HICKORY, NC (AP) - Kristie Pope decided to create an organization to help fight child abuse after hearing about a missing disabled girl in Hickory.
The Hickory Daily News reported Sunday that Pope started The Zahra Project in memory of a cancer survivor who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg and whose remains were found recently in North Carolina.
Zahra Baker's stepmother has been charged with obstruction, accused of faking a ransom note to mislead investigators. Elisa Baker also told authorities that Zahra's body was dismembered after she died. No cause of death has been publicly revealed and no one has been charged in Zahra's death.
The 40-year-old Pope says 6,000 people are following The Zahra Project that she started on Facebook in October after police said they were investigating the case as a homicide.