Case of missing Iowa girls an 'abduction,' police say
10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey, left, and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins went missing in Evansdale, Iowa.
July 20th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

Case of missing Iowa girls an 'abduction,' police say

The case of two missing Iowa girls is now being called an abduction after the search of a lake near where the cousins were last seen turned up nothing.

"Those girls are not in that lake," Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Abben told reporters Friday. "Obviously, within a week if they were lost they would have been found by now."

"Since we can't find them, they're not in the lake, we're calling it an abduction," Abben said.

Lyric Cook, 10, and her cousin Elizabeth Collins, 8, were last seen by their grandmother on July 13 when they left on a bike ride.

Their bicycles and a purse were found near Meyers Lake hours after they were reported missing.

Scent dogs following the girls' trail led searchers around the lake and stopped at the water's edge, according to Lyric's mother, Misty Cook-Morrissey.

Meanwhile, authorities have searched the home of Cook-Morrissey and Wylma Cook, who is a grandmother to both girls, with the women's consent.

The two women said they also provided investigators with a key to get into the attic.

Investigators confiscated Cook-Morrisey's computers with her consent, she said.

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  1. saywhat

    Another horror to unfold?
    No, I hope and pray.May those girls be found safe.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dee

    You just can't let children their age go out alone anymore – it's too dangerous now. I really wish parents would take this kind of thing seriously, there's no way I would let a 10 yr old and an 8 yr old go out alone, that said this family doesn't deserve this ... but it's just... not safe! – too many of these offenders are back on the street in no time and living in our neighborhoods, that is if they're even caught...

    July 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      We remove children from homes that lock them in their rooms to keep them from wandering. Then we condemn parents who let their kids run free in the neighborhood, sometimes unsupervised. Parents have jobs, chores, adult pursuits etc.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • momof4

      I agree, I wouldn't let my 11 and 12 year old ride their bikes alone the way things are today. There are just too many cases of this happening.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Oops ....Just trying to point out that most responsible parents do their best, but sometimes best isn't good enough. I Truely hope these young girls are found alive and well. We just can't put leashes or GPS. tracking devices on all our kids!

      July 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • unsure

      Statistically a child is less likely to be abducted now than 30 years ago. So, it has nothing to do with "these days". Also, the fact is that they are far more likely to be abducted by a friend or family member than a stranger. Its tragic and horrifically unfortunate, but its wrong to blame the family for letting a couple of kids take a bike ride. Are we now supposed to stop letting kids do anything without constant supervision? At what age does that end? I think that will create a generation of people who can't entertain themselves or manage their own lives without constant guidance. Its sad to me to walk through my neighborhood and not see or hear kids playing because they have to be inside unless mom or dad is watching. I don't know the answer, but I feel locking them away isn't it.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • =

      unsure: it never ends. if you care about your kids and take your role seriously, it never ends.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. drap ™

    agreed..any happy news you could leave us with before the weekend... .?

    July 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. db

    These precious angels are either alive (rejoice!) or with Jesus (rejoice!). It's a win-win scenario.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You, sir, have mental problems.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      Seriously? Win-Win? That is sick of you to think that death for 2 young girls is a WINNING scenario.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sherrylou

      WTH kind of remark is that????

      July 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • janeweed

      There is absolutely no reason to celebrate if these girls have met a bad end. That is really twisted thinking.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • myoungwisc


      July 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Dan, you have some serious issues.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Joe/Dan??? Is it really you???

      July 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anonymous

    Did the the police search the Island in the Lake ? They should !

    July 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • momof4

      Anonymous, maybe you should tell the police searching that. Then again I would think they all ready have or else you know something nobody else does.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I believe the one girl (who went missing a week before with a friend, before she went missing *again* this time) has met a boy (or boys) and is bringing her friends along. My guess is the boy (or boys) are much older, 19ish+, and that either they are being hid... or that this isn't going to end well.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • =

      8 and 10 is pretty young. anything is possible, and no doubt they have been around bad people that could groom or pedophiles, but 8 and 10 are very young. not uncommon for people that don't have kids to think they are capable of more though.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kathleen

    I am so sorry. My children are always saying I am too protective. I only let them play in the back yard and I am watching them. It is scary that someone took these two sweet little girls. Let's pray that they are returned and found safetly and this monster that took them is put away forever.

    July 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenna

      Better to be too protective, at least your kids are alive....we have had a nuMber of abduction attempts in the NY/CT area. It's very scary as a parent.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hjk

    I wouldn't consider these girls being found dead a "win" situation....

    July 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Are you saying that an eternity with Jesus would be bad??

      July 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hjk

    I pray they are found alive!

    July 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. What did you say

    This comes as no surprise to anyone following this case. The mother and father definitely knew they weren't in the lake. Just a matter of time before we have a happy family reunion as the parents, aunt, grandma all smile again for the camera and start taking movie offers for the hoax they pulled off to get attention.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      I'am glad someone said that, When watching interview i had same thoughts. sorry to say that but they sure didn't seem to worried and by their faces were lying. I hope i'am wrong and girls will be well, but again something is not right.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ELG

    DB – I really don't know Jesus so I am not sure if an eternity with him/her would be bad. However, I will pray to my God which I feel much more sure about.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Becca

    This is very sad. But I do not care what people say everyone grieves differently. This mother did not shead one tear. Infact she had a smile on her face at times in the interview. I hope these kids are found alive. I understand that these parents both had criminal charges against them and one was for drugs. Now just maybe the childern was taken for drug moneys owed. All I can say is I hope and pray they are alive. I know some people on here are saying they would be ok if dead Well what I'd like to know have any of you people ever died and came back to here to live again alive?????
    If not then I want to know how do you know this then they would be ok if dead?????? I know I would not want to die no matter what as I do not know for sure if I would be better off dead because I have never been there before and I do not know anyone that has and then came back to tell the world how it was there. ANyways I hope they find these little girls alive.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Julie

    Totally unrelated to the discussion, but could someone wake up the proofreader and get him/her to fix the misspelling in the headline ("abudction"):

    "Case of missing Iowa girls an 'abudction,' police say"

    July 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kutunza

    When this story broke it gave me chills. Here in Mn some ? 2Oyrs ago 2 friendsbout the same age went ridin bikes only one returned with a horrific tale of bein approached at gun point takin his friend. Jacob Wetterling has never been found, no suspect or leads. Only a sketch of a what a survivin childhood friend could offer in hopes to bring his friend back. But we here in Mn still hope for closure whatever the outcome just we all did 4 that litte boy that was on the back of my milk carton as I ate my fruitloops on a nice saturday mornin b4 I went out to play. Hope is peace.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. paul bunion

    10 to 1 the relatives are involved somehow in the girl's disappearance.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |

      Absolutely. Their behavior has not been consistent with the way 99.9% of human beings respond in a similar situation.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Conversely, you had Susan Smith weeping all over the airwaves when she herself drove those poor boys into the water; she seemed pretty convincing at the time.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • george rombama

      there's no evidence of violence in their past from the charges described.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
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