Baby Lisa Irwin was kidnapped two years ago from her Kansas City home when someone broke into her parents' home, grabbed the 10-month-old baby while her mother was sleeping, and she has not been seen since. “Although Greek authorities say the child taken from a Roma encampment appears to be at least two years older than Kansas City’s Lisa Irwin, her parents were hopeful Tuesday that the child known as Maria is their missing daughter,” reported The Kansas City Star on Oct. 22, 2013.
After the discovery of the Roma gypsy girl called “blonde angel” or Maria, Greek police received eight major international leads into who the Roma gypsy girl could be. One of those leads is Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin.
Following the disappearance of baby Lisa Irwin on Oct. 4, 2011, from her home in the 3600 block of North Lister Avenue in Kansas City, her parents never gave up hope that one day they would see baby Lisa again.
During the past two years, the investigation into missing baby Lisa Irwin has remained an open investigation with the FBI, and after the news of the discovered Roma gypsy girl Maria went international, the FBI contacted Greek authorities to pursue the possibility of Maria being the missing Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin.
“Federal investigators in Kansas City said they have been in contact with authorities in Greece after receiving calls once pictures of the girl found with a Gypsy couple appeared in the media.”
According to The Kansas City Star report, baby Lisa Irwin would turn three years old in November. However, a dental exam of the recently discovered Roma gypsy girl Maria indicates that the unknown girl is between four to six years old.
Despite the age discrepancy, a recently released age-progression image of baby Lisa Irwin and what she would look like today does show a resemblance between baby Lisa and the “blonde angel” Maria. In addition, baby Lisa Irwin’s mother says that Lisa was big for her age at the time of her disappearance and while she and baby Lisa’s father, Jeremy Irwin, were initially skeptical that there was a connection between the two girls, they do not want to leave any rock unturned in the search for their missing baby.
“At first I didn’t think it looked much like Lisa, but then after comparing pictures of Lisa and with her, I started seeing major resemblance and then the height and weight threw me off,” she said. “And then we were like, oh my gosh, this really could be her.”
Until DNA tests confirm that the Roma gypsy girl Maria is the missing Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin, baby Lisa’s parents continue to cling to hope. “We’re trying not to get our hopes up too much, but we are very hopeful that she could be Lisa,” said missing baby Lisa Irwin’s mother.