KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Isabelle Zehnder reporting – Updated 11/27/2011 at 1:56 p.m. PST) — The newest twist unfolding in the case of missing Missouri baby Lisa Irwin involves a psychic from Dallas who claims her tip generated a volunteer search of a well Saturday and who now feels scorned by people she thought she could trust; she’s talking about it publicly on her blog.
[(UPDATE): The public has questioned if police plan to conduct a professional search of the well. Kansas City Police spokesman Steve Young said in an email Sunday afternoon, “We are exploring the possibility of searching it soon. Numerous resources are needed to get it done, but no reason not to search it.”]
Stephanie has clearly spent an incredible amount of time and energy on Baby Lisa’s case. Click here to see the timeline and map she created on Oct. 14.
And now, she’s not holding back. Self-proclaimed psychic Stephanie Almaguer is using her Stephanie Almaguer – Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, and Human …. blog as a platform to vent her anger and to let the world know she’s not the liar, fraud, or scam artist she’s been made out to be since her ‘vision’ reportedly led volunteers to an old abandoned well Saturday in the search for Baby Lisa.
AND TO THE U G L Y BITCH OR BASTARD (HARD TO TELL WHICH ONE, YOU LOOK LIKE A MAN, BUT WITH LONG HAIR) WHO SAID MY BLOG WAS WORTHLESS – YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU CAN GO. WHO THE HELL MADE YOU JUDGE AND JURY OVER ME? AND YES, I JUST CURSED ON MY BLOG – IMAGINE THAT! EVERYONE BELIEVES I’M A LIAR, FRAUD, SCAM ARTIST, ETC…ANYWAY – MIGHT AS WELL LIVE UP TO IT, HUH….ONE LAST COMMENT – TO EVERYONE WHO USED ME, CRITICIZED ME~ WHAT AND WHY I DO WHAT I DO, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO PUT DOWN MY CHILDREN – F***OFF
Stephanie became so irate at another psychic who claimed to have been the one who discovered the well, not Stephanie. Evidently numerous emails between the two ensued, ending with Stephanie posting their emails on her blog. She said the psychic became angry and threatened to sue her. Stephanie then said,
“YOU CAN NEVER PLEASE SOME PEOPLE….THEY’RE OUT TO GET YOU NO MATTER WHAT! SOMETIMES I WISH CANCER HAD OF DONE ME IN LONG AGO….AND THEN I REALIZE HOW SELFISH A THOUGHT OF SUCH IS, CONSIDERING MY CHILDREN.”
Stephanie says she’s shut off comments to her blog, and that she’s done working on missing persons’ cases. “Some of the media has crucified me, lying about what really happened at the search,” she wrote. She also created a video that she posted on her Facebook page in an effort to explain her side of what transpired. Stephanie wrote on her Facebook page Sunday, “Ch5 in my great hometown is willing to get me and my story straight. Go Dallas.”
Stephanie added to her blog, “According to one of the searchers who ‘took charge’, Edith, LE WAS at the search site – ALL around it…not searching, but there. When the well was found, LE came to it, examined it for 30-45 minutes, and then cleared the area (had the searchers clear the area), viewed my sketches, seriously this time & finally agreed my info. may be useful, and said they were going to drain the well after the weekend and search the area, professionally – and said that area had not it been searched by LE yet.”
“The media isn’t reporting ANY of that! So, who’s lying?,” Stephanie asked. “I have, now, 100 emails an hour, bloggers on the media sites, and even on their own blogs, calling me, my family, and even my children GOD awful names, a fraud/fake, laughing at me and my family etc…. My son was in town earlier, and got ‘jumped’ in the store parking lot by some other guys because his mom was a “f***ing liar b**ch” and people are messaging my daughter ugly names on FB. If one person thinks I do ANY OF THIS missing person s**t for anything other than my own personal mission, they can *off. I have had it.”
