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. =

    Iowa needs to shake down their drug community pretty hard.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    There are children in Tibet that walk over 10 miles to scholl w/o an escort. Try that in ANY city USA and the child, while being safer than if at an US church, has a 50/50 chance of making it to school unscathed.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Not me @ 10:16
      Bye all
      This has gone well beyond my limits

      July 22, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Shmo

      acourse a troll has more heart than you we all knew that

      July 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Which means i have everyone of YOUR previous posts before they were deleted on file! You still gonna play dumb?? Alot of people saw them besides me, you gonna try and weasel out of that? You cant! You are a rotten person through and through and SOS!

    July 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Philip. If you could somehow steer clear away from the idea that I’m speaking of you when I post stats (such as there are 797 registered s*x offenders in Colorado Springs and *many* more unregistered) we might just get along.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    At 53, I am not old.
    Unless, of course, one is obsessed with young people...
    Please stop the name calling.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    We hear you Jay Jay, but at least they deleted the other nasty little tidbits! The slanderous ones that a certain someone COULD be prosecuted for! Which i just found out can REALLY happen.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      With all respect, Sunnt, I end it; I don't start it.
      Attacking me online is the only way he can get to me.

      July 22, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      There u r shiester! I comment silly goose. That's not slander. I recall that one amendment. What is it called?

      July 22, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      oh yea now I remember. The One that says I have a right to free speech. The one that says that I have every right to give my side of a story, whether be child disappearances to the current POTUS policies.

      July 22, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sunny

    I am not trying to be rude, but why don't banansy and Philip take their arguing somewhere else. That is just disrespectful to what this post is supposed to be about. Can we stick to the issue here... Not that what you've said isn't important, but all the name-calling and airing of personal issues uncalled for.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea

      I agree with Sunny. How disrespectful! I hope the little girls are found alive and well!

      July 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leoni

      I read the whole thing and I disagree....disrespectful or not to y'all, banasyc commented on the story and philip starts in as he always does. That's what he does. Who cares about them, anyway? I hope those girls are found! Soon!

      July 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shutter

    It sounds like the girls go into a boat. Did the dogs search the other side of the lake? If they got on a boat they had to get off the boat.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ Jay Jay, i was not talking about you on my slander comment. I meant the personal slanderous things philip posted about banasy that have sense been deleted!

    July 22, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    oops *since* i meant.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    I have 2 theories.. they were either abducted by a pedofile or a relative (someone who knew they were out and about playing together at that exact moment)

    July 22, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Moss

      I agree- abductor must have known they were at the lake and knew them and they knew the abductor or abductors

      July 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ~~~

    Iowa: Clean up your drug problem.

    July 22, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • kpete

      Wow, really? You're going to pull the drug card on Iowa? Pathetic.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shmo

    of course we knew it wasn't you. you would never be that nice. only a troll would be that nice.

    July 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. eqe

    This was my first time on this site and there were more negative comments from people than a high school restroom stall. Wonder why this country is falling a part. What happened to respect for one another. If people stop using the words freedom of speech and try thinking before they speak or write we wouldn't have a world of heartless people. FYI nothing is ever free and until you understand that we as Americans have a long way to go. Now for what matters the most lets pray that these little girls are found to give closer to their families. They are loved not only by their families but by a nation and we want them found.

    July 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*raven

    All of this bickering amongst one another is totally useless the one fact remains is that these two beautiful little innocent girls are missing and prayers and much needed hope should be thought about instead of all of these verbal attacks. As a mother of two daughters i can only imagine what heartache and sadness that these two ladies must be suffering over their little angels . My heartfelt prayers are with you

    July 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
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