Published October 16, 2011
Police in Kansas City investigating the disappearance of baby Lisa Irwin say that a backpack reportedly containing used diapers and baby wipes was found in the area of a vacant home near the Irwin residence, fox4kc.com reports.
Kansas City Missouri Police say that a man found the backpack containing diapers and baby wipes near the vacant home in the 3900 block of Chouteau Trafficway on Saturday. Diapers were also found in a wooded area across the street from the house.
According to at least one report, the diapers were soiled.
On Saturday evening, police spokesman Capt. Steve Young said that the diapers seem to have been there for some time, and said that it's not unusual to find objects like backpacks and diapers in abandoned houses, according to the station.
Young said that a KCPD crime scene unit will further investigate the scene.
The house was near an area where police were already searching for 10-month-old Lisa Irwin, who has been missing since Oct. 4, when her parents reported that she disappeared from her bedroom crib.
Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sending members of the National Guard to Kansas City to help search for a missing baby.
Nixon said Saturday that 25 members of a guard police company will help look for Lisa Irwin, who was 10 months old when she was reported missing Oct. 4. Her parents say she disappeared from her crib sometime overnight.
On Saturday, the New York City private investigator hired by an anonymous benefactor to help the search for Baby Lisa said he hopes the $100,000 reward being offered "opens up ... someone's eyes."
The FBI scoured the woods near the family's home Friday and used metal detectors to scan their neighborhood.
The family has posted online videos, recorded when Lisa was 3 months old. Signs and pictures of the missing baby also have been displayed outside of her grandparents' home.
Police also announced that a handyman known as "Jersey" is not a suspect in Irwin's disappearance, according to fox4kc.com.
Johnny Tanko, known in the press as "Jersey," was taken into custody on an unrelated federal felony warrant on Saturday. There is no word on the nature of the federal felony warrant. Police did not comment on the nature of the warrant.