Posts tagged ‘July 2012’

A Few Unsolved Homicides in Connecticut

Unsolved Connecticut Cold Cases

No Arrests in Murder of Mother of Two

Anne-Marie Caro had just turned 37 years old when a relative found her murdered in her home on Stafford Avenue in Mansfield. It was August 28th of 2005, and the former middle school teacher and mother of two school aged boys was last known to have returned from her job at a Home Depot in Manchester. The police have not named any suspects and it was determined that she had been strangled. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the state police at 860-886-6603. There is a fifty thousand dollar reward leading to information that will assist in the arrest and conviction of her murderer(s). All correspondence can remain confidential.

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What Happened to Billy Smolinski?

31-year-old William Smolinski was last seen around 3:45 pm at his residence at 130 Holly Street on August 24, 2004. The Waterbury man was last seen by a neighbor and asked that person to watch his dog. Smolinski indicated that he was going to leave for a period of three days. That was the last time he was seen. He left behind personal belongings such as his vehicle and wallet. Billy’s family have been actively looking for him and have placed fliers with his picture on them in the surrounding towns where he was last seen. There has been visual documentation of Billy’s ex-girlfriend ripping and vandalizing many of these posters. While she has not been named a suspect, she has filed a lawsuit against Smolinski family. If you have information concerning this case, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Haven at (203)777-6311. There is a fifteen thousand dollar reward.

Bill’s case was aired on a Few TV shows, his parents have a Facebook page dedicated to the disappearance of their son. They also have set up a fund in honor of Billy. For More information please click the link below.

For more information about this case, please click here

There is also an article by the Waterbury Observer about this case to view Click here.

More information regarding  William Smolinski below

Who would ever have thought that well-known Connecticut Defense Attorney John
Williams who defended Black Panthers as well as Puerto Rican Nationalist Group
Los Machetoros would go against Jan Smolinksi. It seems that Williams is hired
by the school busing company that employs Billy Smolinski’s former girlfriend.
The same ex-girlfriend who has been videotaped tearing down missing person
fliers of Billy. The same person who managed to get Jan Smolinski arrested by
Woodbridge Police. If Bill’s ex-girlfriend is not in any way responsible for his
disappearance, tearing down missing person fliers sure makes one look
suspicious. Now, the lawsuit also targets The Waterbury Observer and Billy’s
sister, Paula. It’s been alleged that Williams knows this case can’t be won but
that the legal fees alone could seriously financially damage the Smolinski
family and the Waterbury Observer newspaper. Williams has asked for a settlement
in what amounts to legalized extortion. John Williams had a final demand at
$25,000 for Billy’s ex-girlfriend and $5000 for B and B Transportation. And we
all know that Williams will be getting a nice cut out of it. According to the
Waterbury Observer a case could cost the paper and the Smolinski family anywhere
between fifty to a hundred thousand dollars. Wow. All just for hanging up a few
fliers. Well, John Williams, I guess going after a grandmother is much easier
than the police departments that help screw up this case to begin with….. If
you want to see John William’s website please visit here. You’ll
notice how the site mentions that Williams proudly defended Lorne Acquin who was
convicted of killing nine people in the worst mass murder case in Connecticut’s
history. For more information about this development in the Smolinski case Click
 Also please visit  Justice 4 Billy. To support and send well-wishes to the Smolinski Family.

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The Mystery of David Paul

January 2, 1988 was a cold, bitter day and while many people were busy recuperating from celebrating the New Year, a horrible death had just occurred. While walking along a wooden path in the southern part of Meriden, a woman thought she saw a little doll wrapped in pink and white blankets nestled against a tree in an empty company parking lot. As the woman approached closer she made the startlingly discovery that it was a dead 7 1/2 pound blue-eyed, blonde haired boy. The newly born infant had died from the extreme cold in a few short hours. The boy was given the name, David Paul by a pastor at a local church. The name means beloved little man. It’s been almost twenty years, since David Paul’s lifeless body was found. It is suspected that he was abandoned by a female (most likely his mother) and police are looking to find her. There is a 20,000 dollar reward being offered in this case. If you have any information about the death and abandonment of David Paul, please call the Meriden Police Department at 203-634-3784.

