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MISSOURI: Mystery of missing baby

Decades of statistics on infant abductions suggest one of the least likely scenarios in this week's disappearance of a Kansas City baby is that a stranger snatched her from her crib. The numbers also lead national experts to believe that if 10-month-old Lisa Irwin were taken by an intruder, as her parents told investigators, she is probably still alive. Strangers who kidnap young children often do so because they want a child of their own, not because they intend to hurt the child, said David Finkelhor of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. "The recovery rate for infants is very, very high. There is real hope here," added Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Arlington, Va. Experts acknowledge that investigators often focus on close relatives, in part because statistics show that far more young children are killed by a parent than a stranger. Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley reported their daughter, Lisa, missing Tuesday. Police said the parents had stopped cooperating on Thursday. The couple insisted they only needed a break from incessant police questioning.


OREGON: Body in abandoned Jeep

A body was found in a Jeep Patriot owned by a man missing in Washington state, police said Saturday. The Linn County Sheriff's Office said it was in David Jones Pedersen's black Patriot. He has been sought since his wife, Leslie, was found slain Sept. 28 in their Everett, Wash., home. The Jeep was believed abandoned in Oregon by their son, David Joseph Pedersen, and girlfriend Holly Grigsby. They were in custody in California on other charges, but are suspects in the deaths of Leslie Pedersen and Cody Myers, 19.


TEXAS: 8 shot as rival gangs clash

Eight people were shot when rival gangs confronted each other during a Dallas nightclub's rap competition, and one is critically injured, police said. The incident started early Saturday at the Rolls Royce club when members of one gang began firing.

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