DNA tests show skull is Zahra's

UNITED States police have confirmed a skull found in the woods 12 months ago is that of Australian Zahra Baker, a young girl with a disability who was killed by her stepmother.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said although DNA tests revealed the skull's identity, police were unable to say how the 10-year-old girl died.

Elisa Baker is serving up to 18 years in prison for killing her stepdaughter.

The girl was reported missing in October 2011 from her home in the western North Carolina town of Hickory on the western coast of the US.

Parts of Zahra Baker's remains were found in multiple sites around Hickory shortly after her reported disappearance.

The 10-year-old was born in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales but was living in Townsville with her father, Adam Baker, before moving to the United States after he married Elisa Baker.

ABC reported the child's remains were being returned to family members with the assistance of the Australian consulate.

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