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But the mystery of how Zahra Baker perished deepened as authorities gave a terse briefing, revealing that one of her bones was found five miles away from other remains they think belonged to the girl.

“I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation,” said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins, who explained that investigators matched the bone with the child’s DNA. “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.”

Police said earlier this month they found the bone in some brush alongside Zahra’s prosthetic leg in an area in Caldwell County, where she lived with her father and stepmother until mid-September.

Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, is in jail, charged with trying to throw off investigators with a bogus ransom note. Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, has been arrested on charges unrelated to her disappearance and is free on bail.

PENNSYLVANIA

Game warden killed while probing poaching

GETTYSBURG — A felon caught poaching deer and a state game warden who had him partly handcuffed engaged in a “ferocious exchange of gunfire” that killed the officer and wounded the suspect, who was arrested 11 hours later, authorities said.

David L. Grove, a 31-year-old wildlife conservation officer from Fairfield, was fatally shot Thursday night in a rural area near Eisenhower National Historic Site outside Gettysburg, police said. The suspect, Christopher Lynn Johnson, 27, told police he fled with the handcuffs locked on his left wrist and shot them off himself, according to a police affidavit. He was arrested at a hunting camp Friday morning.

Mr. Grove witnessed what he suspected was illegal night hunting with a spotlight and had pulled over Mr. Johnson’s truck at about 10:30 p.m., police said. He had called in the license plate before “a ferocious exchange of gunfire” occurred, state police Commissioner Col. Frank Pawlowski said. Mr. Johnson and a passenger then fled, authorities said.

Police said Mr. Johnson had an apparent gunshot wound to the hip when he was caught, and he was treated at a hospital in York. Authorities recovered a dead buck near the crime scene.

Mr. Grove was shot four times, and the fatal wound was to his neck, Adams County Coroner Pat Felix said. He was the first Pennsylvania game warden killed in the line of duty in 95 years.

TENNESSEE

Palin e-mail hacker gets year in custody

KNOXVILLE — A former University of Tennessee college student who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign has been sentenced to a year and a day with the judge recommending the term be served in a halfway house, not prison.

Federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips also said David Kernell, who was a 20-year-old economics major when he deduced the answers to security questions and read e-mails in Mrs. Palin’s private account, should get mental health treatment.

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