Disappearance of Lisa Irwin

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Lisa Irwin
Born Lisa Renée Irwin
(2010-11-11)November 11, 2010
Independence, Missouri
Disappeared October 4, 2011 (aged &&&&&&&&&&&&032710 months 24 days)
Kansas City, Missouri
Status Missing for 5 years, 8 months and 18 days
Residence Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American
Known for Missing Child
Parent(s) Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin
Website findlisairwin.com

The disappearance of Lisa Renée Irwin was reported after it was found that she was missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri, in the early morning hours of October 4, 2011.[1][2][3]


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Age progression of Irwin to three-years-old
Age progression of Irwin to five-years-old

Deborah Bradley, Lisa's mother, said that Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, discovered her missing around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4. According to Deborah, Lisa had been in her bed when she checked on her at 6:40 p.m. Monday night, but when Jeremy came home from his late night job on Tuesday, he discovered "many of the home's lights were on, a window was open and the front door was unlocked".[3] Later, the family told police that several cellphones were also missing.[3]

During the subsequent investigation, two witnesses were discovered who claimed to have seen a man walking down the street with a baby.[4] Police were able to find and question a man matching the description of one witness, but the other witness claimed that his photo does not match the man they saw.[5][6]

On October 19, 2011, a search was performed of the Irwin home, and court documents showed that a cadaver dog turned up a scent of a dead body near the mother's bed.[4] Items removed from the home at the time the warrant was executed include a multicolor comforter, purple shorts, a multicolor Disney character shirt, a Glo Worm toy, a "Cars"-themed blanket, rolls of tape and a tape dispenser.[7]

During an interview with the Associated Press, Deborah said the police had accused her of being involved in Lisa's disappearance, and claimed that she had failed a lie detector test, telling her "You did it. You did it. And we have nothing."[8][9] Deborah and Jeremy announced the following week that they were organizing a reward in hopes that it would result in new information.

Jeremy Irwin appeared on the Today Show for an interview regarding the events, saying "We just want to make sure that we tell everybody that we're still cooperating. We're still talking to the police. We're doing everything we can to try to find Lisa and bring her home."[10] Bradley was also on the broadcast.

In October, the Irwin family reported that an anonymous benefactor had hired a private investigator, and issued a $100,000 reward for Lisa's return.[11]

In October 2011, Cyndy Short stopped representing the Irwin family, saying that she was unable to work with the family's other attorney, Joe Tacopina.[12][13] Lisa's brothers had been scheduled for interviews and to collect DNA samples regarding the case, but their parents cancelled the night before, according to Tacopina,[14] the family's attorney, and have allegedly denied investigators access to the boys.[13] The boys had a second interview on November 10, 2011.[15] A police request for a warrant claims that inconsistent stories from people involved may have hampered early stages of the investigation.[6]

In May 2012, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin reported that their debit card had been fraudulently used on a website that provides false birth certificates. The Today Show and America Live both confirmed that the website existed. Their attorney also confirmed that he visited the website.[16] Police have said they are continuing their investigation and they believe Irwin may still be alive.[17]

In October 2013, a girl thought to be Lisa was discovered in a gypsy camp in Greece. Authorities determined the girl was not Lisa Irwin.[18]

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  1. ^ "Search intensifies for missing Mo. baby Lisa Irwin". CBS News. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Second day of search for Lisa Irwin begins". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Hoffer, Steven. "Lisa Irwin Missing: Missouri Baby Unlikely Taken By Stranger". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Lisa Irwin Search Warrant Reveals Cadaver Dog Hit". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Baby Lisa: Police Re-Interview Key Witness | Video - ABC News". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Baby Lisa Irwin: New Surveillance Footage of Mystery Man". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Loiaconi, Stephen (2012-03-14). "Baby Lisa’s Parents Attend Vigil". HLNtv.com. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Statistics: Mo. baby unlikely taken by stranger". CBS News. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Missing baby's mom: Cops said I did it". CBS News. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Baby Lisa Irwin Missing: Police Stage 'Break- In' for More Clues". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "Baby Lisa's Brothers: Interviews and DNA Sampling Scheduled". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Kansas City Attorney Leaves Case of Missing Baby Lisa Irwin". Fox News. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ a b "Missing Baby Lisa: Interviews with Brothers Canceled, Attorney Dismissed". Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ NYC Criminal Defense Attorneys
  15. ^ "Missing Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin's brothers interviewed again - Crimesider". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  16. ^ "Missing baby Lisa: Is debit card fraud a clue?". Today.msnbc.msn.com. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  17. ^ "Family, friends release balloons for Baby Lisa". Kshb.com. 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  18. ^ DeAnn Smith (November 21, 2013). "FBI investigates whether abducted girl found in Greece is Lisa Irwin". KCTV5. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 

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