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In this undated photo released by Greek Police shows a four-year-old girl at an unknown location. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy camps. (AP Photo/Greek Police)

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In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013, Greek Roma, Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, or Selini Sali �a woman who has two separate sets of identity papers. is seen in the Larisa regional police headquarters, Greece. Dimopoulou and her companion have been charged with abducting a little girl found living with them in a Gypsy settlement.

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In this police handout photo taken on Thursday , Oct. 17, 2013, Greek Roma, or Gypsy, man Christos Salis, 39, is seen in the Larisa regional police headquarters, Greece. Salis and his companion have been charged with abducting a little girl found living with them in a Gypsy settlement.

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A gypsy woman holding her child poses for photos at a gypsy camp near the town of Farsala, some 280 km ( 173 miles) north of Athens, Greece, on Sunday, Oct. 20 , 2013. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy camps.

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FBI getting tips about mystery girl in Gypsy camp

  • Associated Press
  • October 22, 2013 - 5:34 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FBI is looking into whether a child found at a Gypsy camp in Greece is a missing Kansas City, Mo., girl, although the children's ages don't appear to match.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Tuesday that the 2-year-old disappearance of Lisa Irwin from her Kansas City home remains an open investigation and that agents follow up on all tips. Patton said the agency began receiving calls after the image of a girl found with a Gypsy couple appeared in media reports. A couple charged with abducting the girl has been put in custody, as an international search for the child's biological parents intensifies.

A dental examination showed the mystery girl, known only as "Maria," is older than previously thought, 5 or 6 years old instead of 4. Lisa Irwin would turn 3 in November.

John Picerno, an attorney for Lisa's family, told Kansas City media outlets that he has spoken to authorities about the investigation in Greece. He didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.

The girl's parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, have said they believe someone kidnapped the girl from her crib when she was 10 months old. Jeremy Irwin said that when he returned home from a late shift on Oct. 4, 2011, the front door was open and the baby was missing.

Police and the FBI conducted extensive searches, even sifting through a Kansas landfill. No one has been charged. There is a $100,000 reward offered to anyone with information that will bring the child home.

Police and a private detective are still investigating, but authorities have said the tips and leads have slowed considerably, down to about one a week. During the first year, detectives worked more than 1,600 leads and countless baby sightings.

Bradley and Irwin have repeatedly said they did not harm Lisa and had nothing to do with her disappearance. Bradley has said she and Irwin think someone took Lisa and is raising the child as his or her own.

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