Sunday, August 26, 2001

Missing girl's case still active

        KETTERING, Ohio — City police still receive tips regularly on the whereabouts of 9-year-old Erica Baker, who left her house Feb. 7, 1999, to take her dog out for a walk and hasn't been seen since.

        “We're continuing to follow up on leads,” Kettering Police Detective Bob Green said. “It's a very active case.” Last Tuesday, Kettering police searched for Erica's body at a water-filled gravel pit near Eastwood Lake in Dayton.

        Several weeks ago, the Dayton Fire Department used dogs trained to find cadavers to search that gravel pit for the body of a drowned man. The man's body eventually floated to the surface.

        But one of the dogs indicated a body may be under water far from where the man had been swimming. A firefighter later told Det. Green about the incident.

        So Kettering police sent a dog into the gravel pit, but nothing was found.

        Erica's family receives tips via phone, e-mail and regular mail at the Erica N. Baker Recovery Center, in donated space in a shopping plaza on Smithville Road in Kettering.
        —Steve Kemme


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