01-16-2006, 01:26 PM #1Registered User
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SC - Paul Baker, 3, Beaufort, 5 March 1987
Paul Leonard Baker
Missing since March 5, 1987 from Beaufort, South Carolina
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: June 29, 1983
Age at Time of Disappearance: 3 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3'4; 40 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blond hair; blue eyes.
Marks, Scars, Tattoos: He has scars on his right index finger and on his chin.
<LI>Dentals: One of Baker's teeth was pushed into his gum at the time of his disappearance.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Baker was living with his father and stepmother, James and Susan Baker at the time of his disappearance. They have been arrested in connection with his disappearance. They were charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for allegedly beating him before he vanished March 5, 1987.
Susan Baker told police she put him down for a nap that day and returned to find him missing. Deputies and police searched the area around their home for several days but found no trace of the little boy.
After the disappearance, the couple's 6-year-old daughter was removed by state social workers who discovered broken bones and sores on her body.
Susan Baker was convicted for beating the girl and sentenced to 10 years in prison for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Paul has never been found.
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02-07-2008, 03:20 AM #2Former Member
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SC-Paul Baker (3) - Beaufort , 1987
Missing Since: March 5, 1987 from Beaufort, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: June 29, 1983
Age: 3 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0 - 3'4, 40 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. One of Paul's teeth was pushed into his gum at the time he disappeared. He has scars on his right index finger and on his chin.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A camouflage shirt, a blue jacket, red pants and gray tennis shoes.
Details of Disappearance
Paul's parents, James Baker and Lynda Solorzano, separated in the mid-1980s. James's affair with Susan, who was employed as their children's babysitter, caused the breakup of the marriage. Solorzano said that she moved out of their home with Paul and his sister Nina shortly thereafter. She claimed that James never paid child support afterwards. Solorzano had limited financial means after their separation and applied for public assistance. She was pregnant with her new boyfriend's child by the time her divorce from James was finalized. Solorzano said that the judge sided with James and agreed that she did not have the means to support Paul and Nina. James was awarded full custody of both children and married Susan afterwards.
The Bakers purchased a home in Beaufort, South Carolina by 1987. Susan told authorities that she put Paul down for a nap inside their residence on March 5 of that year. Susan claimed Paul had vanished by the time she returned to check on him. He has never been seen again. An extensive search of the Bakers' property produced little evidence as to Paul's whereabouts.
State authorities removed Nina from the family's home after Paul's disappearance. Investigators learned that she suffered broken bones and had sores covering her body. Susan was convicting of abusing the child and sentenced to ten years in prison for assault and battery. Her sentence was suspended due to time served. Solorzano was involved in a legal battle in an attempt to win custody of her daughter. Nina was eventually placed in her maternal grandmother's care while Solorzano was given the opportunity to improve her life.
Susan and James were extradited back to South Carolina from their Florida residence in 2000 in connection with Paul's disappearance. James had been discharged from military service in 1999 when South Carolina authorities reopened Paul's case. Foul play is suspected in Paul's disappearance. His whereabouts remain unknown.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Washington, D. C.
04-26-2008, 06:48 PM #3
11-04-2009, 06:45 PM #4
Let's hope the current case in Florida makes this thread start to jump to life.
11-04-2009, 09:08 PM #5
it's looking very suspicious for S.B.
hopefully someone who knows something about Paul's disappearance will come forward and both Shannon & Paul will come home/get justice
11-05-2009, 03:42 PM #6
ok this is weird....she put him down for a nap and he went missing but he had shoes and a jacket on? I don't get it."I may have been to hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell
with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on
the ground." - Michelle Knight
11-05-2009, 05:00 PM #7
Thank goodness Paul Baker has his own thread.
I was just thinking, SB said, or someone gave the details about Paul having his shoes on and his jacket when she put him down for a nap.
Maybe it is what she last saw him in,
when she buried his little body somewhere?
I wonder where we can get more information.
When was little Paul Baker last seen?
Do we only have the Baker's word for when he was last seen?
Anyone good at getting to archived newspaper articles?
Different police agencies have looked for Paul.