Reward Offered in Death of Woman Found Murdered in House

The State of Connecticut has a $25,000 reward for information leading the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the strangulation homicide of Dawn Delvecchio. The 39-year-old woman was a mother of two and was reported missing just days before her body was found in July 26, 2005. She had been staying at a house where she was house sitting. If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call the State Police at contact State Police at 800-842-0200.

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Murder in Greenwich – CT

Greenwich is well-known as one of the richest towns in the entire country. While the Martha Moxley murder has garnered national headlines because of the convicted murderer’s connection to the Kennedy family, there is a murder of a teenaged boy who has gone unsolved. In August 31st. 1984, Matthew Margolies was last seen heading towards the woods to go fishing. His family reported he was missing and five days later his body was found in a makeshift grave under a pile of leaves. He died of multiple stab wounds. A knife was found nearby, but his fishing rod was gone. His body had been found under some leaves with dirt shoved down his throat. There is a $50,000 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the 1984 murder of 13-year-old Matthew Margolies which occurred in the Glenville section of Greenwich, CT.

If you have information contact the Greenwich Police at 203-622-8000 or on the web at: Greenwich Police For more information about this case you can click on the link to a story by CourtTV.

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Who killed this Hartford Teenager?

UPDATE: On December 5, 2008, Pedro Miranda from New Britain, CT was arrested for the murder of Mayra Cruz, Rosa Valentin, and Carmen Lopez. Mayra’s case is officially SOLVED!

  On October 8, 1987, 13-year-old Mayra Cruz was last seen alive in the Asylum Hill Neighborhood of Hartford. She was a school bus stop and was seen by a witness getting into small yellow car with a young hispanic male estimated to be about 25 years old in the driver seat. A month later her lifeless body was found in a wooded area of East Windsor, a town more than fifteen miles away. She had been deceased for several weeks. The man she was last seen with was described as having dark hair which was long in the back and parted in the middle. His hair was short on the sides just above his ears.

If you have any information as to who may have killed Mayra Cruz please contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-543-8720.

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Information was obtained by CT Cold Case which is a website that list the names and faces of unsolved murder victims. Click the link for additional cases in the New England area. 

SOLVED: Woman In Coma IDENTIFIED As Shannon Wrench

Former boyfriend accused of trying to kill Florida’s ”Living Jane Doe” will be brought to FL; Click here for updated article.

AUGUST 12TH, 2012 UPDATE – Live Oak, Florida: New Details Emerge in Case of ICP Fan aka Jane Doe now known as Shannon Wrench: Article: A Rantoul, Illinois man was arrested Friday, 8/10/2012, for allegedly trying to kill his own girlfriend, who had been in a medically induced coma in a Florida hospital and unidentified for almost a month. Shawn P. O’Bryan (38/left) remained in the Champaign County Jail in Urbana, Illinois Saturday, held without bond on a warrant out of Suwannee County, Florida, for the attempted murder of Shannon M. Wrench (34/right) also of Rantoul. Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said it wasn’t until earlier this week that authorities even learned the identity of the severely injured Wrench through fingerprints.

