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FAA halts flights near home of missing Mo. baby

Police search a heavily wooded area blocks away from the home of missing Missouri baby, and the FAA announcs a temporary flight restriction for the area, NBC News reported.
Lisa Irwin
A photo from the Kansas City, Missouri, police department shows Lisa Irwin. Police and federal authorities have been searching extensively for Irwin who was 10 months old when her parents reported her missing on Oct. 4, 2011.AP
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Police searched a heavily wooded area blocks away from the home of missing Missouri baby on Tuesday, and the FAA temporarily issued flight restrictions for the area, NBC News reported.

But the search, police said, yielded no clues to the disappearnce of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin, whose parents say vanished from her crib early on Oct. 4.

The information that sparked the search of the area was a lead that didn't pan out, police said. They did not elaborate.

The flight restrictions were "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement," NBC News reported.

More than a dozen FBI and local law enforcement police vehicles were  conducted the search. It is the fourth time investigators have searched this specific location.

The attorney for Lisa Irwin's parents on Monday said the family "have nothing to hide."

Deborah Bradley, Lisa's mother, told television audiences Monday that she may have blacked out in the hours before she and Jeremy Irwin reported their daughter was missing from their Kansas City. Bradley also now says she last saw her daughter hours earlier than she originally told police.

"I don't recall in recent history anyone under this umbrella of suspicion be so open and forthright, warts and all, regarding the events. Because they have nothing to hide," said attorney Joe Tacopina, who held a press conference Monday to announce he had been hired to represent the couple.

The parents reported their daughter missing after Irwin returned home from working a night shift and found the front door unlocked, the house lights on, a window tampered with and the baby gone. Bradley and their two sons were asleep elsewhere in the house.

Police have said they have no suspects in the case and no major leads. On Monday, the parents allowed the FBI to bring tracking dogs through their home. The FBI also searched a neighbor's house with the dogs, as well as the yard of the home where Bradley and Irwin have been staying with their two sons.

Bradley had said in previous days that she checked on Lisa at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, but on Monday told TODAY that she actually last saw Lisa when she put her to bed at 6:40 p.m. She did not explain why she changed her story.

Bradley told Fox News that she got drunk after she put her daughter to bed that night and may have blacked out. She said she "probably" drank more than five glasses of wine, and said she frequently drank at home after her children were safely in bed. She also said she had taken a dose of anti-anxiety medication that day.

Bradley told NBC that police accused her of killing Lisa, but she insisted again that she had not harmed her daughter.

"No, no. ... I don't think alcohol changes a person enough to do something like that," she said.

Tacopina, who also defended Joran Van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, said Bradley detailing her drinking the night Lisa went missing "goes to her credibility."

"That's something she was willing to tell the truth about even if it didn't make her look good because she's got nothing to hide," said Tacopina, who refused to say who was paying him and would only say that he had been hired to counsel the parents through the investigation.

Sean O'Brien, associate professor of law at University of Missouri-Kansas City, said it was difficult to read anything into Bradley's remarks about her drinking or about what police told her. But he said it was wise for the parents to hire a lawyer, and they likely should have done so earlier given what Bradley has said about police accusing her of being involved in the baby's disappearance.

"When the questioning becomes accusatory ... it's time to shut up and lawyer up," O'Brien said.

But he noted that police remain the family's "best hope" of finding the baby, so Bradley would want to continue cooperating.