About 50 friends and supporters of the family of missing Baby Lisa gathered Saturday outside the lime-green home in Kansas City, North, where Lisa Irwin vanished two years ago.
By RICK MONTGOMERY
The Kansas City Star
The candlelight vigil drew advocates of missing-persons groups who watched Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, sob as she thanked them and called for greater public vigilance to locate missing people.
“If we all cared, there’d be no such thing as missing persons,” Bradley said.
Early on Oct. 4, 2011, Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, arrived home from work to find lights on, the front door open and the 10-month-old baby’s crib empty. Bradley was sleeping in the house on the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue.
Kansas City police and the FBI have since investigated more than 1,770 tips, including infant sightings from around the world.
Police last week said the tips have slowed considerably. Authorities also released a computer-generated image of what Lisa might look like today, going on 3 years old.
Many at the evening vigil wore T-shirts bearing the baby’s photo under “kidnapped.” Several fought back tears as Lisa’s parents spoke and led prayers.
“When she comes home,” said Bradley, referring to her daughter, “it’s going to mean a lot to her to see so many people” cared for her.
Bradley urged the public to use social media and other tools to draw attention to missing persons.
Lisa’s parents have repeatedly said they had nothing to do with their daughter’s disappearance. Maureen Reintjes, a Kansas advocate with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, told the vigil crowd that “hateful talk” in the community often surrounds missing-person cases. Sympathetic supporters, she said, outnumber “every hater out there.”
Police are asking people with information on Lisa’s disappearance to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-8477.