I thought after 24 hours all kidnappings involved the FBI (on the assumption that the victim could at that point have crossed state lines even if they don't know for sure) until/unless they know if was strictly state or local (or a body's found within that state, which isn't a federal crime either.)
And since it is really easy to cross state lines in Kansas City (Missouri - where family lived, and Kansas by traveling on Interstate and highways), I would have assumed that the FBI was involved from the get go. Which I believe they were
Apparently the police have been tracking down hundreds of leads, including a teenager who had garage code access and the police staging a "break in" to the family home.
3539 and counting.
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Police tried to recreate the abduction today. The shutter kept banging against the house loudly and the window kept falling down on the police.
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Sorry to return to the cell phone issue but I gotta ... I just read a news update on this, and one of the comments asked "why would the father's cell phone be in the house and available for "stealing" when he was at work ... at work on the graveyard shift no less on that graveyard shift for the first time (IIRC). Of all the times to have his cell phone on his person, THIS was the night.
Significant problem for this couple's story, methinks. And that is upsetting, because baby the odds of baby Lisa being alive would be better if a stranger has/had indeed made off with her.
Again, the pileup of all the first times and coincidences makes the whole thing feel hinky, but the cell phone in and of itself doesn't set off alarms for me.
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Nor for me. I forget my cell phone at home more often than I remember to take it with. So one can't just assume that because many have their phones glued to their hands now, that everyone has the same phone habits.
http://news.yahoo.com/missing-baby-l...083903750.htmlThe mother of missing baby Lisa Irwin is preparing to be charged in connection with her baby's disappearance, according to a family member who says she thinks that an arrest is "inevitable."
Ashley Irwin, the aunt of the missing 10-month-old, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that she believes police are spending more time focusing on the family -- in particular baby Lisa's mother Deborah Bradley -- than on finding viable suspects.
"It's what the police do," Ashley Irwin said. "They don't have any leads so they just have to pin it on somebody."
I know the *police* sometimes make mistakes, but they get it right more often than not. They have to have evidence to get a conviction.
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Unfortunately the mother was the last one to see the baby so without any evidence of a kidnapping (no ransom, no footprints and we assume no unfamiliar fingerprints in the room or on the nursery window or front door), the police are focusing on the mom.
As for the police 'needing to pin it on somebody', as the friend says, . Yeah, they LOVE wasting time and resources on the wrong people. If there's no evidence of illegal entry, no ransom, the door was unlocked, no one in the house heard or noticed anything (not damning of itself), the mother was home alone except for the children, and this morning on the news there was allegedly a security video of her out shopping with a man not her husband that night...the police would be remiss to NOT look at the mother.
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I think the Aunts comments are really fueled by emotion right now. I think everyone would like to believe that the police would get who did this as soon as possible and have all the loose ends tied up asap but the reality is police do make mistakes by jumping on suspects too soon and innocent people go to jail because of it. It happens all to often.
As far as the phone goes, I either forget where I put it down, I can't hear it if it rings or it's dead. I haven't had a land line in 15 years.
I live in Illinois, and this reminds me of the Riley Fox case. Father fell asleep in the living room, AFAIR, and woke up to find his daughter missing. He was arrested and questioned for 14 hours, "confessed" and was convicted. When the police finally got around to processing the DNA, surprise, it wasn't him.
Unfortunately here in Illinois, the police have frequently arrested and prosecuted innocent individuals. Could be mom, but the police need to follow up on all leads, and if they have no physical evidence, they shouldn't make up evidence to fit their theory that mom did it.
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