Saturday 5PM Update: Mother Fears Girls May Have Been Abducted

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

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By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa — The mother of a missing Waterloo girl thinks her daughter and the daughter’s younger cousin were abducted.

Misty Cook Morrissey on Saturday morning said it’s out of character for her daughter, Lyric Cook, 10, to wander too far away from home. Lyric often stays at the home of her 8-year-old cousin, Elizabeth Collins, in Evansdale while Misty is at work.

In the care of their grandmother, Wylma Cook, the girls went bike riding Friday morning. They were last seen at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Evansdale.

The girls’ bikes were located along the bike trail on the southeast corner of Meyers Lake. No trace of the youngsters was found, law enforcement officials say. Family, friends, community volunteers have been searching since about 2 p.m. Friday to no avail.

“I think they were taken,” Misty said as more than 150 volunteers and emergency personnel gathered at the Evansdale Community Response Center at about 8 a.m. to resume the search for the girls.

“I’m so glad these people are here,” she continued. “I do think everything is being done that can be. We’ll continue to pray; we believe and we wait for God (to help).”

Family called police shortly before 3 p.m. Friday after searching themselves for one hour, officials said.

An extensive ground, air and water search in Evansdale and surrounding areas since Friday afternoon and overnight has turned up nothing. Boats dragged the bottom of Meyers Lake and divers have searched, as well. Police did a door-to-door search Friday, and all wooded areas in the city were combed.

Today, searchers are concentrating on Deerwood Park and along the banks of the Cedar River. Special K-9 search and rescue units have joined the effort.

At this point, Evansdale Police and Fire Chief Kent Smock said its a missing-persons case. He’s not ready to call it an abduction, but he isn’t ruling out the possibility.

“We’re concerned absolutely because of the length of time. We know it’s out-of-character for these girls (to wander off), Smock said.

“Because we don’t know what happened and it’s been 18 hours since we’ve last seen them, we’re not taking this lightly,” he added. “We’ll be very diligent until we find them.”

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these two missing girls or having seen these two girls is asked to call the Evansdale Police Department at (319) 232-6682.

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