FBI Investigators Return to Meyers Lake in Search for Missing Girls

KCRG/Gazette/Courier Staff Reports

Authorities continue to search Meyers Lake in Evansdale on Friday, July 20, 2012 for 10-year-old Lyrica Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins, who have been missing since July 13. The FBI was bringing a dive team and sonar to search the lake on Friday. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)


By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa - FBI officials returned to Meyers Lake Friday to follow up on a lead in the search for two cousins who have been missing for three weeks.

Sandra Breault, spokeswoman for the FBI, confirmed authorities were near the lake in Evansdale. She said the search yielded "no positive results."

Authorities were not searching the lake itself, but instead in a wooded area near the lake, said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock.

Authorities are looking for Elizabeth Collins, 9, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, who have been missing since Friday, July 13. Authorities have classified the case as an abduction.

The girls' bicycles were recovered at Meyers Lake by a local firefighter at 4 p.m. on July 13. The girls were last seen riding their bicycles in downtown Evansdale at 12:15 p.m.

In the days following the search, FBI bloodhounds also indicated the girls' scent was in the area near Meyers Lake.

Meyers Lake has been searched by volunteers, local officials and the FBI. The lake was also partially drained before the FBI sent in a special dive team to search the waters.

Authorities said they are confident the girls are not in Meyers Lake.


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Authorities are asking anyone who has any information on the case to call the tip line, at 319-232-6682 or send an e-mail to ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.us.

A reward of $150,000 has been established for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


Friday, July 13, 2012
  • 2:48PM Cousins Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins are reported missing      
  • 2:50PM Law enforcement begin searching the girls
  • 4PM Firefighters find the girls’ bike at Meyers Lake
  • 4:30PM Search of Meyers Lake begins
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