Many questions remain unanswered in the mysterious case of missing baby Lisa Irwin. The 11-month-old's parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, continue to maintain that baby Lisa disappeared from their home nearly a month ago. Despite following hundreds of tips, police still have no major suspects or leads in the disappearance of baby Lisa.
Still, the case is far from settled and, rather, is shrouded with endless questions. Bradley and Irwin have been uncooperative and have refused to be interviewed separately by police. They've also denied interviews with local reporters, favoring national networks offering primetime interviews, even though local coverage would be more helpful in locating baby Lisa Irwin. Many wonder if parents, Bradley and Irwin, have told police the whole truth.
It also remains unclear how a modest American family could afford the high-profile New York lawyer Joe Tacopina representing them, as well as the New York private investigator, Bill Stanton, hired to help find 11-month-old Lisa. An unnamed wealthy benefactor claims to be paying for Stanton's fees and has also offered a $100,000 reward for the return of Lisa or the conviction of those involved in her disappearance. Who is this benefactor and why is he helping the family?
Not only are police stumped by what really happened to missing 11-month-old baby Lisa Irwin, but the media and the public have become increasingly confused by the events that have unraveled this month in an effort to find her.
Timeline of the Search for Missing Baby Lisa
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Oct. 4, 4 a.m.: Jeremy Irwin, an electrician, returned home to find his daughter missing. He called 911 to report the disappearance of baby Lisa. A window and screen were tampered with, lights were left on, the family's front door was unlocked and three cell phones missing. Deborah Bradley claimed she last saw her daughter at 10:30 p.m. before falling asleep in bed with her two sons. It was later discovered that there was a fire in a dumpster near the Bradley-Irwin home at 2:30 a.m. The Amber Alert is turned on and a local suburban landfill is searched. for a body. The Kansas City Star has more details about the night baby Lisa disappeared from an alleged family source.
Oct. 5: The Amber Alert was turned off. Detectives continue to look at the case from every angle possible.
Oct. 6: Parents, Bradley and Irwin, gave a tearful television plea begging whoever might have their baby to bring her home. Kansas City police Capt. Steve Young claimed the parents stopped cooperating with police.
Oct. 7: Bradley and Irwin went on the Today show to discuss the ongoing investigation. Matt Lauer questioned the parents, asking why police have called them uncooperative. Bradley claimed police accused her from the beginning of being involved in her baby's disappearnce. Bradley also explains that she failed a polygraph lie-detector test, but doesn't know why. Authorities continue to search for baby Lisa. The FBI searched a suburban landfill, the Deffenbaugh Industries landfill, for the second time that week. A teenage neighbor was questioned by police and swabbed for DNA.
Oct.8: Authorities investigated a few potential leads, like a couple seen with a small child. Bradley and Irwin tried to put together a monetary reward.
Oct. 9: Lisa's aunt, Ashley Irwin, handed out flyers at the Kansas Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
Oct. 10: FBI and police staged a break-in to try to figure out potential ways an intruder could have entered the Bradley-Irwin home. Police discovered that climbing through the tampered window is actually more difficult than it seemed, because the intruder would have made a lot of noise, waking mother, Bradley. Grand jury subpoenas were sent to mutliple Kansas City television stations requesting, all footage, including raw footage of any interviews or statements given by neighbors, family or friends of the family, regarding missing baby, Lisa Irwin.
Oct. 11: Police and firefighters drained a well underneath the porch of an abandoned home to look for baby Lisa. Lisa's aunt, Ashley Irwin, told Good Morning America that Bradley was prepared to be arrested by police stating, It's what the police do. They don't have any leads so they just have to pin it on somebody. Police denied plans to arrest Bradley or any other suspects.
Oct. 12: A secuirty video was released that shows Bradley shopping with an unidentified man (later identified as her brother) at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 hours before baby Lisa went missing. The pair walked through Festival Foods, a local supermarket, and purchased diapers, boxed wine and baby wipes. A New York-based security consultant / private detective, Bill Stanton (known as Wild Bill), joined the team looking for baby Lisa Irwin. Stanton claimed that he is conducting an independent investigation sponsored (and paid for) by a wealthy benefactor.
Oct. 13: Authorities continued to search for missing baby Lisa Irwin. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a one-day deployment of 25 National Guardsmen to help in the search.
Oct. 14: Bill Stanton announced a $100,000 reward posted for the safe return of baby Lisa or conviction of those involved in the crime. The reward was posted by an anonymous benefactor who wished to remain unnamed. Bradley and Irwin posted videos of baby Lisa Irwin on YouTube, including Yelling At Mommy, Lisa Eating Cereal and Lisa's New Toy.
Oct. 15: The Kansas City police department continued their search using helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and door-to-door interviews in an attempt to find the missing baby.
Oct. 17: Bradley admited on CNN to drinking five to ten glasses of wine (enough to be drunk) the night baby Lisa went missing. Bradley claimed she was the last person to see the baby, putting her down to sleep at 6:40 p.m. She had originally told police she put her daughter to sleep at 10:30 p.m. Bradley gave no explanation for the change in her story. Bradley told The Today Show that Lisa's half-brothers, ages 5 and 8, claim they heard noises the night of Lisa's disappearance.
Oct. 18: Bradley and Irwin retained high-profile New York lawyer Joe Tacopina who has experience working with Michael Jackson and Jordan van der Sloot. It is unclear who is paying Tacopina's fees. The Federal Avaition Administration initiated a no-fly zone over a search area around Lisa's home near Kansas City. A tipster claimed to have seen a baby Lisa look-a-like at a Manhattan, Kan. deli.
Oct. 19: A Missouri judge granted a search warrant to police to search the Bradley-Irwin home and yard without the couple's precense. No one could enter the house until police completed their investigation. Authorities swabbed for DNA, blood, fingerprints and other evidence. They removed brown paper bags and some of baby Lisa's clothes and toys from the home. The complete investigation lasted 17-hours. An FBI cadaver dog brought into the home indicated a positive scent of a deceased human in an area of the floor near Bradley's bed in her bedroom.
Oct. 21: Three eyewitnesses, Mike Thompson and an unnamed couple, told ABC News that they saw a mystery man carrying a baby wearing a diaper around Kansas City the night of baby Lisa's disappearance.
Oct. 23: ABC News released surveillance footage found by a local gas station that shows a mystery man leaving a wooded area near baby Lisa Irwin's home.
Oct. 24: The police showed pictures to eyewitness, Mike Thompson, in an effort to identify and locate the mystery man spotted on the night of baby Lisa's disappearance. The other two eyewitnesses did not recognize the man identified by Thomspon.
Oct. 25: Police tried to convince Bradley and Irwin to do separate interviews to answer a list of tough questions.
Oct. 26: Family agreed to let Lisa's half-brothers, ages 5 and 8, be interviewed by child specialists and swabbed for DNA. The interviews are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28.
Oct. 27: Police extended their search of missing baby Lisa to Chaumiere Lake, but found no clues in the small lake near the Kansas City home.
Oct. 28: New York attorney Joe Tacopina called off the scheduled interviews and DNA swabs of baby Lisa's half-brothers. Cyndy Short, the local counsel working with Bradley and Irwin, is either fired or quits (it remains unclear) from the missing baby Lisa case. No clear reasons were given for Short's dismissal.
Nov. 1: Tacopina announced that Kansas City lawyer John Picerno will join the team of attorney's assisting Bradley and Irwin.