KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A man who described himself as Lisa Irwin's cousin made a heartfelt statement Friday morning outside a family home after he and two other family members posted displays of community support in the front yard.
The cousin, named Mike, thanked the Kansas City community, media and investigators for “the continued support and coverage to keep Baby Lisa’s picture out there. We know this is going to lead to her safe return.”
Mike said the family is grateful for the cards, letters and e-mails they have received in the 10 days since Lisa was reported missing, and he personally would be willing to do anything to get her back.
“I am a marine, I’ve served multiple tours overseas risking my life for this country,” he said. “At this time I’d gladly give my life to bring Lisa home to us.”
Just before he spoke, Mike and two other family members posted displays of some of the supportive letters they’ve received on trees outside the family home, located a few miles from Lisa Irwin’s house.
To see more of what Mike had to say and video of the family posting the displays, click on the media player above.
Meanwhile, a private investigator known as "Wild Bill" has been in Kansas City for a few days, and announced Friday a $100,000 reward in the case and that he is bringing in a threat analysis expert to help him.
Lisa Irwin was reported missing in the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 4. Her parents say her father, Jeremy Irwin, came home from work at about 4 a.m. and she was not in her crib.
Extensive searches have taken place just about every day since, with investigators canvassing Lisa's north Kansas City neighborhood, homes and buildings in the area and even a landfill in Johnson County, Kan., that houses the trash taken from the area.
The Kansas City Police Department, working together with the FBI, has investigated hundreds of leads in the case, but no suspects have been named in Lisa's disappearance.
We'll keep you posted on developments throughout the day.
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