Tuesday 3PM Update: Lyric's Parents Remain Hopeful; Believe Girls Are Not in Meyers Lake

KCRG/Gazette/Courier Staff Reports

Misty Cook-Morrissey, left, and Dan Morrissey given press interviews Tuesday, July 17, 2012, about their daughter Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, who has been missing since Friday, July 13, 2012. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)


By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Family members of the two missing girls in Evansdale continue to "try and stay positive" as the search presses on for Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, which now is in its fourth day.

Misty Morrissey, mother of Lyric, says as the days go by, things only gets harder.

"Right now we are pretty emotional, pretty sad," Morrissey said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon. "But we believe that God is going to bring a resolution to this."

Law enforcement taped off much of Meyers Lake early Tuesday afternoon, as the current draining of the lake continues in search of resolving the mystery that surrounds the girls' disappearance since last Friday.

Daniel Morrissey, Lyric's father, said his daughter is a fair swimmer and doubts the possibility of a drowning.

"I don't think that they are in the lake, not at all, it's a dead end as far as we know," said Daniel.

Family members say they have their doubts, but still have no guesses as to the true whereabouts of the girls.

"We have no theories," Misty said. "Trying to remain positive, we have no idea. We are pretty confident that they aren't around here."

Despite any frustration the family feels towards the search, Misty claims they are aware and appreciate all the efforts put forth by the law enforcement in the search to find their daughter and niece.

"They are the professionals, they know what they are doing, they've got their processes, they have experience, so we trust that they are doing anything they can," said Misty.

Officials said that the search expanded further into Black Hawk County on Thursday, with K9 units from various agencies, including the FBI units scanning the area for any trace of a scent.

Any updates will be made during a press conference at 4 p.m.


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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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