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Renewed Focus on Baby Lisa Missing Child Case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri authorities have released a new picture of a missing baby. It shows an image of what Baby Lisa might look like today.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri authorities have released a new picture of a missing baby.  It shows an image of what Baby Lisa might look like today....two years after she disappeared from her Kansas City home.

When reporters stopped by their house north of Kansas City Wednesday,  Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin refused to do an interview about their missing daughter who came to be known as Baby Lisa.

They said they hired a new PR person who advised them not to speak out until Saturday at a vigil planned at the house where the 10-month-old vanished two years ago this week.
"Thank you very much for coming. I can't really do anything with you right now, but I forward to seeing you on Saturday," said Deborah Bradley, Baby Lisa's mother.

Like these old flyers still posted throughout the neighborhood, local and national awareness about Baby Lisa's disappearance has faded.

But take a close look at this new image that was just released depicting what baby lisa might look like now.
Authorities hope it will get the public to re-focus on the big picture.

"People are no longer looking for a baby. The hearts are feeling the hurt of baby gone, but mentally we need to be looking for an older child now."

Lieutenant Kelli Bailiff is a child safety expert in association with the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. She explained how the center's forensics experts use science, art and even photos of Baby Lisa's parents when they were children to generate this age progression photo.

They'll use siblings, parents pictures and whatever pictures they can.
"Basically it's an artist and some software," Bailiff says.  "The very best guess that they think forensically can put out there."

She showed several examples of age progression photos that were pretty close to what the actual victims looked like when they were found alive. The hi-profile case of Jayce Duggard in California who was abducted from her home at 11-years-old.

Here's the age progression photo of her next to a real photo after she was rescued. You want the eyes, nose and mouth to really stand out.
"That's the focus of a good age progression," Bailiff notes.


(Sandra Olivas, KCTV for CNN)

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