Investigators wait for DNA results, review and re-evaluate in Zahra case
Meanwhile, District Attorney Jay Gaither said he re-iterated with the SBI Crime Lab the importance of putting a rush on the case. Gaither said that is standard procedure, and something the SBI was doing before he made the request.
Since the investigation began October 9th, Hickory Police have submitted four rounds of evidence to the SBI for processing. In two of those submissions, the first results came back within a few days, the next results came back in two weeks.
The SBI has not disclosed what evidence was tested; however search warrants were executed on the former Baker home, two cars parked in the driveway, and a search was done at Adam Baker's work site during the timeframe evidence was submitted.
The last two submissions were made to the SBI on November 3rd and 4th. That's when police also announced they found a possible bone connected to Zahra.
DNA evidence will likely be the most crucial evidence in prosecuting whoever brought harm to Zahra Baker. The ten-year-old was reported missing October 9th, by her father, Adam Baker.
After finding the bone Nov. 3, law enforcement sent it to the medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill for testing. After those tests, if it’s determined to be connected to Zahra’s case, it will be sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh for additional tests.
“A rush has been put on any evidence relating to this case,” said Capt. Thurman Whisnant with the Hickory Police Department. “The SBI made it priority No. 1. The bone is of key importance. I know they’re working on it right now.”
Did you guys see this?
"Were looking for any kind of confirmation on whether its a human bone, and if we can extract a DNA profile," Whisnant said.
On Monday, there were several pink flags along Christie Road where investigators had marked evidence, the Daily Record reported.
A few white flags were planted where law enforcement had found bones.
Last edited by RoseTree; 11-09-2010 at 12:53 AM. Reason: unneccesary info
Of course it is! IF this bone is Zahra's, then it is THE key to this case.
Prooves death. May provide clue as to other areas to look (as in this was found at known dumping site for locals).
FInding out if this bone is Zahra's is critical.
IMO the report linked above means that the bone has been determined to be human and has been passed on for further analysis.
I do not believe it is "related" to Zahra's case at this point til they ID it as Zahra's bone. I think that is what is being done right now.
Every single time I get frustrated, some WS member or a group of them reminds me of exactly why this is the best true crime forum on the web.
I agree with Mark Glaas...on Nancy Grace he said that he feels that this bone shouldn't have been said to belong to the little girl or might belong to her until they know for sure it does. Nancy Grace has it belonging to the little girl and keeps saying that she disappeared from her bedroom but then goes on to say the step-mother is in jail and the LE are looking at stepmom and daddy. At times I think Nancy just rattles to hear herself because she sure doesn't stick with the truth half of the time.
I wish this little girl would be found alive somewhere. For some reason LE was really quick to call it a homicide. Half of the time they don't come to that conclusion even with evidence. They know a lot more than we do...I think. They are just keeping it quiet...darn them.
This is JMOO, that LE was pretty forthcoming about finding the bone they believe to be related to Zahra, so I see no reason for them to be evasive if other bones were found relating to Zahra.
During that investigation we watched the evidence take crazy turns, heard rumors coming from the LE and to be honest a lot of people believed the case was a mess. The public were fed too much information and realized things were not being handled correctly.
Anyway, I said all that just so I could say that the LE here now are probably being extra careful. We don't have a lot of high profile cases in our town (I've lived here all my life and can only name one handful) and after the bad experience they are sure of themselves. This time they are using their heads, keeping evidence quiet and not making impulse statements to the press.
I can see a major difference in how LE is handling this case from the other one. And in all honesty, I appreciate their more professional manner with Zahra.
i wonder when they expect results from the bone.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere