Zahra Baker autopsy released (read autopsy and medical examiner report)
Hickory, NC – On Monday, North Carolina officials released the autopsy report of slain North Carolina girl Zahra Baker, 10.
Although the actual cause of her death remains “undetermined,” the report does indicate the girl died due to “homicidal violence.”
In addition, the autopsy report says that Zahra’s bones had been cut in various areas.
“The marks grossly appear to result from the use of at least two different cutting instruments,” the report said.
It also notes that “Many of the bones are not present for examination, most notably the skull… Several of the bones exhibit cutting tool marks that are consistent with dismemberment. The marks grossly appear to result from the use of at least two different cutting instruments.”
Zahra was reported missing from the family’s Hickory, North Carolina home by her father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9, 2010. He told authorities he hadn’t seen the girl for days, but that his wife, Elisa Baker, told him she had seen Zahra her bedroom at 2:30 a.m. that morning. The dismembered girl’s remains were discovered by authorities in different locations in the area in November.
To see photos regarding the case, click here.
According to search warrants, Elisa claims that Adam dismembered and disposed of Zahra’s body, however, on Monday, Elisa was charged with the second-degree murder of Zahra.
Elisa was already behind bars facing charges of obstruction of justice for writing a fraudulent ransom note related to the case, along with bigamy, accused of being married to Adam and another man at the same time.
To read Zahra Baker’s autopsy and the medical examiner’s report, click on the player to the left of this article, or click here.
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