By: Kristen Hegel
The search for missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin of Kansas City, Missouri continues as authorities begin to question parents again after finding no other leads in the first week.
According to Irwin’s parents, Deborah and Jeremy Irwin, she was last seen asleep in her crib on Monday night around 10:30 p.m. When her father returned from work on Tuesday morning at 4:00 a.m., she was nowhere to be found. “The front door was unlocked,” Jeremy stated. “Most of the lights were on in the house, and the window in front was open – all very unusual.”
The Kansas City Police Department was quick to set up road blocks and go door to door questioning local residents. It was reported that hundreds of policemen and firemen searched all day for the missing girl, including the wooded area near the family’s house. Police have also searched over 300 homes in the surrounding area. An Amber Alert was initially issued, but later cancelled due to the fact that hours had passed since Lisa had gone missing.
Reports claim that Lisa’s bedroom window had been tampered with, but nothing has been proved yet. “It appears the suspect entered/exited through a bedroom window,” authorities stated. “Evidence at the scene leads police to believe the child has been abducted.” Another lead came from a neighbor who spotted a man carrying a baby near the Irwin’s resident at 2:00 a.m. Unfortunately, of the 50 tips police have received, no suspects or persons of interest have resulted from any of the leads.
Captain Steve Young of the Kansas City Police Department stated last Wednesday that “police are not ruling out any possibilities, including the involvement of Irwin’s parents in her disappearance, but the mother and father are both cooperating and they have no reason to suspect them at this point.”
“We just want our baby back. Please bring her home. Our two other boys are waiting for her. Please, just drop her off anywhere, we don’t care. Just somewhere safe where she can come home, please,” Deborah Irwin said. “The main goal has always been to find Lisa and bring her home.” The Irwin parents are cooperating with police as they continue to search for their daughter.