Is Maria, the blond, blue eyed girl that was found with her abductor Gypsy couple in Greece possibly missing Lisa Irwin who was 10 months old when she went missing on October 4, 2011 at the age of in Kansas City, MO? The FBI and Greek authorities will work to determine that the child isn’t that of missing Kansas City toddler Lisa Irwin as well as other missing children.
Lisa Irwin, the Kansas City baby who disappeared two years ago, is among the candidates considered by authorities to be a match for “Maria,” the blue-eyed, blond girl found living with alleged abductors in Greece last week, the attorney for the missing girl’s family said Tuesday.
Lisa, who was 10 months old when she vanished from her parents’ home in October 2011, is among the eight to 10 leads being reviewed by authorities, John Picerno told FoxNews.com.
If authorities believe the two girls are the same person, the next step would involve a DNA test, Picerno said. He added that Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, are trying to stay positive as the investigation works its course.
“It’s been a long two years,” Picerno said. “Sightings such as these give them hope.”
The development in the case began last week, when Greek police searching for drugs and weapons raided a Roma camp near the town of Farsala and discovered Maria, Sky News reported.
Greek authorities, investigating mystery girl Maria, alerted to Baby Lisa’s disappearance in KC.
Although Greek authorities say the child taken from a Roma encampment appears to be at least two years older than Kansas City’s Lisa Irwin, her parents were hopeful Tuesday that the child known as Maria is their missing daughter.
“We’re trying not to get our hopes up too much, but we are very hopeful that she could be Lisa,” said the missing girl’s mother, Deborah Bradley.
Federal investigators in Kansas City said they have been in contact with authorities in Greece after receiving calls once pictures of the girl found with a Gypsy couple appeared in the media.
DNA from a little girl found living in the squalor of a Gypsy encampment in central Greece does not match an international database of missing persons, Greek authorities told ABC News.
The setback only deepens the mystery as to the identity of the blonde-haired girl called Maria who was discovered in the camp by Greek police last week during a nationwide crackdown on Gypsies, also known as Roma.
The findings by Interpol initially suggest that the girl is not one of the hundreds of children reported missing every year in its database.
That database does not include reports of missing U.S. children and several American families whose kids have disappeared — along with hundreds of European families with missing kids -- have had their hopes kindled by the mystery of the blonde girl.