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Police back at home of Kansas City missing baby Lisa Irwin

October 10, 2011, 9:49 a.m. Updated October 11, 2011, 1:02 a.m.

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Kansas City, Mo., police issued an Amber Alert for Lisa Irwin, an infant who disappeared from her Kansas City home overnight on Oct. 3.

Kansas City, Mo., police issued an Amber Alert for Lisa Irwin, an infant who disappeared from her Kansas City home overnight on Oct. 3.

— Several detectives returned Monday to the Kansas City home where a 10-month-old girl was last reported seen a week ago.

The detectives spent more than an hour inside the home Monday. They also searched among bushes along a fence at the back of the house near the garage. But they did not appear to find anything.

Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley reported their daughter, Lisa Irwin, missing early last Tuesday after Jeremy Irwin returned from a late shift at work. Police have said they have chased down scores of leads, but so far have no suspects.

Also Monday, detectives questioned neighbors on a busy street about three blocks from the family’s home, and several patrol cars were also seen in the neighborhood.

Detectives also searched foliage at a nearby home.

On Sunday, investigators in Kansas City climbed through a window that the parents said had been tampered with the night Lisa disappeared, in an apparent attempt to re-enact an abduction.

The parents said someone must have crept into their home while the child’s mother and brothers slept and snatched the baby girl.

The parents said a front window had been tampered with, and police were seen crawling through one Sunday. An officer was back at the house early Monday for about 10 minutes, walking around to the rear.

He did not speak to the media. Capt. Steve Young, the police spokesman, said only that detectives have been pursuing leads but are “at the mercy of the next good idea.”

“We’re trying everything we can,” Young said. “We’re trying every idea that we can.”

But although Young said leads are coming in “all the time,” investigators have said they have nothing solid so far and no suspects despite an extensive search of the family’s quiet neighborhood, including their home and neighbors’ houses, a nearby woods, sewers and a Kansas landfill.

John Hamilton, a former Kansas City police officer who’s now an associate professor of criminal justice at Park University, said crime scene re-enactments aren’t common but can be valuable in some instances.

“When there’s a large amount of evidence there ... the re-enactment thing is probably not a necessity,” he said. “What it says to me is they were not able to find much physical evidence at the scene.”

A re-enactor likely walked through the house holding a doll about the same size and weight as Lisa to see how an abductor might have navigated the home in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep, he said. The goal would be to find small details that might initially have been overlooked or a trigger that could shift the investigation in a whole new direction.

“I like (re-enactments),” Hamilton said. “They are a different kind of think-out-of-the-box way of approaching things.”

Irwin and Bradley are again meeting with police. Police said last week that the couple had stopped cooperating, but the family quickly denied the claim, saying they simply needed a break that night from police questioning.

Bradley has said police told her she failed a lie detector test.

"I like (re-enactments)," Hamilton said. "They are a different kind of think-out-of-the-box way of approaching things."

Lisa's parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, spoke with detectives late Saturday, Young said. He would not say how long investigators interviewed the couple, but he did say police were pleased the parents were meeting with them. Police said late Thursday that the couple had stopped cooperating, but the family quickly denied the claim, saying they simply needed a break that night from police questioning.

Bradley has said police told her she failed a lie detector test.

Family spokesman Mike Lerette said Monday in text messages to The Associated Press that the family is working closely with police, and that investigators "seem to be following up on a lot those lists we all put together over the week."

He said the family had little information about the investigation.

"We're tracking it just like everyone else though," he said, "by watching the news hoping to hear breaking good news."


Associated Press writer Bill Draper contributed to this report.

Comments

akt2 3 years, 6 months ago

I saw an interview over the weekend on a nat'l channel. The mother said that a baby monitor was on. She turned lights off before going to bed, but couldn't remember if she locked the door. The father found all the lights on when he came home. There were 3 cell phones on the counter that were missing. One of those did not work. The father carried an additional cell phone for work. So it wouldn't have been that unusual for him to leave without his personal phone since he had another one he could use. That was the one they used to call 911. There is a male neighbor that hasn't been seen since the baby was taken. Such an odd situation.

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