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Monday 1PM Update: Authorities Looking for Meyers Lake Paddleboater, But Not As Suspect
KCRG/Gazette/Courier Staff Reports
EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities investigating the disappearance of two girls from Evansdale on July 13 said Monday that they want to interview a person who was paddleboating on the lake around the time the girls disappeared.
FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault told the Associated Press Monday that the person paddleboating, who has not voluntarily come forward, could help investigators learn what happened to the girls but was not considered a suspect. "They believe that person has information," she said. "They really do need to talk with the person."
Black Hawk County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben said last week that investigators were examining "every aspect" of the criminal histories of Cook-Morrissey and her estranged husband, Dan Morrissey, so that they do not overlook any possible leads. He said they were not suspects in the disappearance. But he acknowledged authorities sought a judge's order last week requiring Morrissey to submit to supervision by parole agents while he awaits trial on charges of making and dealing methamphetamine that carry the prospect of decades in prison.
Tammy Brousseau said her sister, Misty Cook-Morrissey, also went through a second polygraph test over the weekend after initially declining to do so. Brousseau said the couple had been advised earlier to stop cooperating with police after consulting with Waterloo attorney Tom Frerichs. He said Monday he was not representing the couple but could not comment on whether he'd had any discussions with them.
Brousseau said Cook-Morrissey agreed to Monday's test on the condition that a family member — she picked Morrissey — be present in the room. The FBI also promised that she would not face any accusatory interrogation, Brousseau added.
Breault and Abben didn't immediately return phone messages seeking comment on the polygraph tests.
The girls were last seen around 12:15 p.m. on July 13, riding their bikes in Evansdale. Their bikes and a purse were later found near Meyers Lake, a popular fishing and recreation area in the northeastern Iowa city of about 4,700 residents. A search involving hundreds of local residents failed to find the girls, and an FBI dive team using sonar equipment concluded last week the girls were not in the lake. Investigators said over the weekend they have reason to believe the girls are alive, and they are treating the case as abduction.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 319-232-6682.
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