A private investigator who said he had been hired by a friend of the family of a missing 10-month-old girl addressed the media late Tuesday.
“I am helping to coordinate and focus the family in both the investigation and with the media,” New York-based investigator Bill Stanton told local reporters in Kansas City, Missouri.
With several relatives of missing baby Lisa Irwin standing behind him, Stanton said he had some new information that he would be releasing soon, but he did not give any details about it.
Irwin’s parents reported her missing from her crib around 4:00 am last Tuesday when her father returned to their Kansas City home from an overnight shift at work and she was gone. Her mother said she last saw her around 10:30 pm that Monday. The front door of the house was unlocked, several lights were on and one of the windows had been tampered with. The couple said their cell phones had also been taken.
Police spent much of the day Tuesday searching a well underneath the deck at an abandoned house about a half mile from the Irwins’ home, but they found nothing.
Stanton said he would be talking to the family Wednesday and he hoped the police would be open to meeting with him. He explained that he was hired to conduct an “independent investigation” and it will not be his job to defend or represent the family.
“I’m here to seek the truth, and wherever that truth takes me, that’s where I’m going to go,” Stanton said. “And the family behind me, they have all agreed, one and all, everyone inside the house and outside the house.”
He added that he understood why the investigation is focused on the family, but he urged the public to stay open to other possibilities.
“I know everybody is watching this family and watching this house and that’s fair,” he said. “Keep one eye on them, but also keep the other eye out on the street in everyplace because there is a bad guy out there or bad people with this child and we want to get this child home safe and sound.”