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Lisa Irwin baby disappearance case still active despite dwindling tips

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 10:59 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Tips have tapered off in the disappearance of a baby who was reported missing from her Kansas City home six months ago, but it remains an active missing or abducted child case, police say.

Lisa Irwin was 10 months old when she was reported missing Oct. 4. Her parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, have said they believe a stranger broke into their house and kidnapped their daughter as Bradley slept. They say they believe whoever took the baby is either raising her as their own or sold her.

Police Capt. Steve Young said the case remains classified as a missing or abducted child case, but that tips in the case have dwindled. A $100,000 reward is still available to anyone with information that returns the child, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.

"The leads are certainly not what they used to be," Young said. "The goal is to find out what happened and hopefully in the process, find the child."

Young said detectives last met with the parents Feb. 2 before the couple taped a national television interview, but he said police didn't learn anything significant from that meeting.

John Picerno, a Kansas City lawyer representing Bradley and Irwin, did not allow the couple to be interviewed by the newspaper but said they are cooperating with law enforcement.

"It's been tough, and they struggle with it," Picerno said. "We are still actively searching for Lisa."

Picerno said the parents have opened their home and have been available to investigators.

"At this point, the police cannot be displeased," he said. "They (the parents) haven't been suspects, but they have never been cleared. There is no evidence that I am aware of that points to her (Bradley) in the remotest way of being involved."

Picerno said Bradley, a stay-at-home mom, has also created a website aimed at finding Lisa or gathering clues to her disappearance. But as of Wednesday, the website was closed for maintenance.

It had contained numerous photos of Lisa and pleas to people who may have unknowingly seen Lisa with relatives.

"To the family of the abductors — ATTENTION! All new Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles — You may be holding our daughter in your arms!" the site said earlier.

"The people who have our daughter LISA have been lying to you! If a new child 1-1 1/2 yrs. old has entered your family after October 4, 2011 PLEASE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK!" the website said.


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