A search of the home of missing baby Lisa Irwin’s parents extended into Thursday morning, as FBI agents and police aided by bomb squad trucks spent hours inside and outside the house where the 10-month-old disappeared.
Kansas City police obtained a search warrant for the house on North Lister Ave. on Tuesday, and investigators arrived soon after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday to execute the warrant. According to local reports, they did not leave the property until around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.
It was not clear why the search warrant was sought, given that the family has consented to numerous searches of the house in the past, and police would not say what they were looking for. Throughout the day, investigators were seen walking out of the house with bags of potential evidence, a rolled-up carpet and what appeared to be X-ray equipment, CNN affiliate KMBC reported.
Police emphasized that no explosive devices were detected at the house, but said the bomb squad vehicles were called in because they had some equipment that would be useful in the search. CNN affiliate KSHB reported that a truck from the Kansas City Police Department Bomb and Arson unit was seen at the site on Wednesday afternoon and another vehicle from the Lee’s Summit Bomb Squad arrived around 7:00 pm.
Roads leading to the Irwin house were blocked off Wednesday and media access to the site was restricted. The FAA placed a no-fly zone over the neighborhood for much of the day. An FBI spokesperson told KSHB that one reason the media was being kept away was because agents were using a procedure involving search dogs that they did not want to be recorded.
Still, from a distance, local media cameras filmed investigators in white jumpsuits searching around a shed in the back yard of the house. They were also seen digging and raking the ground near the shed.
Lisa Irwin’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, reported her missing from the house around 4:00 a.m. on October 4 after Irwin returned home from work and the baby had apparently vanished from her crib, where Bradley said she last saw her when she put her to bed around 6:40 p.m. the previous night.
On Wednesday, Irwin family attorney Joe Tacopina confirmed to a Nancy Grace producer that the parents are also working with Kansas City attorney Cynthia Short. Short told WDAF that Bradley and Irwin are still cooperating with police and have even offered to provide them with mouth swabs and hair samples.
A private investigator working with the family, Bill Stanton, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday that he had spoken to the parents on Wednesday night and they were not opposed to the new search of their house.
“They welcome it,” Stanton said. “They want this to be uncovered. They want to be discounted and look outside the home. ”
Stanton also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” where he said he thought a scenario where someone came in from outside the home and abducted Lisa was more plausible than the parents being responsible, because if the parents had done something to Lisa, he could not figure out how they would have covered it up.
“You tell me how they did it,” Stanton said. “Did she drive? Did he do it? Did she do it? Did she walk and take the baby and dispose of the baby? That’s the tough question…They would have to be master criminals…because it’s virtually a perfect crime. ”
In both interviews, Stanton reiterated that the anonymous benefactor paying for his services is offering a $100,000 reward for Lisa’s return or the conviction of those responsible for her disappearance. Kansas City Crimestoppers is also offering its standard $1,000 reward in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crimestoppers TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.