Memorial Service Held for Lyric Cook

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa — A memorial service was held Friday for Lyric Cook, one of two girls who disappeared from Evansdale in July 2012.

Lyric and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, disappeared from Evansdale last July leading to a national manhunt. Authorities have yet to make an arrest in their disappearance and death.

Wilma Cook, Lyric’s grandmother, said the service came at the insistence of Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrissey. He made the request three weeks ago and he was released from jail for the service.

Daniel Morrissey entered guilty pleas to seven meth and marijuana felonies in March in Black Hawk County District Court. Morrissey’s drug charges stemmed from three cases and included possession of meth and marijuana with intent to deliver, conspiracy to manufacture meth, possession of meth and marijuana and possession of lithium and pseudophedrine with intent to make meth. Sentencing will be at a later date. At the maximum, with all of the charges running concurrent with enhancements, Morrissey faces 235 years with a 57-year mandatory minimum before he is eligible for parole.

Heather Collins, Elizabeth Collins’ mother, said a public burial service for her daughter will be held May 4 at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. She said in an online post that the service will be part of the healing process.

Funds are being raised for a permanent memorial for the girls. The park at Meyers Lake will be called Angels Park, and an adjacent lakeside trail will be called Trail of Angels.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.
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