KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Thursday marked the seven-year anniversary of one of Kansas City’s greatest mysteries: What happened to Baby Lisa?
She disappeared and her parents believe she was kidnapped and then sold.
Police questioned the family, especially the mother, and investigators obviously had their suspicions.
On Thursday, KCTV5 News down with the family to discuss their hope as time passes.
When she disappeared, Lisa Irwin was 10 months old. She was crawling, not walking.
Additionally, cell phones were stolen from the kitchen and published reports show those phones were used throughout the night and remained close to the family’s home.
Today, she would be almost 8 years old and in the second grade.
The case has never been solved and her parents want to keep attention on it, hoping someone out there knows something and steps forward.
“At one point in time, we were regular, normal people before this all happened,” said Jeremy Irwin, Lisa’s father. “But, it’s out there and it’s real.”
Lisa’s parents struggle to understand what happened seven years ago, when she suddenly vanished from her crib in the middle of the night. That is a long time, for a missing persons case.
Today, her room remains largely the same.
“This room going to stay the same until she’s back in it,” they said. “It’s hard to not have her here and see her and know she’s okay and that she’s safe.”
It still has her crib and her Gloworm, and it’s packed with birthday and Christmas presents marking all the years she has been missing.
“I think it gets a little more difficult each year,” Jeremy Irwin said. “It’s been five years. It’s been six years. It’s been seven years.”
“We still need help,” he said. “We need good info.”
The family lives in the same home. There are posters in the windows reminding people Lisa is still missing.
“My intuition is that she’s still out there,” said Deborah Bradley, Lisa’s mother. ”I feel that she is alive, and everything we have found out says that. But, we don’t know where she is.”
“It’s almost like everything rushes back to you and it’s hard to cope,” she said.
The Kansas City Police Department said they have investigated thousands of leads and still hope for the safe recovery of Lisa.
Her disappearance is still considered an active investigation. If anyone has information, they are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
The is a $100,000 reward.