“ I’m playing fair now, since this is apparently a game to many people – But I can play dirty too. Isn’t that what you all expect?” Stephanie asked. “Well,” she said, “then go ahead and push me further – My good will has pushed it’s limit’s.”
Stephanie claimed she had a vision that Baby Lisa accidentally died in her home and was then dumped in an area resembling the area near the old Sam’s Town Casino that was searched on Saturday. She said she saw a river by a tower and other elements that locals connected to the property.
Her vision spurred about 25 locals to brave the rain and cold Saturday to search the area. Reports show they found an old well that was reportedly four to five feet across and filled with water and fall foliage and debris.
Local private investigator Ron Rugen was there Saturday and said, “Every person I spoke to that was there told me they did not believe that Texas woman who suggested this search as a result of a what she labeled a psychic vision. However, like me, their attitude was ‘what the heck.’ What harm does it do to try yet another avenue no matter how it was suggested? Personally, as I told a reporter for lodeplus.com yesterday, I think Google and Google Earth are a psychic’s best friend.
There was some confusion about a picture that Stephanie shared of what looked like a baby’s face and body on the side of an embankment near railroad tracks. The photo was, apparently, not taken by Stephanie who is in Texas, the missing baby in Missouri. The photo, instead, was taken by a woman named Shelly.
Shelly wrote in a private Facebook message Saturday that she is the one who took the photo, and that she never gave Stephanie permission to use it the way she has. She said Stephanie first used the photo, then created blog posts calling her a liar because she would not tell her the exact location of where she was standing.
This happened on Thanksgiving, Shelly said, when she was trying to spend time with her family. She said Stephanie was hounding her for information. When asked to explain what happened Shelly said, “I am a member (not a psychic) of Psychic Crime Fighters. Just became a member for this case. I got there and read all the visions and readings they do.” She said Stephanie, a silent member of that group, has been banned.
Shelly said she went out and took photos on a few different occasions of areas described by psychics in the group. Shelly says Stephanie took information from the group and used it in her own blog. Shelly said when she originally saw Stephanie’s posts she contacted her asking her to look at her photos. “Next thing I knew I woke up Thanksgiving morning and she took my pic and made a blog of it,” Shelly said.
She’s put everything on the back burner for this case, Shelly said, and she needed time with her family on Thanksgiving. She said that because she was not able to provide Stephanie the information she requested – on Thanksgiving day – Stephanie became angry and attacked her on her blog.
“Because she did not get it [answer about the location of the photo] all of a sudden I am this bad person and this blog and everyone on it is attacking my name saying I am not better than Lisa’s parents. That’s low,” Shelly said.
She said Stephanie then put a photo of Shelly’s grandson on her blog. “She is a fake,” Shelly said. “I took the pictures on Nov. 13 and I never had contact with her until Nov. 23 10 days later.”
According to an iReport on CNN’s website Missouri Police Detective Albertson arrived at the Baby Lisa River Search led by Edith Fine-Duskin. Edith and about a dozen searchers led Det. Albertson to the thicket where the old well made of brick was located. It was reported that this well had not been discovered or searched since Baby Lisa vanished.
The report indicates Detective Albertson investigated the well and after 30 minutes of conversation with volunteers he led the group of volunteers back up the steep embankment to head home. Detective Albertson had “no comment” on further investigation of the well and Missouri River front.
Hope was expressed that KCMP will have the old well pumped out and the area searched professionally. KCPD spokesman Captain Steve Young said Saturday police were not initially involved in Saturday’s search.
An anonymous concerned citizen said, “Now that all of the people involved in this uproar have had their 15 minutes of fame, can we all go back to the task at hand – finding Baby Lisa?”
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Baby Lisa Irwin was reported missing Oct. 4, 2011, at around 4 a.m. Her parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, say she was abducted from her crib. Their repeated inconsistent stories and refusal to cooperate with police have placed them under a cloud of suspicion by police and the public.
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