5 Years After Baby Lisa Vanished, Her Parents Pray She's Still Alive: 'She Belongs With Us'
Five years after the nation was gripped by the disappearance of “Baby Lisa,” her parents are sending her a message of love.
A Missouri candlelight vigil was held over the weekend in Kansas City for Little Lisa Irwin, who was 10 months old when she vanished from her crib in the middle of the night in 2011.
"There is still a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to bringing her home. There is no tip is too small," her mom, Deborah, said at the ceremony.
On the night of her disappearance, her dad Jeremy was at work. Deborah admitted she had been drinking that night. Both have steadfastly proclaimed their innocence.
Lisa's room is still filled with untouched gifts for the birthdays she never got to celebrate. A Scooby-Doo costume she was going to wear for Halloween 2011 still remains in her room.
An age-progression image from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows what Lisa might look like today. She would be approaching her sixth birthday.
“It's like watching your baby grow up through technology. And it's amazing, in a sense, but it's also heartbreaking because I just want to see her in person,” said Deborah.
Deborah is still praying Lisa is alive - and had this message to the person who took her: “You tore this family apart."
“I know that, at this point, you love her and she's become a huge part of your life, but if there's any way you can find it in your heart to do the right thing for her, she belongs with her family,” she said.
“You just hang in there, pumpkin, we're gonna get you back one of these days," she said.