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Sunday
Oct162011

Missouri National Guard Joins Search for Baby Lisa Irwin

Kansas City Police(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- The Missouri National Guard joined the search Sunday for a missing baby girl in Kansas City who vanished nearly two weeks ago.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gave the order on Saturday to deploy guard members to assist in the search for 11-month-old Lisa Irwin.

ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams said the move is unique to the search efforts.

"Ordinarily I would say this is just another effort at canvassing particular areas as they have already done in the context of the search but one thing that is kind of unique about this is that they picked a particular day and that is today and they've said it's just going to be a one day search in a specific location so it does make you wonder if they are doing it based off a specific tip," said Abrams.

On Saturday, police searched an abandoned house near Irwin's home but they still have few clues about what happened to her.

Investigators found used diapers and baby wipes in the abandoned home, but police said they have doubts about whether they are connected.

ABC affiliate KMBC-TV in Kansas City reported Saturday that a passerby had looked in the house and alerted police.

The house was near an area where police were already searching for Irwin, who has been missing since Oct. 4, when her parents reported that she disappeared from her bedroom crib.

Kansas City Police Department Capt. Steve Young told KMBC-TV the diapers and wipers were found in the basement. He said crime scene investigators will be brought in, but "It just doesn't fit."

Police also questioned a local handyman in connection with the case, according to KMBC.

The handyman, nicknamed "Jersey" was taken into custody for a felony warrant and was question by authorities because he was seen in Irwin's neighborhood. But police said he was not considered a suspect, KMBC reported.

Baby Lisa has not been seen since Oct. 3.

No suspects have been named to the case and no arrests have been made.

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