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. chrissy

    And Philip, how DARE you assume just because youre a *recovering*(and im thinking active would be more correct) drug addict that everyone else is too! Bet your bible bursts into flames everytime you look at it! You are EVIL and TWISTED!

    July 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I know of no rehab center that eschews one substance but advocates use of another, chrissy...

      July 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Happy now, Schaedenfreude?
    Bet you are.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Manny

    You are not trying to say that banasy is a bad mother, are you, Philip? She has exibited none of the traits that you yourself has. Shame on you for your unkind portrayal of a woman who has endured what no mother should. I suggest a trip to the psych ward to figure out where your own life went wrong before you try to diagnose others who you have no knowledge of.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern mom

      Oh Manny
      Please don't get him started down that road again. We all have listened to it for a long, long time.

      July 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Bless you Manny! And yes she is, as well as just a kind and caring person all the way around. Everything that Philip is not, thank GOD! He is a bitter man towards women in particular. Probably cuz his ex ran away with his daughter. Thank GOD for that too!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    @Philip, those remarks are reprehensible. When a person chooses to take their own life it is their choice and it happens in every type of family unit. The ones that remain become the victims and think that there was something that they could have done or should have done. The answer is there isn't a thing that a person could have done. I am not going to name the blogger that you just attacked because you opened up a scar for her that may never heal. Don't inflict that pain on anyone ever again.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I will say this:
    One of the biggest mistakes I have ever made was reaching out and befriended him.
    I will regret *that* decision to my dying day, and I don't have many regrets at all about past decisions.
    That was one of the biggest lapses of judgement I have ever had.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    When will parents, no matter where you live in this country ever learn you cannot leave children at least girls, under at least 16 years old unsupervised alone wanding out in the countryside or an urban area.How many times does this have to happen!!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lweba

      In my country which is in East Africa, girls are not supervised. They walk distances without supervision as they go to school which could be miles, go for errands and so on. There is something wrong with America. Pedophiles, muggers and a society which believes in guns, I wonder where America is heading to. These same Americans pretend to be more religious than their European counterparts!

      July 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LynnieMae

    People who live in the area where the girls were taken: listen up, you could save a life. People who do this kind of thing are typically men of the same race, in their 20s or 30, who probably strike others as a little strange, and may have taken a particular interest in other young girls in the past. But the most important thing to remember is that whoever did this likely disappeared unexpectedly for a day or two after these girls were taken. Is this ringing a bell? Then tell the police. What have you got to lose? You may save one or both of their lives, or at least bring some justice and closure to the family members of these girls, who are now going through hell. C'mon, don't think you couldn't know anyone who would do this. You might.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ banasy i also have that very same regret. I am ashamed that i didnt have the good sense to realize that he would ever be a good person to have as a friend. Regrets? You betcha! As for the drug thing, idk. Just sounds to me that something is off on that!

    July 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      @chrissy:
      Ik,r?
      I do know if that were happening in the rehabs around here, the offender would be kicked out of the program...(Which is sort of counter-productive, if you ask me...)

      July 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Manny, dazzle, thank you for your kind words.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Stop bringing my son up; it shows a diseased, depraved mind, and one who should not be talking about anyone's mental health.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I took Prozac after his death to deal with the situation depression I was experiencing.
    Odd that you would be so interested 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 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ Philip, do you REALLY think if you keep re-posting that its gonna make a difference? What is WRONG with you?? Are you that big of an egotrippinmaniac??

    July 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    I hate that they didn't treat it as an abduction from the start. Now all that time has been lost. Pray for the girls.

    July 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      They absolutely should have treated it as an abduction from the beginning, but the search party is a necessary part of any missing child case; they both should have been held in tandem.

      July 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cindy

    Well put Frank. I know these two precious girls families are in pain. I always walked my daughter wherever she went. I would have never allowed two girls of this age to go off on their own without my supervision for this very thing happening. My heart just breaks for these two precious girls.

    July 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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