Badly beaten, Wrench was found about 10 a.m. on Monday, July 16, on the side of a rural county road off U.S. 90 near Live Oak, Fla., which is in northern Florida about mid-way between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. “A passerby saw a leg protruding from bushes off the road. When the sheriff got there, they found who we now know to be Shannon Wrench, unconscious and not responsive about [30] feet off the roadway. She had no identification on her. She had a severe head injury and multiple abrasions and bruises,” said Beach, who has actively worked the case with Florida authorities since Wednesday.
Wrench was airlifted to a University of Florida hospital in Gainesville, Beach said, where medical authorities put her in a coma to assist her recovery while police set about trying to learn her identity. “They had no idea who she was. They submitted her fingerprints to AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and also put out flyers in the area trying to identify who she was. They didn’t have any luck. No one was able to identify her until Wednesday, Aug. 8, when they got the fingerprint results back,” said Beach. Learning she was from Rantoul, Suwannee County sheriff’s investigators contacted Beach Wednesday to see if Rantoul police had contact with her or her family members. Beach learned that in May, Wrench had been involved in a traffic stop in Rantoul in a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle. They also found the name of a former boyfriend of hers through a separate police contact. Based on that information, Beach interviewed the former boyfriend in Rantoul, who reported he had last seen Wrench around the first of July in Rantoul.
Her SUV was loaded with personal items and she told him that she was moving to Florida. That man also identified O’Bryan as Wrench’s current boyfriend. Police then went to O’Bryan’s house and found the Dodge Durango – which registered to both her and O’Bryan – in the back of the house. Working with the Florida authorities, Beach said Rantoul police obtained a search warrant for the SUV and interviewed O’Bryan. They talked with him but did not have probable cause to arrest him on Wednesday. On Thursday, Aug. 9, Wrench regained consciousness and was able to talk to police. “She was able to verify that she was with Shawn and he was the one that injured her,” said Beach, declining to go into specifics of what she said. He did say that the beating occurred in the rural location where she was found.
Florida authorities then obtained the warrant for O’Bryan’s arrest on Friday and Rantoul police arrested him at his home in the 600 block of St. Andrews Circle about 4:15 p.m. without incident. Beach said O’Bryan on Wednesday had asked for a lawyer so police did not interview him further after his arrest Friday. He said Wrench and O’Bryan were planning to move to Florida together to find work. O’Bryan apparently is from the area in Florida where she was found. O’Bryan is expected to appear before a Champaign County judge Monday to address the question of his extradition to Florida. SOURCE:

UPDATE – Originally posted by Seeking_TheLost – Facebook Page

8/7/2012: FLORIDA: New Photo of UNIDENTIFIED ICP Fan Released: Jane Doe out of coma: Sheriff: She is giving thumbs up and down, but can’t yet speak: Live Oak, Florida: The woman known simply only as Jane Doe is now out of a coma and is “somewhat responsive” such as giving the thumbs up and down signs to Suwannee County investigators, Sheriff Tony Cameron said Tuesday afternoon. Cameron also stat…

ed that Jane Doe’s bruising and swelling has gone down considerably and plans to have updated photos of her soon. Investigators visited Jane Doe Tuesday morning and relayed the information to Cameron. Jane Doe was found about 30 feet off the roadway near the intersection of US 90 West and 153rd Road North on July 16 badly injured and with blunt force trauma to the head.
According to Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Cameron, the woman was found around 10 a.m. by a couple driving by on the side of 153rd Road — just off U.S. 90. The woman in the car thought she saw a leg sticking out of the weeds, and they turned around. The woman was moaning, Cameron said, and she had a head injury from some sort of blunt force trauma. She was transported to Shands at the University of Florida, where she was put in a medically induced coma. Cameron said they don’t know what exactly happened to her, but he does have an idea. “There were three sets of tire marks from the same vehicle on the road,” Cameron said, explaining that she was originally between a set of those black marks. There was a trail of blood from the marks to the weeds. Cameron doesn’t know if the woman crawled there or someone dragged her. He said just the fact that she was left there is suspicious enough. He thinks once the woman is identified the investigation will turn criminal. Her DNA and fingerprints were sent out and tested but didn’t come back with matches, Cameron said.
 “All that shows us is that she doesn’t have a criminal record,” he said.

Cameron said that a social worker is assigned to her at the hospital and if at any time there is any change, they will immediately notify him.

Although the SCSO has received hundreds of calls and emails from people who think they might know the identity of Jane Doe, none of the leads have panned out, Cameron explained. 


