Today marks the one year anniversary of the last time Lisa Irwin's family saw her. She was 11 months old when she disappeared, prompting national media attention. Much of the coverage pointed toward Lisa's mother, Deborah Bradley, as a primary suspect in the investigation.
Bradley's own statement includes that she doesn't remember the last time she saw Lisa, as she had been drinking rather heavily with a neighbor. Because Bradley was the only adult in the home at the time of Lisa's disappearance, police repeatedly have requested a one-on-one interview with her, which she has declined, likely because one misstatement and it makes her appear more guilty.
Police have investigated over 1,600 leads while looking for Lisa Irwin, none of which led to the whereabouts of the little girl. Where is she? Clearly, she didn't just walk off, like so many people are doing these days. Someone has her, or at the very least, knows where she is. There is still $100,000 reward being offered by an anonymous benefactor for the safe return and/or conviction of whoever took her.
Tonight, there will be a vigil at the Irwin home. There is hope that the anniversary of the toddler's disappearance will bring about new tips.
It must be a horrible feeling, to be a mother whose child has vanished, and to be the main suspect. One would hope that no mother would do something terrible to their own child, but, really, it happens too often. In this case? Only time will tell. At some point, the truth will come out. It always does.
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