Tuesday 10PM Update: Day 5 Comes to an End, No New Clues in Missing Cousins Case

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

Buttons or offered at Creative Impact to help search efforts for Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)


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EVANSDALE, Iowa - The Cedar Valley is pressing on into day six of a desperate search for cousins 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

“Just imagine it’s your own child,” said Marty Dickey, Owner of Dickey’s Printing in Waterloo. “You don’t need to go farther than that.”

More than 300 people have ordered t-shirts with pictures of the missing girls. Online, Facebook and phone call orders are pouring in every hour.

Sadly, law enforcement reported no new information Tuesday. Black Hawk County Sheriff Chief Deputy Rick Abben described the investigation as somewhat “stalled”.

We know authorities used K9 dogs Monday night.

Lyric’s mother, Misty Cook-Morrissey, tells us the dogs picked up a trail on the girls and then used the dogs to sniff family members, possibly to rule out their scent in the surrounding area. However, Abben could not elaborate on that event Tuesday.

“I’m not able to discuss what the K9’s did just that they are an investigative tool being used to help us.”

The Sheriff’s department said they also processed the girls bikes found by Meyers Lake, but Abben could not say if they discovered any clues, finger prints or leads following that search.

“We’re pretty emotional, pretty sad,” said Cook-Morrissey.

Father Daniel Morrissey say they’re trusting local and federal authorities working their daughter’s case, but that doesn’t make the slow progress any less painful for the families involved.

“We’ve never gone through anything like this,” Morrissey said, “It’s hard enough just to get up and deal with the reality that your daughter is gone.”


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Tip Line

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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