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Missing: Lisa Irwin

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Missing: Lisa Irwin

Sometime between October 3rd and October 4th, 2011, 10-month-old Lisa Irwin went missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri. Lisa's parents, Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley reported that their daughter had gone missing from her crib at around 4 am on October 4th, 2011.

The circumstances surrounding Lisa's disappearance raised many questions and a lot of speculation. The parents claimed they discovered her missing when Jeremy Irwin returned home from work late at night. The family's home showed no signs of forced entry, but the front door was unlocked. Deborah Bradley has also admitted to consuming alcohol on the night of the disappearance, which added complexity to the investigation.

However, three witnesses reported seeing a strange man in the area that night carrying a baby who appeared to be wearing just a diaper despite the cold weather. One witness picked local handyman, John Tanko, out of a lineup. While Tanko was cleared, his connection to a mysterious phone call allegedly made from one of the stolen cell phones continued to perplex followers of Lisa’s case.

Despite media coverage and public interest, the case remained unresolved, and Baby Lisa Irwin's whereabouts remain unknown.

Lisa is white, and at the time of her disappearance, she had blond hair, blue eyes, and was about 30 inches tall with two just bottom teeth, a small bug bite under her left ear, and a beauty mark on her right outer thigh. It is worth noting that she was sick with a cold at the time and was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with white kittens on it.

There is still a $100,000 reward in this case, and if you do have any information, you can call the Kansas City Police Department at 816-234-5136 or e-mail

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