24 years later: Kettering police continue investigation into Erica Baker’s disappearance

KETTERING — It’s been 24 years since 9-year-old Erica Baker’s disappearance.

Erica went missing on February 7, 1999 after she left her home in Kettering to walk her dog.

“KPD has not stopped looking for Erica over the last 24 years and will continue to look and follow tips and new information until she is found. KPD detectives have built a great working relationship with EquuSearch Midwest who also continue to look for Erica,” a spokesperson for the Kettering Police Department said.

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

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.

Kettering police ask that if anyone has any information regarding Erica to contact KPD Detective Woolf at 937-296-2598 or 1-800-THE-LOST.