Search For Missing Teen In Its Fourth Month

Saturday, February 23rd 2008, 5:54 pm
By: News On 6

Those looking for the body of Cori Baker had to deal with chilly temperatures.  Despite the cold, there is renewed enthusiasm in the search for the missing teen.  The family of the 13-year-old credits a psychic with attracting volunteers and attention to the case.

The News On 6's Chris Wright reports California psychic Jeff Baker was once again leading the search on Saturday.  While some have expressed skepticism about his methods, Cori's family says he has proved invaluable.

Flanked by volunteers, some of whom brought their own search dogs, Cori Baker's family once again focused their search on the wooded area near Floral Haven in Broken Arrow.

The 13-year-old has been missing since November and is presumed dead.

Earlier in the week, self-proclaimed psychic Jeff Baker, who is not related to the family, had confidently proclaimed that her body would be found here.

"She told me that right there, that ball right there, a factory down there, she told me she was buried on top of indians behind a gravesite," said Jeff Baker.

After several days of searching the area, that premonition has yet to prove true.  But Cori's grandmother believes they are getting close.

"I know from October, November on, there were lots of people who felt she was in this area.  So I really believe we're on the right track," said Linda Baker, Cori's Grandmother.

Despite the lack of results, the Bakers also remain steadfast in their praise for Jeff Baker.  They say even though a body has not surfaced, the psychics stay in Tulsa has generated attention, and that can only be good for the case.

"Regardless of whether or not Cori is found why he is here, he has helped our family so much, and he's helped organize this, and spark a new interest," said Linda Baker.

That new interest has translated to new volunteers.  The Bakers say they'll need them, as the search for Cori wears on into its fourth month.

"We'll be here until we're sure she's not here.  And then we will continue somewhere else.  We will never stop, we've got to find her," said Linda Baker.

Jeff Baker has also spoken several times with Marquis Bullock, the man charged with Cori's murder.  He says if Bullock helps them find the body, the family will testify on his behalf, and work with prosecutors to reduce his sentence.

The search near Floral Haven will resume on Sunday morning.  The family says they will continue to look there until the entire area has been thoroughly searched.