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. Case of 180,000 missing children

    When will we see this headline? When will even one TV talking head quote Dept. of Justice stats that show how HUGE this problem is, rather than sensationalizing a few isolated events?
    Like on theatre shooting where 12 were murdered. What of the dozens of murders that happen each night, every night, 365 days a year in the US?
    Yes. I do believe that US TROOPS SHOULD BE SECURING OUR OWN INNER CITIES BEFORE SECURING Israel or anyone elses city.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @Case of 180,000 missing children@Philip
    Not far off the mark. Things have been deteriorating here to a point where your comments become relevant.
    Of course we all want those missing children found and get down to the roots of this problem.
    Look inwards

    July 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I agree we need to fix what's broken here, before we start our wagons circling around other nations, saywhat.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Antonio

    wow that's messed up !

    July 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I'd be very careful if I were you right now, Philip.
    My children have never been on anti-depressants, and I was on them for only a short time after my son committed suicide.
    In fact, there is not one parent I am acquainted with, (and I would venture to say that I know MANY more than you) has their child on anti-depressants.
    Again, I caution you to be very careful right now, you crossed a line again, and it is ugly.
    I am much, MUCH more informed than you give me credit for; you have stated publicly that you resent me and everything I say, therefore I would expect nothing less than you bringing up a painful event.
    Please notice my second sentence, for I am telling you for the LAST time that my children were/are not drugged, and to find someone else to hold up as the object of ridicule in your "lessons".

    July 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      banz I have battled depression on and off for a long time with the occasional suicide bout. Whether or not a person is on meds is irrelevant. Please start ignoring the ignorance. it's not worth it mama.

      July 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Thank you, Jay jay; that is awfully nice of you to say.
      You're a decent man, and we need more people like you around.
      Thanks again!

      July 22, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @saywhat...I can't seem to get my replies to post. See ya later. ūüôā

    July 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You should absolutely be ashamed of yourself.

      July 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Also, projecting your own childhood on others is completely and utterly unfair to those who have raised their children with a loving spouse, in a loving manner.
    I am so, so sorry for what you went through; but please, stop thinking that yours was the norm for mine.
    It wasn't, and isn't.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I would agree with you, there; I don't know of any parents who do that, though.
    And, as I stated previously, I know *many* parents.
    That there are parents who do that, I do not doubt; I just don't know of any.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Better than *me* or just a parents in general?
    I will state this one last time:
    My children have never been on mind-altering drugs.
    Any implication on your part that I have will be dealt with in the way I deal with all rumor mongers and people who would cast aspersions on families they do not know.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Calling ALL parents, not just the one. And then there's 'if the shoe fits, wear it'. In that case, take it personal.
    America's love affair with prescription mind altering pharmaceuticals are at the root of what ails US. Not guns, not racism, and not international terrorism.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I take it personally, because you have spread lies about me before, and continue to do so.
      It isn't a case of "if the shoe fits"; it's a case of Philip trying to hurt banasy once again.
      Plain and simple.
      When one starts believing the lies he has manufactured about others, he is showing depraved indifference to another's feelings.
      This person was being deliberately cruel, and continues to do so.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Stay

    I have been around children publicly for twenty years. I drive a school bus . In the mean time i have raised 3 of my own. I tell you both honestly, there are children who just need discipline, and others who need more. Parents should listen and observe from how their children behave around others. And pay attention to their actions. Some need more than parents alone can provide. Odds are that young man who shot all those people showed signs before but no one acted on them. Not his parents or his friends, doctors, or teachers. Mental illness is a disease. And it can be treated.
    I have a daughter 26. She is bypolar. My aunt was too. She had alot of issues when i finally accepted the problem. Got the right help. And now she's a very happy mother of a wonderful boy. She's still on her meds. But before i made the decision as her mother that there was more to this than just disciplinary problems she was alot worse. I hope this helps. I never thought 15yrs ago i could see her this happy. She's an awesome mom, holds a part time job and i couldn't be more proud. But without the meds. she would never have made a life for herself like this one.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    You are the living example of what a good mother does, and that the meds are working as they are designed to do.
    I applaud you for speaking up and sharing your story; if there were more caring parents like you, who only have their child's welfare and well-being at heart, the world would be a much better place...
    I am in no way anti-meds; if used in the way they are intended, the benefits are immeasurable, as you have shown with your story.

    Congratulations, Grandma!

    I simply take exception to another poster who would use my son's death for his own pleasurable gain.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeana jones

    Looks like the girls were abducted. Mom and dad need to hush and help police instead if mouthing off.

    July 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I took Prozac after his death to deal with the situation depression I was experiencing.
    Odd that you would be so interestewd in my pain, but that is the way you are wired.
    He exhibited absolutely no signs of depression, and to this day I wonder why he did what he did.
    I do know, however, that it is something that HE did, and he owns it.
    Your implications of my mothering skills are as ugly as your soul.
    Stop it, for your true colors are showing.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crazy_Town

      You are a very strong individual and mother. Keep your head up and don't mind what negative people say bother you.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    OMG!!! @ Philip! You have to be the MOST DES PI CABLE person on the planet to say such atrocious things to another human being, much less one who used to be your friend? And im thinkin she aint half as fat as that foul tongue you keep trippin over!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    And I am past tired of your implication that every family is as twisted, sick, and dysfunctional as yours was/is.
    Stop projecting your own behavior on everyone else, bewcause it does a disservice to decent families everywhere.
    I am a very good parent; sorry you're not.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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