Two parents share their stories similar to case - KCTV5 News


Two parents share their stories similar to case

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Tina Porter Tina Porter
Gill Abeyta Gill Abeyta

Police are conducting a new search in the case of missing baby Lisa Irwin.  Thursday they announced they are searching the area of I-35 and Chouteau Trafficway. 

Two parents with two stories eerily similar to the Baby Lisa case are opening up about their own experiences.

Gill Abeyta has devoted 25 years to searching for missing children, but the baby Lisa case hit especially close to home and there was no chance he was staying away.

"It was the closest I have ever had in my life. That is why I immediately came here, almost like re-living it," said Gill Abeyta with Families of Missing Children.

When Abeyta heard a 10-month-old Kansas City girl was reportedly abducted from her crib overnight, it took him back to 1986 when his son Christopher was kidnapped, also taken in the middle of the night.

Christopher has never been found.

"I was a victim still am a victim. We were accused my wife was accused we took lie detectors," said Abeyta.

Abeyta drove from Colorado two weeks ago, but the family did not know who Abeyta was and had no interest in talking with him, the door literally slammed his face.

But Abeyta was not leaving Kansas City with at least trying to figure out what happened to baby Lisa.

"I came to finish what I came to do. I'm not a know-it-all. But I lived it and since I've lived it I can identify it," said Abeyta.

Working with the National Center of Missing Children out of Washington, Abeyta came with his own theories based on 25 years experience in missing children cases.

He talked with anyone he could find that might have information and turned his findings and theories over to the FBI.

Abeyta met with the family Tuesday for the first time and offered some advice from someone who has walked in their shoes.

"The difference between us and them is we talked to anyone at any time. You are looking for information. It is a puzzle - you have to put the pieces together," said Abeyta

In 2004 Tina Porter faced every parent's nightmare, her children were missing. Now she is urging baby Lisa's parents to use every resource available.

"I think they are probably scared. And I think they are probably overwhelmed. I would be. I mean I was," said Tina Porter.

She thinks back to the summer of 2004 when her children Sam and Lindsey were missing.

She hopes Lisa's parents know there are other local parents who know the kind of pain they are going through.

"The biggest question I would ask is, did the police talk to you this way, or was it just me? I can tell you it is not just you. They talk to all of us like that," said Porter.

She said even though it was tough to put herself out there day after day, Porter believes Lisa's parents should embrace the help of fellow Kansas Citians in the search.

"They see me handing out fliers. They see me with the buttons. Every time there was something going on I was there. It is good for the public to see. They want to know what all are you doing," said Porter. "Guess who was behind me? It was the community. And for whatever reason that gave me the strength to get up and do what I had to do."

Porter would also like to see Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley embrace local media as well.

"It is good for the public to see you. When they see you they see your kids," Porter said. "They are not using the local media. I used every one of the local channels. I partnered with all the local channels so I could get as much coverage as I could."

Porter's children were found three years later when her ex-husband admitted to killing them.

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