Lisa Renee Irwin

Baby Lisa Irwin went missing from her crib in 2011.

Lisa was last seen at her home in the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri on October 3, 2011. Her mother, Deborah Bradley, put her to bed in her crib with her pacifier, blanket and some toys. Deborah last saw her daughter at either 6:40 or 10:30 p.m. (Accounts differ.) That evening, she was also caring for the Lisa’s two half-brothers, aged five and eight, who were asleep in another room. She later admitted she’d been drinking wine that night and had gotten drunk. She also takes prescription medication for anxiety.

Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, an electrician, came home from work at approximately 4:00 the next morning and they discovered Lisa was gone. Several lights in the house were on, Lisa’s bedroom window was open, the front door was unlocked and three cellular phones were reportedly missing. Lisa’s parents called 911 to report her disappearance shortly at 4:00 a.m. Photos of them are posted below this case summary. An extensive search of the immediate area turned up no sign of the baby.

Authorities stated Lisa’s mother and father were less than cooperative with the investigation, something Deborah and Jeremy denied. They were engaged to be married at the time of Lisa’s disappearance, although Deborah was still legally married to another man, and had a six-year-old son by him. Deborah and her husband had been separated for about four years by 2010, and he was serving in the Army. Her husband stated he didn’t believe Deborah would have harmed Lisa or been involved in her disappearance.

Lisa’s parents have stated they believe she was abducted from her home late on October 3 or early on October 4, possibly by a person who wanted to raise a baby. Three different witnesses saw a man walking down the road about three miles from Lisa’s home at approximately 4:00 a.m. that night, carrying a baby dressed only in a diaper. It’s unclear whether the sightings are connected to Lisa’s case.

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Investigators do not believe it was a stranger abduction.

“The missing cell phones were pinged close to the Irwin home and were accessed throughout the night Lisa went missing.

A cadaver dog reportedly smelled something in the parent’s bedroom. And burnt baby clothes were found inside a neighborhood dumpster.

One tip that became public involved a handyman, John “Jersey Joe” Tanko, who had a criminal record and worked in the neighborhood. He dated Megan Wright, who publicly reported her cell phone was called by one of those missing cell phones.”
from KCTV, 2016

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