July 16th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Search fails to turn up missing Iowa girls; 'It's like they vanished,' official says

(CNN) - As the search moved into its fourth day Monday for two girls last seen riding their bicycles near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa, authorities suspended a volunteer effort that drew hundreds over the weekend.

The girls - 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook - were last seen by their grandmother on Friday when the two, who are cousins, left her home to go ride their bicycles, authorities said.

A massive volunteer search effort that grew to over 900 people by Sunday failed to locate the girls.

"As we evaluate the accomplishments and results of the searches conducted this past weekend, we are not asking for any additional assistance from the general public," Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock said in an e-mail early Monday sent to news outlets.

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  1. Obama Mama

    @Jay- though your stomping grounds is a small community it sounds like they all show up in a crisis.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Anyone else see the interview on AC360? Mom didn't seem very emotional... Even Susan Smith pulled it off better.

    July 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ Mike, thats freaky! I didnt see it, but im hoping and praying maybe its because she knows her daughter is ok. Ty for the update. And @ Jay Jay, again i am so sorry, your friends daughter must be traumatized by this!

    July 17, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
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