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Police in North Carolina say bone may be Zahra Baker's

As the nearly month-long search for missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker continued today, search teams discovered a bone that police say may have belonged to her.

Hickory police said they sent the bone to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for inspection. Deputy Chief Clyde Deal would not say where authorities found the bone, except to say it was in Caldwell County.

Also on Wednesday, authorities were draining a Caldwell County pond in an area where they recently found a key piece of evidence.

Investigators looked for clues in a pond near Christie Road, Hickory Police Deputy Chief Clyde Deal said. Deal said police were draining the pond because "we want to be thorough."

The pond is in the vicinity of a brushy area where search crews last week found a prosthetic leg that police say belongs to Zahra.

The Hickory girl, who is hearing impaired, used the prosthetic leg because her lower left leg was amputated due to bone cancer.

No one has been charged in Zahra's disappearance, which was report Oct. 9, but her stepmother and father were arrested on other charges.

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