I am wondering if it is possible to look at police records
from SC.God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
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11-05-2009, 07:06 PM #8Former Member
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Way to go Idaho! Thank you for the thread on Paul!
11-05-2009, 07:22 PM #9Registered User
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I hope the detective from SC is coming down hard on SB. And JB too for that matter.
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11-05-2009, 08:07 PM #11
Am hoping that LE are playing real hard ball with both Susan Elizabeth Baker and James Arthur Baker right now to try and find out what happened to Paul.
Going to see what old information can be found for Paul's case and see if we can start building some good information which may help find Paul.
"If we discuss similarities in these two cases, that's not going to help with their case in Florida," Tanner said. "All we would be doing is help Susan Baker's attorney build a defense. This is a wicked woman. We've always felt that from day one and we're not going to do anything to help her down in Florida."
Will continue to look for news items and relevant articles.
11-05-2009, 08:15 PM #12James Baker and his wife, Susan, then 27, married shortly before moving to Beaufort in 1987 with their children from James' first marriage -- 3-year-old Paul and 6-year-old Nina.
Paul was reported missing on March 5 of that year.
Susan Baker told authorities that she put Paul down for a nap at about 11 a.m. and that he had vanished by the time she checked on him again a few hours later.
Teams searched for Paul on foot, by air and by boat, but he has not been seen since.
Within days of Paul's disappearance, the state removed Nina from the Baker home after discovering she had been abused -- a sheriff's deputy said the girl had been "brutalized" and given no medical attention for a broken hand and ulcerated sores on her back that were the result of whippings.
Susan Baker was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill but pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. She was given a 10-year prison term but released from jail after 80 days when the sentence was suspended for time served, according to records on the Beaufort County courts Web site.
The Bakers later moved to Florida but were extradited back to South Carolina in 2000 in connection with Paul's disappearance, according to reports at that time in The Beaufort Gazette.
However, a grand jury would not indict Susan Baker on a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and in 2003, a charge of unlawful neglect of a child was dismissed, according to Daniel Brownstein, spokesman for 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone's office.
11-05-2009, 08:26 PM #13
Our little guy is making headlines....here's hoping... Here's one from Virginia!!
At the time of Paul's disappearance, James Baker was a Marine living in Beaufort. NCIS military investigators, including Brian Baird who is now an investigator with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, were also involved in the case.
Then in 2000, officials say Susan Baker was extradited back to Beaufort on assault and battery charges of a high and aggravated nature related to Paul, but a grand jury said there wasn't enough evidence to move forward on those charges.
A few months later, she was charged again, this time with child neglect in connection with Paul's disappearance.
That time, a grand jury said there was enough evidence to move forward, but the Solicitors Office decided to drop the case.
Officials say those charges were dropped because child neglect is misdemeanor in South Carolina and only carried a maximum ten year sentence.
If convicted and sentenced to the full ten years, officials say Baker would have been eligible for parole in 18 months.
Tanner said they didn't want to try her unless they had more evidence for additional charges and said it was too much of a gamble.
Baird is now in Florida working with Washington County authorities in the case. Sheriff Tanner says he's hoping his involvement with the case will help shed light on Paul Baker's cold case.
Solicitor Duffy Stone says there is no statute of limitation, so if the Florida investigation reveals new leads in Paul's disappearance, he says authorities will move forward in the 1987 case.
Paul Baker is currently listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. The center has created an aged-progressed photo of Paul to show what he may look like today. He would be 26-years-old.
"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but I still can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." ~Helen Keller~
Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
11-05-2009, 10:17 PM #14
11-05-2009, 11:08 PM #15
Susan and James Baker were extradited back to South Carolina from their Florida residence in 2000 in connection with Paul's disappearance. Investigators think Paul Baker might have been the victim of foul play, but his whereabouts remain unknown.'
"We think the child was murdered or died accidentally and the body was disposed of,"'
Bromage said. "We still have him listed as a missing person."'
However, Bromage doesn't mean investigators stop work on the case. He said until evidence is found to show otherwise, investigators can't assume someone is dead.'
"You always hold out hope that you'll find someone," Bromage said.'God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
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