(UPDATE: 6:23 p.m. 8/03/2012) SUWANNEE CO., Fla. (WTXL)–A local effort to place a name on an unidentified woman, called “Jane Doe”, found lying by the side of a Suwannee County Road has drawn response from around the world.
The woman was found July 16 by the side of 153rd Road, which is just off Highway 90, last month. Authorities are not releasing many details about Jane Doe, investigators say she doesn’t seem to have a criminal history. They think if she was from around the local area, she would’ve already been identified.
They have received about 200 leads from as far away as Alaska, but none have panned out so far. Local citizens are joining the effort and doing their own investigating.
“This could be my child,” said Lynda Rebel. “This could be my sister. I’d want to know who she was.”
Rebel started a Facebook group Suwannee County Fl. “Jane Doe: Help Us Identify” to assist the search. Now she says it’s gone viral, gaining interest from people around the world wanting to help.
“We’re just spreading the word,” said Rebel. “We’ve had plenty of people doing research.”
She says tattoo artists have even weighed in on the conversation, discussing all of Jane Doe’s tattoos, including one affiliated with hardcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse.
“Most tattoo artists will not repeat a tattoo,” said Beth Beaver, another Suwannee County woman joining the effort. “They’ll take one small detail to make it different to make it theirs so until you find the tattoo artist who did it it’s really hard to say.”
People in the Facebook group have searched missing persons databases and enhanced the photo of her face to remove the bruising.
The two women vow to not give up in their fight to find out who “Jane Doe” really is.

SUWANNEE COUNTY  – A candlelight vigil is planned for an unidentified woman, called “Jane Doe” that was found on the side of a Suwannee County Road.
The real name of the woman found roadside in Live Oak is still unknown nearly a month after she was discovered on the side of 153rd Road by Suwannee County deputies. She was found on Monday, July 16. Deputies say she had a head injury that came as the result of blunt force trauma when she was discovered. “Jane Doe” is now in a medically induced coma at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
The vigil is planned for Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. It will be in front of the Suwannee Courthouse.
We spoke with an organizer of the event, Beth Beaver, who hopes people in surrounding counties and across the nation gather to hold vigils of their own at that time, or just send up a prayer for “Jane Doe” if they can’t make an organized event.
Deputies are also asking for the public’s help. They ask that the public contact them if they know any information about the woman. They’ve released flyers and pictures of the woman’s face and tattoos, which can be seen in the slide-show to the right or on the downloadable flyer above. We warn you that they both contain a picture some may consider graphic in nature.
The woman is white and appears to be 20-35 years old. She is about 5’5″ tall and 130 pounds. She has brown hair, blue eyes, and was discovered wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt and no shoes.
Investigators ran her fingerprints through Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS, which is a national fingerprint and criminal history system. No positive matches were found. They are still awaiting results from another fingerprint database.

If you recognize her, or if you have any information regarding her identity, please contact the following Suwannee County

Sheriff’s Office officials:

There are also many Facebook pages that have been created by people not just locally, but from around the country to help find the unidentified woman.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN FOUND STILL IN COMA – Suwannee County, Florida – Authorities are still trying to determine the identity of a badly injured woman found on the side of the road in Suwannee County.

The woman was found near the intersection of U.S. 90 and 153rd Road, west of Live Oak. They believe she was lying just off the road way over night and at some point during the night she was on the road.

The Sheriff says they do not know who she is, where she came from or if she’s even a local person. No one has come forward yet claiming to know the woman. She is currently in a medically induced coma in Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The woman is described as a white female between 20-35 years of age with blue eyes, brown hair., between 5’4-5’7 in height weighing approx 120lbs and tattoo of a ▬►WOLF on her left shoulder. She also has a tattoo that says “David” on her left chest and a third consisting of six letters. She’s a Jugalette: The fourth tattoo to the immediate right of her photo is a “Jugalette” tattoo which indicates she is a fan of ICP: Insane Clown Posse. “I’m a Juggalette and I’m down with the clown!” – There is another tattoo of a dancing person on her left ankle and lettering of some kind on her right upper arm. She was discovered wearing cut off blue jean shorts, a Grateful Dead t-shirt and no shoes.

Anyone with information as to who she is, is urged to call the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office in Live Oak, Florida at (386) 362-2222.

