Sunday 3PM Update: Law Enforcement Relying for Tips on Missing Girls

A poster with photos of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who disappeared in Evansdale last Friday, adorn a utility pole across from the entrance to Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa, Monday, July 16, 2012. Their bikes were found Friday afternoon near a bike trail at the edge of Meyers Lake in Evansdale. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Brandon Pollock)


By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Experts in child abduction cases say law enforcement officials will likely have to expand their search for two missing Iowa girls now that the cousins' disappearance is considered an abduction case.

But the experts say it's hard to tell exactly what's going on because law enforcement officials likely aren't disclosing everything they know about the disappearance of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

FBI officials said Saturday they are confident the girls are alive.

David Finkelhor is director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He says investigators may be more dependent on tips from the public now that it's considered an abduction.

Finkelhor says abductions by strangers are so rare that it's difficult to predict what might happen.


The Life & Love of Elizabeth Collins Celebration

Parents of Elizabeth Collins Speak to the Media on 12/13

Authorities Confident Remains Belong to Missing Girls

Authorities Announce Discovery of Two Bodies

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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

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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Updates in the Case


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