Hickory, NC -- The State Bureau of Investigation confirmed Thursday that a skull found in April 2012 near Hwy 268 was Zahra Baker's remains.
Hickory Police said the SBI Crime Lab, NC Medical Examiner's Office and Marshall University compared DNA used in her murder trial to the skull found in Caldwell County.
No other insights regarding how Zahra was murdered were available after an examination of the skull was completed.
Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering Zahra and was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison.
Before this information could be released authorities had to first contact family members and the Australian Consulate. Zahra's remains will be returned to members of her family with help from the Consulate.
Zahra Baker was killed and dismembered in 2010.
Source: Hickory Police Dept.