October 12th, 2011
01:04 AM ET

Private investigator joins search for missing Missouri girl

The family of Lisa Irwin, a missing 11-month-old Kansas City girl, has brought in a prominent private investigator to help with the search.

Flanked by family members wearing T-shirts with a picture of Lisa and the word "Kidnapped" above it, investigator Bill Stanton said Tuesday night that he wants a "happy ending" to the case.

"I will be asking questions," he added. "I am here to seek the truth."

Stanton is a former New York City police officer who has served as a security consultant for several television networks. He said his role is to help "coordinate and focus the family" in both the investigation and in its dealings with the media.

"We are here to cooperate with anyone and everyone that will help us find the guilty party and return Lisa home safely," he said.

Stanton said the family - which remains united and strong despite the "tremendous hardship" - will release more information soon but did not elaborate.

Irwin went missing more than a week ago in a suspected kidnapping. She turned 11 months old on Tuesday, the eighth day of the search.

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  1. gung hoe

    What is that sayin you guys have there scottish moma about show me state.Well i kinda think sumtins fishy in den errr missouri

    October 12, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I don't care if people think the parents are the guilty party or not, (and there are *always* people who think the parents are the guilty party) the fact remains that this baby is missing...
    I've been following this story all along, and the parents have to be going through unimaginable pain.

    I hope this comes to a good conclusion.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Morning banasy u was supposed to get back with me hope shes doin fine .Me along with you have been following this

    October 12, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michele

    Mom did something with her.. just my gut, but something is not right here.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @sara:
    Why?
    Why is it so hard to believe that this baby was kidnapped?
    You do realize that everybody said the same sh!t about Jaycee Dugard's parents, too, right?

    I hope that this has a happy ending.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. b. Jones

    Well this is a very confusing case to follow, not that many clues left behind to have a significant lead. All I cn say now is that my family and I will continue to send our prayers for her safe return.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. greg

    I think they did the right move in hiring a private investigator. This wil lgive them some more answers and hopefully like everyone is saying a happy ending.

    October 20, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |