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. sm7

    Is there anyway to keep the crazy people off here? #1 the best place for these girls is back home with there family. Not in "heaven". #2 don't post nonsense about how you're clarvoient and can see things, and have been able to since the 4th grade at age 11. I was 9 in the 4th grade, as I'm sure most people were, so clearly you're not very smart to begin with!!!!!!! That is all

    July 21, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Millerd Fillmore

      I think you meant "their family", not "there family"...

      July 21, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Desert Doc

    Check parents drug contacts! Also, check gas station survalence for evidence of a kidnapper gasing up???? And possible woods hideout location as a small camp ground???

    July 21, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. mn

    It is so sad that we cant even let out kids play outside like we did when we were little! It is just common sense..there r sickos out there! My heart goes out to the families of those missing girls! I really believe we should fry the sickos who prey on our kids!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mercedes

      The world is not a more dangerous place. In fact, these types of crimes have been steadily declining for years. It just SEEMS more dangerous because we hear about every abduction in the nation now, whereas 40 years ago you would have read about them in the newspaper. Most people weren't aware of every child abduction because they didn't have access to 24 hour cable news.
      It is so sad that while violent crimes in our country are at an all-time low, people are more afraid than ever.

      July 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MCGH1

    Not even fathomable how anybody could blame the Grandmother for the little girls' abduction.
    If u fact check, she is the one who gave them permission to ride their bikes on the trail tge day they disappeared.
    Pray harder, they must be found.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. lasting impression

    Relatives absolutely are involved in the disappearance.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Millerd Fillmore

    Those girls were taken by wolves, or picked off accidentally by a hunter, who is now distraught.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Friggin' amazing that bloggers know what happened, where it happened, and who-done-it, yet all the on the scene law enforcement folks haven't a clue!

    July 21, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      I don't know who-dun-it. Neither does the FBI the local sheriffs office or anyone else for that matter. There are sickos in this world ie: crazies in theaters, osamas, and pedofiles. Life goes on tho. To support my I-380 theory, the nearest interstate on ramp is less than three quarter a mile away from Myers lake. Seems like a perfect place to me to do something like this. I'm positive the FBI Already thought of this tho... On another note, the family are a huge bunch of meth heads as are a lot of others in my ex community sad to say. Those poor girls...

      July 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. elaine

    i am pretty damn smart, THANK YOU! and i started school late because of where my birthday fell, graduated high school in 3 years instead of 4! And i have an associaciates degree, so Opions are like butts and everyone has one, so obviously ur the dumb one for running your mouth about stuff u dont know, GOTTA LOVE KNOW IT ALLS

    July 21, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. formerIowangirl

    I grew up in Iowa in a small town 30 minutes from Evanston. From the time I was in first grade, I was riding my bike around my block alone. From second grade on, I was playing around town with my brothers who were in sixth grade and eighth grade at the time. By the time I was in fourth grade, I rode to school, the pool, and parks by myself or with a friend. There were no cell phones. My childhood was and is typical in Iowa. I don't think it is fair to judge the parenting or grand parenting here is atypical. In fact it is typical for small-town Iowans to care for children "as a village.". It is just on

    July 21, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cindy

    There is something off with that mother, she is way too calm, happy and relaxed – like she is describing a day at the beach. She knows something

    July 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Church of the emptied purses

    These overly dramatzied (soap opera ized) disasters like a few missing children or a dozen people getting shot and killed at one movie theatre leads one to belive that these are uncommon events.
    Over 500 children out of the 2000 that go missing EACH day go unaccounted for forever. 500 kids per day...Poof!. Gone. And none need reminded of how many thousands of american citizens are shot ny fellow Americans each year.
    Many analyze every little detail of sensational cases while remaining ignorant of just how huge the threat of domestic terrorism is compared to international terrorism.
    Once americans fully realize that it is our own citizens terrorizing US the most, we will all agree to allow the CIA to waterboard US...whatever it takes to clean US up.

    July 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I have every hope that these children will be found, safe and sound.
    I have no other insight to give than my good wishes,

    July 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Let me rephrase this for the reading impaired:
      I have no insight as to how these girls can be found, or helpful tips to law inforcement, other than my good wishes that these children are found as quickly as possible.
      Hindsight isn't very helpful to the case at hand.

      July 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elaine

    JUDY! do u have a personal email,

    July 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    I, on the other hand, DO have some insight and experience in this area.
    Only parents with altered minds do not look-after their own children with the same ferocity of a mother Grizzly Bear.
    If you would like to see a live demonstration, give mama Grizzly some xanax or any of a plethora of antidepressants. See how well she defends her cubs after being drugged down.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    According to the Department of Justice, over 180,000 children are still missing from last year, with about the same nuber never being found in precious years.
    And you still hope they will be found? What could we do with that many children if we found them? Put 'em up for abortion...err, adoption?

    July 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What are *you* suggesting?
      That they be rounded up in one of your ghettos that you are so fond of speaking about?
      And YES, I hope each and every missing child is don't??

      July 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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