Feds to Drop Petition Against Misty Morrissey

KCRG/Courier/Associated Press Staff Reports

Misty and Dan Morrissey speak to the media near Meyers Lake where their daughter Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, disappeared last Friday, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. The girls' bikes were found Friday afternoon near a bike trail at the edge of the lake. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Ellen Kurt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A hearing for a Waterloo woman on a federal supervised release violation set for Wednesday morning in Cedar Rapids was cancelled because prosecutors changed their mind about revoking her supervised release.

A prosecutor filed a document under seal Wednesday seeking to dismiss the petition.

Misty Cook-Morrissey was in the courthouse Wednesday before she knew the hearing was cancelled.

Cook-Morrissey is the mother of Lyric Cook, the 11-year-old who disappeared with her cousin near Meyers Lake in Evansdale July 13. The family marked a four month anniversary of the disappearance Tuesday night.

Cook-Morrissey pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in 2003. She spent four years in federal prison and was also given five years of supervised release. Federal Judge Linda Reade ordered Cook-Morrissey to serve an additional five months in custody and another year of supervised release last year for unspecified violations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan and Cook-Morrissey's attorney did not comment on why the hearing was cancelled.

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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.



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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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