The weeks of focused attention on the parents of Lisa Irwin by investigators have had an effect on Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, according to the couple's attorney.
According to Fox News, family defense attorney Cyndy Short has related that Lisa Irwin's parents "trust" in investigators has been "waning."
Accordingly, this is due to suggestions by police investigators that 25-year-old Deborah Bradley and 29-year-old Jeremy Irwin might be culpable in their daughter's disappearance. Still, Short added that the "trust" is not totally gone.
The parents have been under a great deal of scrutiny in recent weeks as investigators focused attention on their home in the effort to ferret out leads that could point them to the whereabouts of the 11-month-old Kansas City, Mo., girl.
On Tuesday, Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young said that he is not in disagreement with the family's attorney, Joe Tacopina, who stated that the family had cooperated and answered questions asked by investigators. Still, Young said the answers so far have not been sufficient.
"We need them to sit down apart from each other, with detectives, and answer the tough questions detectives have for them concerning what they may or may not know about anything, who came and went [the night Lisa disappeared]," Young sad, as reported by ABC News.com.
On Thursday, Lisa's parents decided to cancel a news conference and planned walk through, with media of their home, due to exhaustion, according to Short.
Investigators also searched a lake near the home for the missing girl on Thursday.
Accordingly, the search of the lake was not in response to a tip, but more of an effort by police to expand their search area. The lake which is known as Chaumiere Lake yielded nothing significant.
Police are anxious to interview the older brothers of little Lisa. The siblings who are reported to be ages 6 and 8 were in the house the night when their sister went missing.
Kansas City Police Officer Darin Snapp said investigators initially spoke to the boys on Oct. 4, soon after the little girl was reported missing. "We spoke to one for 50 minutes and the other for 30 minutes. They were woken up very early in the morning and, due to their ages, we didn't want to interview them for too long that day," Snapp said, according to ABC News.com.
The police expressed an understanding of the delicacy involved when forced to interrogate small children, and Snapp explained that the interview of the boys, Friday, will be conducted by child specialists and not by detectives.
Police have received over 975 tips and have cleared almost 800 of those tips.
Over the past week, there have been a number of eyewitness reports of a suspicious individual being seen carrying a baby, and a surveillance tape of a man dressed in white as he left a wooded area, at 2:30 a.m., the night Lisa disappeared.
Still, police appear to have dismissed those reports of being able to point to the 11-month-old's whereabouts.