Autopsy Confirms Bodies Found Last Week in Seven Bridges Wildlife Area are that of Missing Iowa Cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook

Confirmation of ID in the case of Iowa cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.

Sadly we have learned today what many had already known. According to the police, autopsies have confirmed that the two bodies found last week by hunters in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area were that of missing Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.  Police Chief Kent Smock says he received confirmation Monday from the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office that the bodies were the two cousins, who had been missing since July 13. The full autopsy has yet to be released.

Police in Iowa say an autopsy has confirmed that two bodies found last week in a wildlife area are those of two young cousins who have been missing since last summer.

Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock says he received confirmation Monday from the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office that the bodies were Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, who had been missing since July 13. The full autopsy hasn’t been released to police.

Hunters Discover Two Bodies in Wooded Area Believed to be Missing Lyric Cook-Morrissey her Cousin Elizabeth Collins of Evansdale, Iowa (VIDEO)

Breaking news in the case of missing Lyric Cook her cousin Elizabeth Collins …

There is sad news in the case of missing 11 year old Lyric Cook  and her 9 year old cousin Elizabeth Collins.  On Wednesday, hunters discovered the bodies of two individuals in a wooded area that are believed to be  Lyric Cook  and Elizabeth Collins. The location of where the bodies were found was not revealed and there has yet to be a positive ID. However, what are the chances that two bodies are found and two girls are missing from the area?   Lyric Cook  and Elizabeth Collins disappeared five months ago on July 13, 2012 when they were last seen going off for a bike ride. The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny, Iowa for positive identification. According to reports there is supposed to be a news conference on Thursday with additional information set for 4 pm.

Lyric Cook  and Elizabeth Collins were last seen by their grandmother on July 13, 2012 when they left for a bike ride. The two girls’ bicycles and a purse were found near Meyers Lake. The subsequent searches revealed no more clues.

Wednesday News Conference announcing that two bodies have been discovered by hunters in a wooded area

On Wednesday night, about 70 people attended a prayer vigil at the lake for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Some in attendance were holding out hope that the bodies weren’t those of the missing cousins, though others seemed resigned to accept tragic news. What a sad, senseless and tragic situation. Two precious young girls taken far too soon. The community had prayed for closure and that the two missing girls would be found safe and returned home. This is hardly the closure they had hoped for.

“I don’t want to think the worst, but two bodies. It’s just really heartbreaking,” said Amanda Mulzac, who lives in nearby Waterloo and was among hundreds of volunteers who helped in the initial search. “At their age I was out by myself, but now it’s different. Hold your babies close.”

Barb Collins, a machinist who grew up in Evansdale and helped lead the group in prayer, said the community was grieving.

For more updates, read others opinions and to provide your own, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons forum: Lyric Cook  and Elizabeth Collins.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers BK Racing Teammates Landon Cassill & Travis Kvapil Feature Photos of Missing Iowa Girls Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins at the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway

Ten year old Lyric Cook and 9 year old Elizabeth Collins have been missing since July 13, 2012 when they were last seen riding their bikes in Evansdale, Iowa.  This Sunday at the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway NASCAR is coming to the aid of the two missing Iowa girls.

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil of the BK racing team will feature photos of the missing Iowa girls at the Pennsylvania Pocono 400 on their race cars, including the phone number for the National Missing Children hotline.

Cassill is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa,

“Being from Iowa, and having some other folks in the sport from Iowa, we’re all pulling together to raise as much attention as possible to help locate the two missing girls,” Cassill said. “I really want to do as much as possible and this is one step. I can’t thank the team enough for doing this.”

Kvapil hopes the effort will put a national spotlight on the investigation.

“As a parent, I want to do anything I can to help the families locate their children,” Kvapil said. “I’m pleased that we have the special decals on our cars this weekend and I hope that this will aid in the search.”

Missing Iowa Cousins Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook Discovered Spotted on Surveillance Video

Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook have been missing since Friday, July 13, 2012.

