Baby Lisa disappeared from her Kansas City family home back in 2011, when she was just 10-months-old.
Lisa’s parents are now trying to establish if their daughter might be Maria, the girl found at a gypsy camp in Greece, who authorities believe may have been abducted.
Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, have been in contact with the FBI, who have in turn contacted the Greek police. Their lawyer, John Picerno, said: “We are waiting to hear back from law enforcement.”
Maria, who is around five or six years old, was taken into care last week after DNA tests showed that she was not the biological daughter of the couple who were looking after her.
Baby Lisa’s parents sent a letter to Sky News explaining the reasons why they contacted authorities: “Because of the physical similarities between Lisa and Maria we have contacted the authorities here, as well as overseas, and are waiting for their responses.”
The Interpol database has searched and found 38 girls below the age of six, but none of them match Maria’s description. As yet, no one has come forward to claim Maria as their daughter.
An emergency nationwide investigation is now underway in Greece, thanks to Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani. He has ordered a full inquiry into all birth certificates issued in Greece after January 1 2008.
The couple, who are thought to have abducted Maria or at least paid to adopt her, have been arrested and charged with abduction and document fraud. They refute the charges against them, claiming a poor mother who had just given birth gave them the child.
As the search continues for baby Lisa, another girl, aged seven, has been found living with a gypsy family in Dublin, Ireland. She has also been taken into protective custody pending DNA testing.
It still remains to been seen if the girl found in Greece or the one found in Ireland are in fact baby Lisa, as authorities carry out a full investigation to ascertain the identities of the girls.