CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. (CBS/WBTV) Possible evidence in possibly related to the murder of Zahra Clare Baker, the 10-year-old North Carolina girl whose dismembered body was scattered throughout Caldwell County, N.C., was discovered in the area where the girl's prosthetic leg and a bone were discovered last fall.
A logger working came across a briefcase which contained what appeared to be a blanket or a piece of clothing covered with dark stains just before noon Tuesday, reports CBS affiliate WBTV.
Judging by the condition in which the briefcase was found, authorities believe it was in the woods for a considerable amount of time.
The briefcase, along with its contents, were sent to the State Bureau of Investigation in Raleigh to be analyzed. Until the results come back investigators will not know for sure if the items relate to the case.
Although no one has been charged with Zahra's murder, the young girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, is in police custody for an obstruction of justice charge relating to the Zahra's disappearance and death, as well as a recent bigamy charge.
Zahra's father Adam Baker was briefly jailed during the investigation on charges that did not pertain to the case. Police say he has not been ruled out as a person of interest.
Zahra, who lost her leg and used hearing aids as a result of a bout with cancer, was first reported missing Oct. 9, 2010 by Adam Baker.
According to The Hickory Daily Record, Zahra's father and stepmother are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 27.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the case to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
COMPLETE COVERAGE OF ZAHRA CLARE BAKER ON CRIMESIDER