Tuesday 12PM Update: FBI Spokesperson Says No New Information in Search for Missing Girls

KCRG/Gazette/Courier Staff Reports


By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa - FBI spokesperson Sandy Breault of the Omaha office on Tuesday reported no new developments in the case of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

Investigators continue to request the public's help from anyone that was around Meyers Lake on Friday July 13th. Officials have not located a paddleboater seen on the lake between 12-1pm on the 13th. He is not a suspect but may have information authorities want.

Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, of Waterloo, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, of Evansdale, disappeared July 13, their bikes and a purse found on the south side of Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Law enforcement officials recently classified the disappearances as an abduction after searching and partially draining the lake.

Authorities said the girls have been abducted, but on Saturday said they have reason to believe the two girls are still alive.

Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Abben declined to spell out the reasoning behind the statement that the girls are believed to still be alive.

“We certainly would like to think that. We have nothing to indicate that they are not. We want to keep hopes up and for the family to keep the hope up, but there’s nothing to indicate that there’s anything other than that,” Abben said.

Authorities continue to ask that anyone who may have seen the girls on July 13, or were at Meyer’s Lake that day, call the tipline at (319) 232-6682 to share the information.

“Someone has to know something, so we are just asking people to come forward and let us know what they know,” Abben said.


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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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