Police shut down command post in baby Lisa case - KCTV5 News


Police shut down command post in baby Lisa case


Police have shut down the command post where investigators had been working on the case for missing baby Lisa Irwin.

Kansas City police Capt. Steve Young said detectives and FBI agents are now back in their usual offices. Investigators had been using a room at the Northland training academy. 

Investigators have pored over more than 1,000 tips in the case, and police say they closed the command post because those leads in the case have decreased.

Seven or eight detectives will work on the search for answers in Lisa's disappearance.

"The number will vary each day," Young said. "There is one detective who is assigned to the case, like always."

Jeff Lanza, a retired FBI agent, said closing the command post means leads are drying up or "going cold." But Lanza stressed this doesn't mean the case will never be solved.

"But it doesn't mean it can't warm up in the future," Lanza said. "It just means cold right now... As leads come in, they will take action when action is needed."

Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, called 911 about 4 a.m. Oct. 4 to say that someone had snatched his daughter from her crib in her Northland home while she was sleeping. Her mother, Debbie Bradley, initially said she last saw her daughter about 10:30 p.m. but later admitted she had drank heavily in the hours before her daughter went missing and last remembered seeing her daughter at about 6:30 p.m.

Lisa was 10 months old at the time of her disappearance. Her first birthday was Nov. 11.

Volunteers plan to search Saturday the area of a closed casino at Interstate 435 and Highway 210. A Dallas psychic says she believes baby Lisa was dumped in that area.

Stephanie Almaguer says the baby accidentally drowned in her home.

Young told KCTV5 that authorities are aware of Almaguer's reported visions. He said numerous psychics have contacted police but little information has been usable.

Also on Friday, John "Jersey" Tanko was in court. The public defender for the Northland handyman says he is not a suspect in the disappearance of baby Lisa. To read about this development, click here.

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