Please post a photo or description of this young woman on your Facebook wall or any website. Hopefully getting her face out there will get answers. I personally don’t believe she’s from Florida. Just my guess – I assume if she was, someone would have reconized her already. I’m sure this has been on the news all threw out Florida. I haven’t seen it on the local news in my State. Someone has to know this young woman.

Endangered Missing – Faith Christina Shirley – Update: Found Safe

UPDATE: WHISNews21 is happy and relieved to report that as of this morning Faith Christina Shirley is no longer a missing person. We have received confirmation  from two of her friends namely Rebecca Dishman and Jan Linden.

This is the full confirmation received from Rebecca a few minutes ago: I am a personal friend of the Shirley family. As of this morning around 7:00 am both of Faith’s older sisters, Ashley Wilson and Heather Hatcher had posted FB statuses saying that Faith was found alive and safe and was in police custody waiting for her family to pick her up. Please feel free to check out this story with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Dept. 904-630-0500 Anyone who answers that number should be able to answer you questions (Per my brother-in-law who is an officer with JSO) We are so grateful that Faith is alive and OK! God is so good! – Source – WHISNEWS


▬► There are rumors circulating the net stating Faith has been found, these rumors are NOT TRUE! Faith has been Missing since July 18th, 2012. A Source claims she left her cellphone, backpack and ID at her house but took her IPAD.

Faith was last seen wearing a purple v-neck shirt and navy blue shorts with flip-flops.
She does not have any piercings or tattoos.
She is 5’7″ and 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have information to help locate her please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department at 904-630-0500 (or) 904-630-2627 and refer to CASE NUMBER: 12-5322105

(I wanted to post a photo showing faith with her hair pulled back and a photo with her hair down due to the fact that people can look different with separate hairstyles.)

Faith, a home-schooled teenager, has brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’7 weighing around 130LBS and is described as a typical ‘girly girl’. She was last seen on JULY 18TH 2012

According to information collected on the net, Faith was standing on the corner of “Scott Mill Road and Kelsey Place” alone at 10 PM. She took her iPad but left behind her other possessions including her cellphone. Many theories arise, did she meet someone? Did that someone tell her that he/she would pick her up on the corner of Scott Mill Road? Did that someone tell her to NOT bring her cellphone? Maybe they were afraid police would trace the phone back to them and they’d get in trouble? (in trouble for being ‘over age’, warrants, etc) Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions but a 15-year-old teenager, leaving suddenly, waiting on a particular street corner at 10pm with no phone leads me to assume she was waiting for somebody.

– She could be anywhere so even if you reside outside of Florida,  Please keep a lookout for this young girl.  Check your surroundings (neighborhood/neighbors, hotels/motels, etc). – It takes a village!

If you have any information regarding Faith Christina Shirley’s disappearance – PLEASE CALL Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500

Also, there are Facebook pages set up regarding Faith’s disappearance. Just type ”Faith Christina Shirley” in the

Facebook search panel for updates and to show support to those closest to Faith.

Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins Found Deceased In Woods By Hunters

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.

Close: The girls, pictured in 2009, often spent the day together when Lyric's mother was at work

Like sisters: The girls, pictured in 2009, would often spend the day together when Lyric’s mother was at work and were very close

Cousins: Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin have been missing since Friday July 13, 2012      'Not sure why': Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, has been missing since last week and FBI officials say the family has not been totally cooperative

The bodies of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey were found by hunters on Yesterday December 4, 2012

Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: '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'Helen Collins, the mother of Elizabeth, said: ‘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’

‘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.

Estranged: Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts - and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girlsEstranged: Lyric’s parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, both have checkered criminal pasts – and were investigated as persons of interest in the disappearance of the girls
Missing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride togetherMissing: The two young cousins have been missing since Friday, July 13 after going for a bike ride together
Grandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person o see the girls before they vanishedGrandmother: Wylma Cook, pictured, was believed to be the last person to see the girls before they vanished

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.


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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 –


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