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Police Search Pond For Erica Baker's Remains
DAYTON -- A tip leads police and dive crews to a pond to search for the remains of a well-known missing girl who disappeared nearly 15 years ago.
Erica Baker has been missing since February 1999. She was just 9 years old.
Christian Gabriel admitted to being in the van that struck Erica.
Gabriel told police he and his friends then buried her body, but he couldn't remember the exact location.
At a recent memorial service for Erica, her mom Misty Baker says a woman approached her with a new tip.
Apparently, Gabriel used to live near a fishing pond just off Valley Street in Dayton.
For the past three weeks, dive crews and police have been searching the area.
Unfortunately, they weren't able to find anything related to Erica's disappearance.
"I was like, oh my God, this could be the year, this could be the year she's found. I thought I could put her where I put the head stone and this could be the year I finally have some answers," said Misty Baker, Erica's mother.
Dive crews did find three vehicles and a small fishing boat at the bottom of the pond.
It will be up to Dayton police whether those items will be pulled from the water.
DAYTON -- Right now, Kettering Police are searching a small pond on Route 4 near Valley Street in Dayton.
They received a tip and are looking for the remains of missing 9-year-old Erica Baker.
She disappeared while walking her dog in February 1999.
Christian Gabriel is the only person who served time in connection with Erica's disappearance.
He admitted to being in the vehicle that hit and killed Erica, but never remembered where he left the remains.
We spoke to Misty Baker, Erica's mother, who tells us she was approached by a woman at a memorial for Erica last month, about a tip.
The woman told her Gabriel and his friends went fishing in the pond where Kettering Police are searching at this time.
Searches have gone on for years after Erica's disappearance.
In a recent interview with Misty, she said she was still hopeful that they would one day find her daughter's remains.
We have a crew on the way to the scene, and will have a live update on ABC 22 News at 6 and FOX 45 News at 6:30.
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