Archive for Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New York man: Benefactor asked he help find missing Kansas City baby

October 12, 2011, 10:13 a.m. Updated October 12, 2011, 9:49 p.m.


— A New York-based security consultant who said he was hired by a wealthy benefactor to help search for a missing baby in Kansas City got little response Wednesday from police who have been looking for the child for more than a week.

Police said Bill Stanton, who declined to say who hired him, won’t have access to any case files related to their search for Lisa Irwin because he isn’t law enforcement. He also doesn’t appear to be licensed as a private investigator in Missouri as required when acting in that capacity.

“He will have access to anything the general public has access to,” Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Steve Young said.

When asked by the Associated Press if he has handled a missing child case, Stanton said he couldn’t detail cases involving children, then responded “Google me” when asked to discuss any of his past cases. He said he has worked as a consultant for “major media organizations,” and the website for a consulting firm that lists him as a founding partner said he was a New York police officer before moving into private investigative work.

Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, reported their daughter missing early Oct. 4, saying she disappeared from her crib at their single-story home sometime overnight as her mother slept in a nearby room.

Hundreds of local, state and federal investigators have been looking for the child ever since, scouring through hundreds of tips and repeatedly searching the family’s neighborhood, nearby woods, sewers and a landfill. But police said they have no suspects or solid leads.

Stanton said a wealthy “benefactor” connected to a family member asked him to get involved and acknowledged the family didn’t hire him. Stanton said he would fly in other people on Thursday, but wouldn’t elaborate.

He said he would be managing any media inquiries directed at the family, which family members confirmed. They said he had their support.

“I am hopeful this child is safe and alive,” Stanton said. “I don’t want to make this about me.”

On Wednesday, detectives using all-terrain vehicles and tracking dogs searched a heavily wooded area a few blocks from the home, but it turned up nothing. Young said more than 40 detectives, along with the FBI and other police departments, are working the case.

What Stanton could offer the investigation is unclear.

Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said his organization doesn’t work with private investigators and had not heard of Stanton.

“Families in these situations are desperate and feel the need to do anything they can possibly do,” Allen said. “I hope he helps them.”

Jimmie Mesis, editor-in-chief of New Jersey-based PI Magazine, a trade magazine for private investigators, said he has heard of Stanton. He said Stanton’s involvement could be troublesome if he interferes with witnesses, but he also could keep a national spotlight on the case — even if that attention is focused on “Wild Bill,” a moniker for which Stanton has become popular.

“With Bill, one benefit, because he has celebrity status as a private investigator, the media is going to be interested in seeing what he’s doing,” Mesis said. Later, he added, “He’s putting his reputation on the line, too.”


doc1 6 years, 7 months ago

Thats because the mother was involved.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 7 months ago

How could that possibly be? She was too busy "re-programming" three cell phones at the same time.

Alex Parker 6 years, 7 months ago

Pywacket, they are not using metal detectors to find anything specific. Rather, they have the tool at their disposal and are using it to find potential new evidence.

akt2 6 years, 7 months ago

The reports I heard this morning were that the family will no longer speak with local news. They have hired a private investigator from out east. And the thing I thought was most interesting was that the mother was seen on survelliance video from a grocery store aprox 5 hours before the baby was put in her crib for the night. The mother was with an unidentified male. Baby food and a box of wine were among the items purchased.

esteshawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Gasp! a mother went to the store to get baby food and a box of wine. Sounds like every other mother in the US.

And a private investigator from "out east" - boy that really does raise suspicion. What parent in their right mind would want to hire someone to find their missing child?

Lenette Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

So, don't most cell phones have GPS components that can be tracked? If there were truly 3 cell phones "stolen" from the residence, then why haven't they been mentioned since the early articles? Have the authorities tried to find the phones, based on signal they may be emitting? If they have, then why no mention??? This is just so bizarre all around. Too many pieces that just don't match... my heart aches for this baby if she's still alive and with strangers. How terrified she must be :(

rcr 6 years, 7 months ago

I may be wrong, but I believe the phones would need to be turned on for them to be tracked. If that is correct and someone had turned the phones off or destroyed them, then there would be no way to track their whereabouts.

bevy 6 years, 7 months ago

You know what makes me the sickest about this whole thing (other than the baby being gone) is that thanks to slime like Casey Anthony - the whole time our hearts ache for these parents, our minds are constructing scenarios involving the mom or dad, or both. Even if they had nothing to do with their child's disappearance - if the baby is never found, there will always be those who look at them and wonder if they did something.

For myself, I continue to pray for baby Lisa, wherever she may be, that she will be found safe and whole and brought back to her loving family. I pray that the scenarios my brain keeps constructing will remain in the realm of fiction.

Oh, an AK2 - if she was planning to do something to her baby, why would she be buying baby food? Stop blaming the parents until you have a concrete reason to do so. I pray something will break soon on this case.

akt2 6 years, 7 months ago

I think the fact that she hadn't mentioned shopping earlier in the evening with an "unidentified" male led to the questions who was she with, and how much did she have to drink before her baby went missing? Could have been an innocent omission. Maybe she didn't even consume any wine. Then again maybe she drank too much and passed out.

Wadde 6 years, 7 months ago

There something fishy about this article...the baby was left unattended and someone took it. Re question the parents again.

GSWtotheheart 6 years, 7 months ago

@Pywacket...I thought the same thing...whoever vetted that headline didn't do so well

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