Wednesday 2PM Update: Missing Girl's Father Feels He's Being Treated Like Suspect
EVANSDALE, Iowa - Police in Evansdale said Tuesday that they have no evidence two missing girls were abducted, but tips are pouring in from across the country.
Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, disappeared on Friday afternoon.
Family members tell KCCI that the interrogation started with them.
"You tell them (detectives) the truth and they say, 'You're holding something back,' and you're not. What is left to talk about? You know, we go over and over and over again. It made me feel like, yeah, they're looking at me like a suspect," said Dan Morrissey, Lyric's father. "But as far as what I know, I know the truth, I know I am telling the truth, so it is offensive."
As Meyers Lake continued to drain and kayakers kept up their search, family members comforted Morrissey. Police are questioning the entire family, including his wife.
"(I was) polygraphed, questioned and interviewed, absolutely," Misty Cook-Morrissey said.
The Morrisseys said they don't have a lawyer and don't intend on getting one. Instead, they're spending their time at the lake and on national TV.
With questions coming from every direction, they said the ones from police seem to be the hardest.
"It's not normal to us; it's awkward. But we know it's part of the investigation and very necessary and they want to rule out everything, if it’s someone we've encountered over the years, so I understand that," Misty Cook-Morrissey said.
Lyric's paternal grandmother, Vicky Weikert, said she spent Tuesday afternoon staring at Meyers Lake, waiting for answers. Like the rest of the family, she said she believes the girls were abducted.
"The only thing that makes sense is that somebody has to have them. They're not in the woods or the lake; they didn't run away," Weikert said.
Morrissey said he's trying to focus on seeing his daughter again. All of the family members said they're relying on God to bring the girls home.
"It's weighing on everybody's hearts," Morrissey said.
"Honestly, it is very difficult and gets more difficult every day. And the reality that hours have passed and days have passed, you know that something is terribly wrong," Misty Cook-Morrissey said.
At least 30 FBI agents, along with K-9 units, have joined the search for the girls.
FBI dogs picked up the girls' scents near the lake where their bicycles were found, but they are not elaborating on what was found.
It could take another day or two before the lake is completely drained.
Authorities said on Tuesday that everyone is considered a suspect until they find something.
Law enforcement did not return calls seeking comment on Morrissey's claims that he feels like he's being treated like a suspect.
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