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

By Chris Earl, Reporter


By KCRG Intern

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 in Meyers Lake,” said Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben in a Friday afternoon news conference. “This case is now being handled as an abduction.”

FBI search teams spent several hours at Meyers Lake before the boats and crews left the area just after 2 p.m. Friday.

Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, were last seen on Friday afternoon on their bikes in downtown Evansdale. Hours later, investigators discovered their bikes near the southeast edge of Meyers Lake, close to Interstate 380.

By 5 p.m. on Friday, a deputy was removing the yellow police tape that surrounded the northern edge of Meyers Lake.

“There will be less of a police presence there and they’ve stopped draining the lake,” said Abben.

Abben did say investigators have collected evidence in the disappearance of the girls but would not specify what the evidence is or where it will lead investigators. He said they have “no suspects at this time” but are still asking for 100% cooperation in the case.

On Friday evening, about 100 people returned to the boat launch at Meyers Lake for a vigil for the missing girls. Misty Cook-Morrissey, Lyric’s mother, prayed and spoke at the gathering for about thirty minutes. Cook-Morrissey acknowledged her criminal history, including the time she served in prison on drug charges. She also encouraged people at the vigil to contact her but said the FBI had her cell phone.

In an off-camera interview after the vigil, Cook-Morrisey said that she was not surprised the case is now considered an abduction.

Throughout Friday afternoon, a steady stream of visitors came to Meyers Lake, some leaving signs and others wearing pink t-shirts with the names of the missing girls printed on them.

“I feel bad for them and I’m Lyric’s age and it would be scary for me to go through that and I just want to show my support,” said Arial Miller, 11, of Story City, as she left a large sign of encouragement that the girls will be found alive.

On the park’s playground, Brooke Schrage, a Waterloo mother of two little girls, talked about why she was at Meyers Lake on this particular day.

“We just came out to look and the girls question a lot, ‘have they found them yet?’, so we actually just decided to drive out here and we knew the dive team was out here and I’m curious to see what’s going on,” said Schrage.
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