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Saturday 3PM Update: Authorities Hold Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire FBI press conference with the media that took place at 3PM on Saturday, July 21, 2012.... Read More »

Saturday 10AM Update: Walkers, Runners in 'Wave of Pink' Support Missing Girls, Families

WATERLOO, Iowa - A community waiting for some word of what happened to missing girls Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey found a way to take action Saturday morning. A wave of pink-clad runners... Read More »

Friday 10PM Update: Friends, Family Hold Vigil For Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa – As the search for two missing girls reaches a full week, investigators say the girls are not where they left their bikes on July 13. “Investigators are confident the two girls are not... Read More »

Friday 6PM Update: Authorities Now Calling Missing Girls Case An Abduction

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Law enforcement authorities turned the week-old mystery into two missing little girls into a criminal matter. Black Hawk County Sheriff's Captain Rick Abben announced Friday afternoon... Read More »

Friday 4PM Update: Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Friday, July 20, 2012, when authorities announced they would now treat this case as an abduction.... Read More »

Friday 12PM Update: FBI Divers Search Lake, Car Searches Underway As Search for Missing Girls Continues

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities are gearing up for another day on Meyers Lake today as the search hit the one-week mark for missing cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8. A large FBI... Read More »

Friday 11:30AM Update: Judge Puts Dad of Missing Evansdale Girl Under Supervision

WATERLOO, Iowa - A judge has placed the father of a missing girl under supervision in connection with a pending drug trial. The court has also modified a no-contact order to keep him apart from his wife,... Read More »

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

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... Read More »

Thursday 9PM Update: Vigil Held for Missing Evansdale Girls

WATERLOO, Iowa - Community members gathered with the families of both Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey for a prayer vigil at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Waterloo.

Thursday 6PM Update: Attorney Tells Girl's Parents to Remain Silent; Authorities Call Move A "Distraction"

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Law enforcement officials said Thursday they were aware of Misty and Dan Morrissey's criminal history the day the two girls were reported missing. Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office... Read More »

Thursday 4PM Update: Authorities Hold Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Thursday, July 19, 2012.... Read More »

Thursday 9PM Update: Observers At Lake ‘Somber’ As Search for Missing Girls Continues

EVANSDALE, Iowa - “Somber” is the word John Johnson of Waverly used to describe the atmosphere surrounding Meyers Lake on Thursday, as the search for Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, pushed into... Read More »

Charity Walk for Missing Girls Planned

WATERLOO, Iowa - A fun run/walk charity event for the families of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. The race starts at the RiverLoop Amphitheater & Expo Plaza,... Read More »

Thursday 1PM Update: Attorney Advises Parents of Missing Girl to Remain Silent

EVANSDALE, Iowa - An attorney has advised Misty and Dan Morrissey against talking with the police or media according to Misty Morrissey's sister. Tammy Brousseau, Misty's Morrissey's sister, said Thursday... Read More »

Thursday 12PM Update: FBI Asks Officials To Stop Draining Meyers Lake

EVANSDALE, Iowa -- Efforts to drain Meyers Lake to aid in the search for two missing girls have come to a halt at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is sending a dive team to search... Read More »

Thursday 7PM Update: Counselors Available at Kingsley, Poyner Schools

WATERLOO, Iowa - School counselors will be available Monday to support and address concerns of students after two girls disappeared last week. Counselors will be at Kingsley Elementary School from 10... Read More »

Thursday 8AM Update: Missing Cousins' Family Feels Police Are Scrutinizing Them

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The family of two girls missing from Evansdale hope investigators can continue to focus on finding the cousins and not worry too much about some family members' past. "There is history... Read More »

Wednesday 10PM Update: As Search for Missing Girls Continues, Petition Surfaces About Area Security

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Black Hawk County law enforcement expect Meyers Lake to be empty sometime on Friday. The hope is to finally answer at least one of many questions surrounding the disappearance of two... Read More »

Wednesday 5PM Update: Day 6 of Search for Missing Girls: No Plan to Scale Back Search

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities searching for two missing cousins said Wednesday that they have hunted for clues in a landfill and were summoning heavy equipment to more closely examine a northeast... Read More »

Wednesday 4PM Update: Authorities Hold Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2012....... Read More »

Wednesday 2PM Update: FBI Dive Team May Join Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) An FBI dive team from Los Angeles may join other law enforcement officers investigating the disappearance of two young cousins in northeast Iowa, an agency spokeswoman said Wednesday. Elizabeth... Read More »

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,... Read More »

Wednesday 12PM Update: Authorities Search Landfill for Clues About Lyric and & Elizabeth

EVANSDALE, Iowa - As the search for Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, enters its sixth day, law enforcement agencies continue to leave no stone unturned while seeking out clues... Read More »

Wednesday 11AM Update: U.S. Representative Seeking FBI Assistance in Missing Girls Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley plans to make a direct request to the FBI director to provide “all assistance available” to the search for two missing Evansdale girls. Braley, who mentioned... Read More »

Wednesday 6AM Update: Time Passes But Families, Community Holds Out Hope

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Wednesday marks day six in the disappearance case of two Eastern Iowa girls. Lyric Cook, 10, and her cousin Elizabeth Collins, 8, went missing on Friday. Their bikes were found at Meyers... Read More »


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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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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