Baby Lisa’s Disappearance: What Happened to Baby Lisa Irwin?

It has been six years since baby Lisa disappeared from her house, right from her crib. Investigators and authorities still cannot determine who abducted the then-10-month-old baby. While the parents and the authorities are searching high and low for missing baby Lisa Irwin, the rest of the world also wants to know what happened to baby Lisa Irwin. Baby Lisa’s disappearance story remains a mystery, and it is heartbreaking. If you have been asking, “Was baby Lisa ever found?” then read on, as we have the information for you right here!

Parents dream about providing their kids with the best things in the world. The best childhood, clothes, toys, education, house, marriage…and the list continues. The moment they are born, they envision making their child a better person,  achieving great success and happiness in their career and life.

The most important thing that parents give to their kids is the sense of security. They don’t let them out of their sight for even a minute, because the world has seemingly become such that you cannot trust anybody.

Just like all parents, the Irwin family was beaming with joy when their daughter Lisa Irwin was born. But unfortunately, their happiness was cut short when their 10-month-old baby was discovered missing from her crib.

There are a lot of questions related to baby Lisa. But before answering those questions, we should find out what happened to Lisa leading up to her mysterious disappearance!

Lisa Irwin’s Wiki

Born Lisa Renée Irwin on November 11, 2010 in Independence, Missouri, to Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, Lisa has two older brothers, Blake and Michael. Back in 2011, Jeremy Irwin worked as an electrical contractor and would often have late-night shifts. They lived in Kansas City, Missouri at the time.

Baby Lisa’s Disappearance

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In the early morning hours of October 4, 2011, 10-month-old Lisa Irwin was discovered missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri by her father Jeremy Irwin. According to Lisa's mother, Deborah, Lisa had been put in her crib at 6:40 p.m. Monday night, before spending most of the evening on her porch drinking wine with a neighbor. Although, her mother is not certain when she last saw her baby. She told investigators she couldn’t remember if she checked the crib as she went to bed about four hours later. 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". Later, the family told police that several cellphones were also missing. During the subsequent investigation, two witnesses were discovered who claimed to have seen a man walking down the street with a baby. 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. 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. 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." 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. 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 family attorney, Joe Tacopina, and have allegedly denied investigators access to the boys. A request for a warrant claims that inconsistent stories from people involved may have hampered early stages of the investigation. In October 2013, a girl thought to be Lisa was discovered in a gypsy camp in Greece but authorities determined the girl was not Lisa Irwin. Despite an extensive investigation the whereabouts of baby Lisa are unknown.

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One fateful morning, on October 4, 2011, Jeremy Irwin returned home after 3:00 a.m. only to discover the front door unlocked and the house lights turned on. He felt a little odd. After finding his wife and sons sleeping, he went to check on his daughter who would have been sleeping in a separate room in her crib.

However, horror struck Irwin when he could not find his daughter, Lisa, who was just five weeks shy of her first birthday. Lisa was only 10 months old when she went missing from her house and crib. Reportedly, Lisa was discovered missing around 4:00 a.m. on October 4.

As per Deborah Bradley’s statement, she checked on Lisa at around 6:40 p.m. Monday night. But when her husband came back home the next morning, he saw the lights were on, the front door was not locked, and a window was open. The family also claimed that many cellphones were missing from their house.

While investigating the case, authorities identified two witnesses who claimed that they saw a man walking on the street with a baby. One of the witnesses, Mike Thompson, revealed, “[At] 4 a.m., 45 degrees, baby don’t have a coat or nothing and this guy is walking down the street and I thought it was kind of weird.” Thompson described the man as 5’7”, weighing between 140 and 150 pounds, and in his late 30s or early 40s.

A couple who lived a few houses down from the Irwin family saw a similar sight of a man in a T-shirt holding a baby. They claimed the circumstance was so odd that they reported it to the police on the morning of October 4. The woman said, “It was shocking because I couldn’t imagine anyone outside walking with their baby in the cold like that with no clothes on.”

Before she was allegedly abducted, Bradley claimed, Lisa was wearing a purple T-shirt and purple shorts. However, the neighbors maintained they did not see the baby wearing any clothes. The woman said, “We seen the little arm, the leg, it didn’t look like the baby had on any clothes, just a diaper.”

Cops did manage to detain the mysterious gentleman and question him based on the description of one witness. However, the other witness stated that the photo did not match the man they saw.

Did They Ever Find Baby Lisa?

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The day baby Lisa was reported missing, police issued an Amber Alert and immediately began searching the surrounding wooded areas and fields, sewer drains, and wells. But the vast search, which included 100 Kansas City officers, canines, FBI agents, mounted police, and three special units, turned up no leads or suspects and was called off just two days later.

On October 19, 2011, the family home was thoroughly searched after a cadaver dog picked up the smell of a “deceased human” near Bradley’s bed, according to a search warrant affidavit filed by Kansas City police. The items taken from the house for investigation included purple shorts, a multi-colored comforter, a “Glo Worm” toy, a multi-colored Disney character shirt, rolls of tape and a tape dispenser, and also a Cars-themed blanket, the search warrant states.

The canine picked up the scent during a search on October 17, but detectives claimed that Bradley and Irwin had limited detectives to certain areas of the home.

“A more extensive and intrusive search needs to be completed at the property where the baby was last accounted,” the document read.

According to reports, for a while, Lisa’s parents stopped co-operating, but later on began communicating with the authorities to learn anything new about their daughter’s case. Lisa’s mother Deborah told the AP police investigators had accused her of failing a lie detector test without showing her the results as proof. She said they also blamed her for the baby’s disappearance in the October 7 interview.

“‘You did it. You did it. And we have nothing,”‘ she alleged the detectives told her.

Bradley and her husband denied the accusations, saying that police had been treating them like suspects.

David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, has said about the case, “Sometimes what happens when the parent was involved, the death wasn’t intentional but involved a kind of serious negligence.” He further added, “The responsible parent is so ashamed and maybe ashamed toward the spouse that they decide to dispose of the body and then report it as a missing child.”

However, even now, these accusations have not been proven and the search for baby Lisa is still on. Although both of Lisa’s brothers were also interviewed, the investigators still have not found any leads to arrest the person who allegedly abducted baby Lisa.

Age-Progressed Photo Offers New Hope

In January 2018, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin released a photo to the public showing what baby Lisa Irwin might look like at age seven.

They hoped the age-progression image would lead to new information about Lisa, who would now be exposed to a variety of individuals as a student in school.

Lisa Irwin

Age-progression photo of Lisa Irwin at age seven; Photo: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

“I feel that having this picture out, knowing that she’s probably in a school somewhere with other kids, hopefully, someone will notice that something is not quite right with the situation,” Irwin said.

The family went on to hold a prayer vigil for Lisa on October 4, 2018, the seven-year anniversary of her disappearance.

Lisa’s parents believe she is still alive and may have been sold following her purported kidnapping in 2011.

Kansas City police are still actively investigating the case and urge those with any information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. There is also a $100,000 reward available.

Let’s hope baby Lisa is alive and is returned to her family soon.