“And right now we wanted to hit it hard when the vegetation was down and not fully in bloom because that makes it a little more difficult for us,” he added.
Rader said “things were done 22 years ago” and the area in question has evolved since.
“And we’re just trying to revisit a few places that may not have been searched as thoroughly as they wanted back then,” he said.
Kettering police Public Information Officer Joe Ferrell said to his knowledge, the Baker case has never been considered closed.
“Anytime a lead would come in, we would follow up on it. In this instance, it’s not a lead,” Ferrell said. “They’re searching an area where they know they’ve searched in the past based on the leads that they’ve had.”
Baker left home on a rainy afternoon to walk the family dog near the Kettering Recreation Complex. The dog was found, but Baker never returned.
There have been tips, multiple searches and the conviction, sentencing and release of a man who said he drove the van that struck and killed Baker.
Christian Gabriel served six years in prison for gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence after confessing to driving the van that struck the girl near the intersection of Glengarry Drive and Powhattan Place in Kettering.
Rader said “we’re just hoping that this is the spot where she is so we can give closure not only to the family, but also the community.
“The community – since Day 1 – has been involved in this … We’d love to give the family, first and foremost, what they so desire,” he added.