Families of Missing Cousins Struggle With Worry

Drew Collins and Heather Collins parents of missing child Elizabeth Collins, 8, talk about the the community support they received since their daughter Elizabeth and nice Lyric Cook-Morrissey when missing 13 days ago, during an interview Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. The girls went missing after they went for a bike ride in Evansdale. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)


By Lauren Peikoff

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Family members of two missing Iowa girls are struggling with the unknowns while law enforcement continues searching for the young cousins.

The Des Moines Register reports that life is far from normal for the families of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook. The girls were last seen taking a bike ride in Evansdale on July 13.

Marsha Gilmer-Tullis with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the uncertainty about what happened to a missing child can be unbearable for families. Most of the 800,000 U.S. children reported missing each year are found quickly.

Elizabeth Collins' mother, Heather Collins, says she sits up at night hoping a police car will drive up with her daughter.

Dan Morrissey, father of Lyric Cook, says he struggles with the unknowns.


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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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