23 years later: Kettering Police continue investigation into Erica Baker’s disappearance

KETTERING — It has been 23 years since 9-year-old Erica Baker’s disappearance.

“This department and community will never forget Erica or her family,” Kettering police said Monday. “KPD continues to investigate Erica’s disappearance.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. V. Mason 937-296-2583 or 1-800-THE-LOST

Christian Gabriel served 6 years in prison after he confessed to driving a van that struck Erica near the intersection of Glengarry Drive and Powhattan in Kettering.

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Both he and his passenger, Jan Franks, had criminal backgrounds so instead of calling for help, Gabriel said he put Erica inside the van and took off.

He still refuses to say what he did with Erica, leaving unanswered questions for investigators and family.

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