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Police search home where Kansas City baby Lisa Irwin went missing

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Lisa Irwin
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(CBS/KCTV/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officers on Wednesday armed with shovels, rakes and other tools, hauled off bags of potential evidence from the home where missing baby Lisa Irwin went missing.

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Police refused to say what they found inside or outside the home belonging to Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, who say an intruder snatched their baby daughter, Lisa, from the crib in the middle of the night as Bradley and their two sons slept.

From shortly after sunrise through late afternoon, FBI agents and police officers joined in the search that began after a judge issued a warrant that prevented the parents from returning to the house while it was underway.

It is the first time police have searched the Irwin's home since the initial crime scene when baby Lisa disappeared.

Officers headed to the home Wednesday with shovels, rakes and a ladder. They could also be seen digging behind a shed in the yard. Out front, investigators left the house carrying brown paper bags and clear plastic bags and took them to vehicles parked outside.

Police also brought in a bomb and arson truck to assist the search, although spokesman Capt. Steve Young said there were no indications of explosives in the house. Some bomb detection devices use X-ray technology to scan solid objects to reveal items concealed within.

Lisa was 10 months old on Oct. 4 when her parents reported her missing. Her father, an electrician, said he returned home from a late shift to discover the lights on, a window tampered with, the front door unlocked and Lisa gone. Bradley and Lisa's two older brothers had been asleep elsewhere in the house. Bradley has admitted she drank heavily that night and may have blacked out.

Police have not named any suspects.

The parents' attorney, Joe Tacopina, said Wednesday that he welcomed the search, but "we want this to be done in good faith, not to match some predetermined conclusion."

Earlier Wednesday, Tacopina questioned the need for a warrant.

"They can go in and out any time," he said of police. "They have had unfettered access because we want answers."

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Wednesday's search was not based on any sort of tip.

Young said all previous searches of the house have been conducted with the family's consent. Wednesday's warrant prevents anyone except those involved in the investigation from entering, meaning family members - who have returned home from time to time to collect clothes and other belongings - may not go back inside until the search is over. It wasn't immediately clear whether the search would resume Thursday.

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