Bottom Right: Age-progressed by NCMEC to 16 years (2008)
Erica Nicole Baker
Missing since February 7, 1999 from Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
She was last seen when she left the house to walk her dog between 15.00 and 15.30 on February 7, 1999. The dog was later found but Erica has not been seen since.
Police found few clues, but they developed a scenario based on sources that Erica had been struck by a car and one or more occupants picked up her body and hid it.
Christian Gabriel was found guilty on one count of gross abuse of a corpse and one count of tampering with evidence.
In the search for the girl's body, Gabriel took investigators to Eastwood Lake, Huffman MetroPark and finally to Caesar Creek State Park. In July 2004 he told Kettering police that he and three others were in a van when they struck Erica in the street. The other three buried her at Huffman MetroPark, he told police.
Four months later, his story changed. He was in the van with just one other person, Jan Franks, and they buried the body in a different location, according to his statement.
Three months later, his story changed again. This time he said he didn't even own a van at the time of her disappearance. Bakerís body has never been found. A woman who police said was also in the van at the time died before she could tell authorities about the case.
Investigators Kettering Police Department
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Kettering Police Department
Local Case Number: 990266/NamUs MP#4455 NCMEC #: NCMC860119 NCIC Number: M188731580 Source Information:
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Dayton Daily News
Friends of Erica
NamUs MP #4455
NCMEC #: NCMC860119
NCIC Number: M188731580 Source Information: