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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    In the end it will come out that the mother and father are the ones who did it. The father cut short a polygraph and the mother is not grieving at all. She is also speaking of her daughter in the past tense – DEAD give away that they are hiding something and it is only a matter of time before they are found out.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Cases like this break my heart...
    I truly hope these girls are found alive and well.
    I am one of those moms that people say are over-protective; I don't care!
    I want my kids *safe*!
    The world is getting increasingly uglier, and all too often, our youngsters pay...

    July 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We are still reeling from that act of terrorism in Colorado and don't need more grief.
    Time to take a pause and give a serious thought to where this society is headed. Constantly bombarded by propaganda from those who think they are masters of our socio-political destiny looking for enemies elsewhere, we have stopped looking inwards.

    July 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |


    Susan Smith NEVER seemed convincing.

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

      Well, I guess not, given the outcome.
      I will admit to not following the story when it first broke; I am only looking at it in hindsight now, but I do remember people being pretty divided on the issue before she confessed.
      She is where she should be; and I pray that these girls din't suffer the same fate.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kt

    I hope and pray the girls will be found OK. Even in small towns u must be careful you never know what evil monsters are lurking. Lord protect them and bring them home! Amen

    July 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    You do just the right thing keeping your children safe@banasy. Forget what others say.
    The world indeed is getting uglier.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dreamer96

    Take those scent dogs to every vehicle in town and see if the dogs react to the trunks or the inside...

    And the Sheriff and FBI should be talking to the cell phone companies about active cell phones, calls that day..for 10, 20 miles around..

    Check the gas stations for out of town vehicles...getting gas..

    July 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kutunza

    To say our world-as we know it- to be uglier has always been. Case in point, Hansel and Gretel a true story of children murder turned into folklore to entertain. How bout Jack and Jill. Uglier then or now? History speaks to whats always been. We're just livin in it.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    Re the conversation sparked by DB's comment... maybe they didn't mean it the way it sounds. It's complicated. I'm a Christian, and I'd never tell a grieving parent that they ought to be happy because their child is with Jesus, or even think that this was God's plan! (At this point in the story of the world, God isn't the only one making choices... but that's another conversation.) Even thinking about a death that was part of the plan – allowing Jesus to die for us – if you read the story you don't get a sense of God saying "This is good" like He does at creation. It's a very terrible, destructive moment, which does produce a wonderful victory in the end.

    But I do believe that the people in heaven are better off. I may not be hoping to die today, but I know that if I did, I'd be home... all the unfulfilled longings for truth and goodness realized... finally able to understand who I am and how much I'm loved, and to love as well as I am loved... more alive than ever! Flying would be a relatively minor plus. These children, if they are there, are happier than we can imagine.

    But naturally, I hope they are here instead and found soon!!

    My favorite books on heaven: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis – and Heaven is for Real by Todd Coulter.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lee

    For the love of grammar, it's abduction, not abudction. Did CNN fire all the editors?

    July 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ManTex

    Looks like a replay of the Casey Anthony case. Time to put the dogs in the houses and cars of family and friends.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Portland tony

    Without a shred of evidence, commenters are making wild accusations about who is responsible for causing these two young girls disappearance. Oh...she looks guilty ..or he did something wrong earlier. If justice were left to you fools...The Salem witch trials would look like the old "Matlock" verdicts!

    July 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan Rhein

    What's an "abudction"? Do you have copy editors?

    July 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ghostmule

    If the scent ended at the water's edge, then common sense would tell you someone with a boat picked them up. Some perv that saw them and asked if they wanted to go on a boat ride. Then, he took them ot his house on the lake where he has them held, or killed them and tossed their bodies somewhere.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      o good lord. Myers lake is super small. That didn't happen. Trust me

      July 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. elaine

    i see the same white middle class man and it was a black conversion van and he luered the girls in with a puppy, they are right out side of there little town in a wooded area with these huge bushes

    July 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      The lake is in town

      July 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitin

      I love u alina.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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