The latest news is that the two cousins, Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, were spotted on a surveillance video on the day the girls went missing. The video camera captured the two girls on tape at 12:11 pm as they rode by the camera less than a block away from their home and riding away from Meyers Lake. Authorities say that the video matches the police time line and needs to be further analyzed.

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Although the girls only look like a blur as they cross the frame on their bicycles in the video, and the footage of the two girls lasts only seconds, investigators say they now are analyzing it for any clues that could lead to information about the girls whose bicycles were later recovered on a trail by nearby Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa.

“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.”

The video also matches the police timeline. Investigators say the girls left the home to ride their bikes shortly after noon July 13. The camera’s clock shows it was 12:11 p.m. when they rode by.

Authorities have recently stated that the girls had been abducted and believed that Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were still alive.

For more updates, comments and others opinions, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Elizabeth Collins – Lyric Cook.

FBI Says They have Evidence that Leads them to Believe Missing Iowa Girls Lyric Cook-Morrissey & Elizabeth Collins are Still Alive

Twist in the case of missing Iowa cousins …

10 year old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8 year old Elizabeth Collins have been missing since Friday, July 13. Their bikes, a purse and cell phones were found on a path near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa; however, the have not been sen or heard from since their disappearance. FBI investigators said on Saturday that they had evidence that leads them to believe that the two cousins were still alive. FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said that authorities believe that Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins have not been killed, although they did not provide any information that lead them to believe this. The FBI said that they they would be expanding their search beyond Iowa.

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Investigators said Saturday they have evidence that leads them to believe two cousins who vanished last week are still alive.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said that authorities strongly believe 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins have not been killed.

She refused to say what led authorities to that conclusion, but told reporters that investigators are expanding their search beyond Iowa.

The announcement came a day after authorities said they believe the girls were abducted.

Authorities stated that they have not received total cooperation from all family and close friends. Lyric’s parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, have hired an attorney, are taking legal advice, and will no longer allow police to interrogate them. Is it possible that the couples past drug involvement had something to do with the girl’s disappearance?

Law enforcement officials who have spent the past nine days searching for a pair of missing cousins in Iowa say some family members are not being completely cooperative and are now under close scrutiny.

“Law enforcement has not received total cooperation from all family and close friends. We feel there’s someone out there that has pertinent information about the girls’ whereabouts,” FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said.

Iowa Law Enforcement Reclassified Disappearance of Missing Cousins Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook-Morrissey as an Abduction

Ten-year old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year old Elizabeth Collins have been missing since Friday, July 13 when they were last seen riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa. Their bikes, a bag and cell phone were found on a path near the lake; however, both girls have not been heard from or seen since. Yesterday, after Meyers Lake had been drained and the lake searched by FBI divers and with sonar to no avail, law enforcement officials reclassified the disappearance of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins as an abduction.

Law enforcement officials in Iowa reclassified the disappearance of two missing cousins as an abduction Friday after an FBI dive team failed to find their bodies in an Iowa lake.

Ten-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins disappeared a week ago while riding bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Their bikes were later found on a path near the lake.

A special 10-member FBI dive team used sonar equipment on a boat for hours Friday to search the 26-acre lake. Divers waded through the water looking for evidence but did not appear to go beneath the surface. By mid-afternoon, an FBI truck and many other police officers had left and little search activity was going on.

There is presently a $50,000 reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in this case. Capt. Rick Abben stated they they are confident that the girls are not in the lake. Abben also said investigators have also “obtained evidence” that was forwarded to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation lab in Ankeny, but he would not say when or how the evidence was obtained.

For more updates and to discuss the case, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Elizabeth Collins/Lyric Cook.

Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook-Morrissey Missing: Hmm … Parents of Missing Iowa Girl Lyric Cook-Morrissey Consult With Attorney, Have Past History of Drug Arrests … called distraction by investigators

Things that make you go hmmm …

The parents of missing of missing Lyric Cook-Morrissey have now consulted with an attorney who has advised them to stop talking to investigators. Oh, this is going to help in finding the missing cousins, Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook-Morrissey, who have been missing since Friday, July 13. The family is upset that they are being treated as suspects. One would think their main concern would be finding their daughter?

