KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — There are five main reasons someone would abduct an infant, Gil Abeyta said during a phone interview Wednesday evening.
“Of course there could be some strange scenario that doesn’t fit into one of the five categories,” he said, “but history shows that these are the five main reasons an infant would be abducted”:
- Love – a woman who wants a baby
- Ransom – not seen much in the U.S. in recent years
- Accident – someone accidentally kills a baby and then tries to cover it up
- Revenge – it speaks for itself
- Sale – very rare in missing infant cases in the U.S.
Gil said that since ransom and sale are very rare in missing infant cases in the U.S., the three most likely scenarios would be love, accident and revenge.
Since investigators said early on that abductions occuring out of love – a woman who wants a baby for a number of reasons, including that she cannot have a baby or is grieving because she’s lost a baby – are typically resolved quickly, the two scenarios police are likely focused on are accident and revenge.
Gil’s infant son was abducted from his crib 25 years ago and was never found. He’s been through what Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, are going through.
Now fast-forward 25 years and Gil is out helping others. He says he’s helped solve hundreds of missing person’s cases and is on the ground in Missouri offering his help to find Baby Lisa.
The family has not embrassed him the way he’d hoped, Gil said during a phone call Thursday evening. “I came to help find Baby Lisa, to let her parents know someone else has been through what they’re going through,” he said.
He said he hoped to provide them with support and suggestions on what can be done to find Baby Lisa. He continues to say the most important thing people need to focus on is finding the baby.
His wife, like Deborah, was accused of having something to do with their baby’s disappearance. It took many years before police would finally reopen the case to look at it with fresh eyes. He’s hoping to one day learn what happened to his son.
Baby Lisa’s parents say Lisa was abducted from her crib sometime between 6:40 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 a.m. Oct. 4.
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Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the TIP Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
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