Elizabeth Collins, 8 (left) – Lyric Cook, 10 (right)
LATEST UPDATE: 12/06/12 – ‘Our nightmare of not knowing is over’: Mothers’ agony as hunters find bodies of missing cousins who disappeared five months ago while riding their bikes
- Investigators have held on to hope that Lyric Cook, 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, were alive
- Grainy video showed the girls riding by on their bicycles on the day that they vanished in Evansdale, Iowa
- Young cousins were last seen on July 13
The mothers of the girls who went missing while riding their bikes in July have spoken of their agony after the discovery of their dead bodies, and said the only comfort is the nightmare of not knowing where the children are is over.
Hunters discovered the bodies of Lyric Cook, 11, and nine-year-old Elizabeth Collins, from Eastern Iowa, in a wooded area yesterday after they vanished on July 13 near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Elizabeth’s mother Heather Collins posted a statement on her Facebook page late last night: ‘We have been so blessed by the outpouring of all the prayers and support tonight with the gut wrenching news that my beautiful daughter and niece’s bodies were found by hunters today.
Like sisters: The girls, pictured in 2009, would often spend the day together when Lyric’s mother was at work and were very close
The bodies of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey were found by hunters on Yesterday December 4, 2012
‘This was (not) the outcome we wanted but we know that they are up in Heaven with our Savior and our nightmare of where they are and what is happening to them has been answered.
‘Lord, we know that you have them in your loving arms and we are so blessed for that.’
The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies.
Captain Abben who has been leading the investigation, said the nearly five-month-old case has been very difficult for the families, the community and law enforcement officers, too.
He said: ‘It is definitely not the outcome we wanted. Numerous officers from many, many jurisdictions have worked on this case around the clock since the 13th of July, when we were notified of this.
‘This is a difficult thing for us to go through; a difficult thing for the people of the community.’
Discovery of the two bodies came on Day 145 of the girls’ disappearance.
Abben says the area where the bodies were found is still being processed.
The girls were last seen leaving from their grandmother’s house on their bikes.
The grandmother, Wylma Cook, has said Lyric knew not to go far because the girls planned to leave for the home they shared in nearby Waterloo with Lyric’s mother, Misty Morrissey, by 1:30pm.
She said that she expected the girls to return for lunch or a drink of water or juice as they always did when they were playing in the heat.
Published: 09/05/12 – Did Missing Iowa Girl’s Cause Mass Panic?
→ After missing Iowa girls Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins vanished from Evansdale, attempted abduction reports seemed to increase drastically. While law enforcement in the area treat each and every report thoroughly and honestly, is it possible that some of them are just the resort of mass panic? It’s likely that many attempts are stories made up either by the children or the people calling — as this sometimes happens when cases become high-profile. High profile missing persons and unsolved homicide cases sometimes attract strange individuals, and that’s an understatement.
After the two missing Iowa girls became a national news story, at least two reports of creeps in vans attempting the abduction of children. In each case the children were able to run free and tell their parents all about it. This could be brought on by the common knowledge this case has shared of a van driver being questioned in regards to Lyric’s and Elizabeth’s disappearance. However, it’s equally possible that there is a van driving child predator lurking about the neighborhoods throughout the state.
There haven’t been any investigative updates in this tragic case, which is making it hard to foresee a positive ending. The case is approaching its two-month-mark soon, but will detectives bring news to the public regarding the possible whereabouts of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook? There are also no updates regarding the recent hospitalization of the mother of Lyric Cook, who recently appeared to overdose on medication.
08/15/12 – Missing Iowa Girls Not The Only Children in Family to Vanish – http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981546919
09/11/12 – Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls
07/30/12 – Missing Iowa Girls May Be Alive & Mysterious Boater May Know Something
Some hopeful news on a day that everyone is talking about children being shot in movie theaters and abused by football coaches. Investigators think the two missing cousins from Iowa are still alive! The girls’ bodies are not in the lake, and the case has been officially classified an “abduction.” But what exactly did they find or discover that makes them think that? You almost never hear investigators say they believe that an abducted child is still alive after almost a week later. There is definitely something up here, a twist is coming that we don’t expect, I can feel it. Could the mysterious person in the paddle boat on the lake possibly hold the key?
Police are looking to interview someone who was paddleboating on the lake at the time the girls vanished. He or she is not necessarily a suspect, but police obviously think he may have seen something. I wonder if this has some connection to the “object” near the shore bagged as evidence that everyone made a big deal about.
Late last week it appeared as if the parents might have had something to do with the girls’ disappearance, as they were reportedly not cooperating with police. Dan Morrissey and Misty Cook-Morrissey, Lyric’s parents, have both served time in jail over drug charges, and Dan has a history of domestic violence. But Misty Cook-Morrissey apparently submitted to a lengthy lie detector test today and is telling everyone she passed. Dan is also currently off the hot seat for now, though he’s being watched closely.
It can’t be that difficult to track down people in the area who have paddle boats. I’m sure investigators are scouring the county as we speak. Another theory could be the disappearances are linked to the parents’ drug past. Or, maybe someone the girls knew took them.
The case is so wide open right now that any scenario is possible. In the end it really doesn’t matter what it is as long as the girls are found safe and unharmed, and let’s hope that happens very soon.
Video footage has emerged of two Iowa cousins who went missing on Friday, July 13.
ABC News has obtained the footage of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her 10-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook, riding their bikes on the same day they went missing. It lasts just a few seconds.
“It looked kind of grainy, I mean just zoom they were by the thing and so it’s very hard to really make much out of the thing,” Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said. “The girls were less than a block from the house when this camera captured them riding by, important to note they were riding away from Meyers Lake.”
Investigators are examining the footage for clues that could lead to the discovery of the missing girls who, authorities say, were abducted twelve days ago after riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
The children’s grandmother, who was babysitting the cousins when they disappeared, told the AP she has no idea how they ended up across town by a lake.
Earlier this week, ABC reported that the families of the two cousins remain hopeful.
“They told us they do have a couple of leads and that is it. Anything is hopeful,” Heather Collins told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.
On Saturday, the AP reported that authorities still believe the girls are alive.
“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said. “We are urging anyone with information to come forward. Any information, as insignificant as it may seem, could be vital to this investigation.”
Cook’s parents, Misty and Daniel Morrissey, have criminal records relating to methamphetamine, and Daniel Morrissey has been eyed by family members as a suspect in the girls’ disappearance.
Saturday July 21, 2012 – Iowa Cousins Case Now Considered Abduction
Monday July 23, 2012 – FBI Believes Missing Iowa Girls are Still Alive
Thursday July 26, 2012 – Surveillance footage Found of Missing Cousins
Sunday August 11, 2012 – Vigil for Missing Iowa Girls