On the fourth anniversary of baby Lisa Irwin’s disappearance, her parents held another vigil at their home in Kansas City.
Family members lit candles, said prayers and urged others to keep sharing the most recent age progression photo of Lisa, who was 10 months old when she went missing from her home in the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue. She was last seen about 6 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2011.
Fewer people attend the vigils now than in the past. About 30 showed up on Saturday. Tips with possible information about Lisa’s whereabouts come in less frequently, too.
“It seems like it gets harder and harder every time we do this,” said Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin. “It’s almost like a really long bad joke.”
Kansas City police have investigated thousands of leads in the case, following them until each was exhausted. The family recently received an online tip about a photo of a child that some thought might be Lisa, but it was revealed as a hoax.
Along the front of the Irwin home, family members hung posters with Lisa’s photo. Her mother, Deborah Bradley, said a $100,000 reward was still offered in the case. Bradley said she will never stop searching for her daughter. Lisa would be 5 years old on Nov. 11.
“When we get her home and she’s safe, that’s when we stop,” Bradley said. After that, Bradley plans to help other families with missing children. “So this is going to be a never-ending thing.”
The family has produced T-shirts, hats, bracelets and fliers bearing Lisa’s photo. The family urged people to keep sharing Lisa’s picture through social media.
Lisa had blond hair, blue eyes and a birthmark on her right thigh. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-progressed photo of her last year, which is available on the Kansas City Police Department website.
Anyone with information about Lisa’s disappearance is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).