Kansas City Police Say They Haven't Given Up Search for Missing Baby Lisa Irwin

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Published November 04, 2011

| FoxNews.com

Tips have slowed in the case of missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin, but investigators remain active in their hunt for the child, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

One report claimed police had ended their search for the girl, but Kansas City police spokeswoman Stacey Graves said, "that's inaccurate."

"We did not call off the search by any means," Graves told FoxNews.com.

Graves said investigators had not conducted any "large field searches" in the past few days, but "we're still receiving tips and following up on them." 

Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin reported their 10-month-old daughter missing Oct. 4 after Irwin returned home from work to find the girl missing from her crib.

The baby's parents have said they think the child was abducted overnight while other members of the family slept inside their Kansas City home. 

Jeremy Irwin told police he returned home in the pre-dawn hours and found his front door unlocked, and a bedroom window appeared to have been tampered with. Cellphones belonging to the family were also missing.

Hundreds of investigators -- some with metal detectors and police cadaver dogs -- scoured the neighborhood, including woods, ponds, a landfall and a nearby well. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon sent members of the National Guard to Kansas City to assist in the search. 

A police affidavit obtained by Fox News and other media outlets indicated an FBI cadaver dog had "hit" on the scent of a human body on the floor of Deborah Bradley's bedroom.

But the mystery of the child's disappearance deepened when new surveillance video emerged showing a man dressed in white leaving a wooded area the night the baby disappeared.

At least three witnesses reported seeing a man carrying a baby in the early morning hours of Oct. 4 at an intersection about three miles from the Irwin home.

On Tuesday, investigators questioned Deborah Bradley's brother but said he is not a suspect in the case, Fox affiliate WDAF-TV reports. 

Lisa, whose first birthday is Nov. 11, was last seen wearing purple shorts and a purple shirt with white kittens on it, according to her family. 

No suspects have been identified thus far.

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