Photo of Erica Nicole Baker shortly before she went missing
Erica Baker was a 9-year-old girl who lived in Kettering, Ohio when she went disappeared over one decade ago. Her parents, Greg Baker and Melissa “Missy” Erica, were divorced and shared custody.
On February 7, 1999 at approximately 3p.m., Greg Baker “passed off” Erica to her mother. Less than an hour after getting dropped off, Erica asked her mother if she could walk her aunts dog, Shih-Tzu around Indian Riffle Park which is a local park not to far from her Kettering, OH home.
Less than an hour later the dog was picked up by Animal Control approximately one mile away after it was spotted wandering along with Erica nowhere in sight.
When Misty was informed that the dog was picked up she immediately contact police to report her daughter missing.
Police searched the neighborhood and asked locals if they seen the little girl. One person said he spotted the girl walking the dog near a large pond near the Kettering Recreation Center about 3/4 of a mile from her home. This was the last known sighting before she went missing.
The pond was drained but no evidence related to this case was located.
Police went around the neighborhood to ask locals if they seen anything unusual/suspicious but it was as if she just simply vanished. The case quickly became National news and was even featured on America’s Most Wanted but despite the attention, the missing girl’s whereabouts remain unknown.
She would be turning 23 this year.
This case is very similar to the disappearance of Steven “Steve” Kraft Jr, a 12-year-old Michigan boy who vanished shortly after he left his Benton Township home to walk his dogs. Both cases happened within two years of each other, both cases received National attention and both cases remain unsolved.
Age progressed photo of what Erica Baker might look like at 18
Type of Abduction: Suspicious Circumstances
Date Missing: February 7, 1999
Missing from: Kettering, OH
Date of Birth: June 22, 1989
Age at disappearance: 9 years old
Weight: 65 lbs.
Hair: Blonde, worn straight to her shoulders, all one length
Other: Erica’s front teeth are crooked. She has a scar on her right foot and an oval-shaped, brown birthmark about the size of a dime on her hip. Both ears are pierced.
Last Seen Wearing: Light color blue jeans, pink sweatshirt with Winnie the Pooh on the front, and a pink raincoat and white cheerleading shoes.
Erica Baker’s disappearance remains a mystery … 2/4/01 Dayton Daily News.
“America’s Most Wanted” (2/20/99)
“The Official Website of the Erica Baker Recovery Center”
Friends of Erica Baker Website
Click here for a more detailed description regarding the disappearance of Erica Baker.
If you have information regarding this case, please contact:
The Kettering (OH) Police Department – (937) 296-2570