Parents worldwide hoping girl found in Greece is theirs

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 A Kansas City couple whose daughter disappeared from their home more than two years ago are among hopeful parents lining up to find out if a girl found in a gypsy camp in Greece is their daughter.

Lisa Irwin was 10 months old when Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin say someone broke into their home and kidnapped Lisa. Now the family has made contact through the local FBI office, which contacted Greek authorities through governmental channels, John Picerno, the attorney for Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, toldThe Kansas City Star.

"We are waiting to hear back from law enforcement," Picerno said Tuesday.

About 10 cases of missing children are "being taken very seriously" in connection with the suspected abduction of a girl by a gypsy, or "Roma," couple in Greece, a spokesman for a Greek children's charity told CNN.

"They include children from the United States, Canada, Poland and France," said Panagiotis Pardalis of the Smile of the Child charity.

The unidentified girl, called Maria, was found during a drug-related raid by police last week. Authorities became suspicious because the girl was more fair than her parents, and DNA tests showed she was not their birth child.

The couple is accused of falsifying documents, and the hunt for the real parents is on.

In Kansas City, Picerno tells the Star that Lisa's parents are following every possible lead and have not given up hope of finding her.

Medical tests indicate that Maria is 5 or 6 years old, Paralis said. Lisa Irwin would turn 3 years old next month. Police say their investigation continues, but few tips are coming in, the Star says.

 

By: John Bacon, USA TODAY

 

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