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Police Search Well, but Find No Evidence in Hunt for Missing Missouri Baby Lisa Irwin

Kansas City Police Department Captain Steve Young responds to new developments in the case

 

The search for a missing 10-month old continued Tuesday as dozens of emergency workers searched a well located under the deck of a vacant house in Kansas City, but were unable to turn up any evidence on the baby's whereabouts. 

Three firefighters were lowered into the well but Kansas City police spokesman Steve Young told the Kansas City Star that they found nothing.

The property is about five blocks from the home of Lisa Irwin, who disappeared eight days ago. Television footage showed crews looking below the backyard deck late Tuesday morning. The well was described as being 30 to 40 feet deep and 3 feet wide, the Kansas City Star reports.

The newspaper reported a firefighter said he felt something after being lowered about 11 a.m. into the receptacle designed to hold rainwater and other liquid. A different person was lowered down before noon.

Two large trucks with suction equipment arrived at the home to drain water from the cistern, and a Kansas City Power & Light truck also showed up at the scene.

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A neighbor said the single-story house had been abandoned for about four years.

Young said the search was the result of a law enforcement canvass of the area, not a tip.

Lisa's parents reported their daughter missing last Tuesday after Jeremy Irwin returned home from work. They say someone must have crept into their home while the child's mother and brothers slept and snatched the girl.

Earlier Tuesday, Kansas City police denied a claim that the baby's mother, Deborah Bradley, is preparing to be arrested and charged in connection with the child's disappearance.

Sgt. Stacey Graves with the Kansas City Police Department told FoxNews.com that, "We have heard nothing from detectives to lead us to believe an arrest is imminent."

The baby's aunt, Ashley Irwin, told ABC News that it was "inevitable" that Bradley would be arrested as police were spending more time focused on the family, rather than finding suspects.

"It's what the police do," Irwin said early Tuesday. "They don't have any leads so they just have to pin it on somebody."

Graves, however, said police have "no suspects" and "are continuing the investigation until Lisa is found."

"We are still actively following up on leads and tips as they come in," she said. 

The infant was last seen at 10:30 p.m. local time Oct. 3, asleep at her Kansas City home. She was reported missing at around 4:00 a.m. after her father returned home from work and noticed she was gone from her crib.

Officers were also reviewing video surveillance footage from a nearby store that apparently shows Bradley buying items with an unknown man just hours before Lisa disappeared, according to Fox affiliate WDAF-TV. The pair was reportedly seen buying wine and paper plates. 

Last week police said Irwin and Bradley stopped cooperating with the investigation, but by Saturday they were talking to officers again. Bradley also said that during questioning police accused her of having done something to her child and of failing a lie-detector test.

FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.