Thursday 10PM Update: Nearly a Week Gone; No Sign of Lyric & Elizabeth

KCRG/Gazette/Courier Staff Reports


By Jay Knoll

EVANSDALE, Iowa - It's been nearly a week since the disappearance of two girls in the Cedar Valley.

On Thursday, investigators did not offer much, if any, new information about the disappearance of 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins. The cousins were last seen riding their bikes last Friday afternoon in Evansdale. Authorities later found those bikes near Meyers Lake.

That area has been the focus of the search. Dive teams with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are expected to arrive Thursday night. The team will use a sonar mapping system to search the depths of the lake. Divers are scheduled to start their search at 6 a.m. Friday. On Thursday, crews stopped draining the lake so divers have the necessary water to do their jobs.

"I'm being told this lake has some really deep pockets in it somewhere between 15 and 20 feet," said Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben. "If they need us to then drain the lake futher...if that's what they think needs to be done then we'll do it."

Meantime, the turmoil surrounding Lyric and Elizabeth's disappearance rages on.

"We know none of the family members did this it's frustrating to hear people make accusations when they don't know us personally," said Tammy Broussea, the girls' aunt.

Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, say they are no longer talking to the media, police or agreeing to polygraph tests. Family members say Dan Morrissey feels unfairly targeted by police based on his criminal past.

"It's a distraction for us, but we will continue to work the case - why they wish to do that I don't know. We're asking for 100 percent cooperation," said Abben

Lyric's family insist they do not think the girls are in Meyer's Lake.

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