Parents plead for infant's return

Oct 6 2011 - 9:47am

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The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
An undated family photo of Lisa Irwin, now 10-months-old, is shown at a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents of Lisa made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Kansas City Star)
Captain Steve Young updates the media with the latest information Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, about a missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin who was taken from her home around 4am Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Mo. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin, right, and Deborah Bradley, are escorted into their home to collect personal items in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
An undated family photo of Lisa Irwin, now 10-months-old, is shown at a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents of Lisa made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Kansas City Star)
Captain Steve Young updates the media with the latest information Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, about a missing 10-month-old Lisa Irwin who was taken from her home around 4am Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Mo. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin, right, and Deborah Bradley, are escorted into their home to collect personal items in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)
The parents of missing 10-month old Lisa Irwin, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, speak during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2011. The parents made a tearful plea for the child's safe return Wednesday, nearly two days after she disappeared, begging her abductor to drop her off someplace safe. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Mike Ransdell)

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- As authorities continued to pick through wooded areas and rap on doors Wednesday, the parents of missing infant Lisa Irwin made an emotional plea for her safe return.

"We just want our baby back," a crying Deborah Bradley said. "Please--bring her home."

The afternoon news conference was the first time she and Jeremy Irwin, Lisa's father, had spoken publicly since their daughter's disappearance.

"Our two other boys are waiting for her," Bradley said. "Please just drop her off anywhere. We don't care. Just somewhere safe where she can come home."

Lisa was taken from her crib sometime between 10:30 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, when Irwin discovered her missing after he returned home from his job with an electrical company.

"We just urge anyone that has any kind of information as to where she is or who she is with or anything to please call the TIPS Hotline or police," he said.

"Anything, even the smallest bit of information, could help lead to her return. Anybody that might have her, they can drop her off at any place safe--a fire station or hospital or a church--no questions asked. We just want to have her back home."

Meanwhile, the investigation was moving slowly, police said.

"We really haven't--still at this point--developed any hard information that we can go forward with," said Capt. Steve Young, a spokesman for Kansas City police.

Earlier in the day, he said, "The only thing we know absolutely is that there should have been a 10-month-old in that house and there wasn't. We are doing everything we can to find that child."

Young said police had received 47 tips from the TIPS Hotline. Some were too vague to pursue, he said, but he encouraged people to keep calling.

"Please trust your instincts," Young said. "If you think you have information that's going to lead to the whereabouts of this child or the suspect, please let us know."

Since Lisa's disappearance more than 48 hours ago, investigators have conducted 300 consensual searches of residences near the Irwin home.

More than 300 law enforcement officers have been involved in the search. Authorities have conducted three shoulder-to-shoulder searches in woods near the home and have deployed police dogs several times.

"Unfortunately, none of those have really led us anywhere," Young said.

On Wednesday, FBI personnel in protective clothing gathered original scents from the house so they would have something for specially trained dogs to track. Those dogs started working late Wednesday morning, Young said.

Lisa's parents continue to cooperate with investigators, Young said.

"That being said, everything is still on the table; we are not ruling out anything," he said. "If we had more to go on, we could start eliminating some things. But we frankly don't have anything that justifies elimination."

Police interviewed the parents until about 10:30 or 11 p.m. Tuesday, Young said. He said formal statements ended at that time, but detectives would be back in contact with them when needed.

Lisa is white with blue eyes and blond hair, about 30 inches tall with two bottom teeth, a small bug bite under her left ear and a beauty mark on her right outer thigh. When she was last seen about 10:30 p.m. Monday, she was asleep in her crib wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with white kittens on it.

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