer, that left her with one leg and a hearing problem.

The Australian Embassy will assist in bringing Zahra’s remains to Australia for burial.

It was reported that Zahra’s father, Adam, was not charged in connection his daughter’s death and is now in Australia.

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