Could Greece Mystery Girl Be Missing Missouri Child?

It's one of the leads being investigated

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2013 7:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Earlier this month, KMOV reported on a case that was "growing cold": that of Lisa Irwin, a 10-month-old who vanished from her Kansas City home two years ago. Now, her parents are wondering if the mystery girl found in Greece could possibly be their baby. NBC News reports that Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley have connected with the charity that is searching for the girl's parents. The chances sound slim, however: Lisa, who went missing from her crib on Oct. 4, 2011, would be 3 now, and dental exams peg "Maria's" age around 5 or 6, though other reports put it at 4.

Still, it's one of eight leads being actively pursued by Greek police, reports the Telegraph, and KCTV points out the girls have a "similar physical appearance." Three more of those leads hail from the US; the rest are from Canada, Sweden, France, and Poland. Among the possible next steps: Prosecutors yesterday asked that an "anthropological analysis" be conducted in order to winnow her potential countries of origin. In the meantime, the couple alleged to have kidnapped the child have been formally charged; police have also released photos of them. And Maria's case isn't the only one, reports the BBC: Irish police yesterday removed a 7-year-old blonde girl from a Roma family in Dublin. Click for more on the case of Lisa Irwin, who went missing while her father was at work and her mother was drunk.

This undated photo released by charity ''The Smile of the Child'' shows a 4-year-old girl at an unknown location.
This undated photo released by charity ''The Smile of the Child'' shows a 4-year-old girl at an unknown location.   (AP Photo/The Smile of the Child)
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