Saturday, February 17, 2018

Iowa missing girls case now considered abduction

EVANSDALE, Iowa — Investigators reclassified the disappearance of two missing Iowa cousins as an abduction case Friday after an FBI dive team failed to find their bodies in a lake near where they were last seen a week ago.

Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, vanished after riding bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Their bikes were later found on a path near the lake.

Investigators are confident the girls did not drown or die in the lake, and they do not believe the girls got lost because they would have been found by now, Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said Friday.

"Since we can't find them, and they are not in the lake, we're calling it an abduction," said Abben, who announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. "Now that it's an abduction, everyone is a suspect until we find these people, these two young girls."

Morrissey was not a suspect, and investigators were scrutinizing others in the family with criminal histories.

Morrissey's wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey, 34, pleaded guilty in 2003 in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, court documents show.

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