The parents of one of two missing Iowa cousins have consulted an attorney who has told them to stop talking to authorities, relatives say, a development that investigators call a distraction from the search.

Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said Thursday that authorities expect 100 percent cooperation from Misty and Dan Morrissey, parents of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey.

Lyric and her cousin, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins, didn’t return from riding bicycles Friday in Evansdale in northeast Iowa.

Family members told the Des Moines Register that police suspect Dan Morrissey is behind the disappearance of both girls, a claim he denies. Tensions between Morrissey and investigators led him to storm out of an interview Tuesday, they added.

“They have accused [Dan Morrissey.] They said they have evidence,” Tammy Brousseau, Lyric’s aunt, told the newspaper.

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Iowa Mom Believes that Missing Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook-Morrissey May have been ‘Taken’ … Resident Says He Saw the Girls Ride by his House

It is as though the disappeared into mid air in broad day light …

Iowa cousins, Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey have been missing since Friday, July 13 when they were last seen riding their bicycles in the town of Evansdale, Iowa. Their bikes, a bag and cell phone were found near Meyers Lake; however, there has been no sign of the two girls. Thousands of volunteers have searched for the two missing cousins and search dogs have hit on a scent at the waters edge that is currently being drained. However, the mother of one of the missing girls thinks that Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were abducted.

The mother of a missing Iowa girl says she thinks there is a chance she and her cousin were snatched and are not at the bottom of a lake.

“Because we haven’t found them anywhere in the surrounding area, I feel like maybe they were taken,” Misty Cook-Morrissey, mother of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, told CNN on Wednesday.

Lyric and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were last seen by their grandmother on Friday when they left to go on a bike ride.

Scent dogs used by searchers looking for signs of the girls ran around Meyers Lake and stopped at the water’s edge, Cook-Morrissey said.

Its is being reported that family members are doing polygraph tests and are cooperating with authorities.

Missing Iowa girls: Timeline in Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey case.

UPDATE I: Could witnesses have seen the two missing girls after being in town?

An Evansdale resident told The Des Moines Register this morning that he saw Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey ride their bikes past his house Friday afternoon.

Resident Robert Carpenter said he didn’t think anything about seeing the girls because it’s such a common occurrence.

Authorities have been looking for the two cousins since they were reported missing Friday afternoon by family members when they didn’t return from their bike ride.

For more updates, opinions and analysis of this case and to provide your own opinions, go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons forum: Elizabeth Collins/Lyric Cook.

Search for Missing Iowa Cousins Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook … Police Drain Meyers Lake Where Girls Bikes, Bag and Cell Phone Were Found

The search continues for missing Iowa cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. The two have been missing since Friday, July 13 in Evansdale, Iowa; however, their bicycles, bag and cell phone ere found near Meyers Lake.  The police have begun draining the lake where the two missing girls bikes were found. It is supposed to take a couple of days to complete the task.

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Police searching for missing Iowa cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook today began draining the lake near where their bicycles were found.

Searchers spent two days dragging the lake near Evansdale, but came up with nothing, and as yet have no other leads as to what might have happened to the two girls.

“The focus today is to get these two girls back. That’s what we want … just these girls back,” said Capt. Rick Abben, a chief deputy with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

So far police have few leads as to what happened to the two cousins, it as though they just vanished.

7/15/12, 6 PM Press Conference: Black Hawk County Sheriff’s deputy Rick Abben Discusses Searches for Missing Lyric Cook-Morrissey & Her Cousin Elizabeth Collins in Evansdale, Iowa

This evening at 6 pm CT, authorities gave a press conference for missing 8 year old Elizabeth Collins and her her cousin 10 year old Lyric Cook-Morrissey. The two have been missing since Friday, July 13 when they were last seen a little after noon in downtown Evansdale near the Lederman’s Safety Shoe shop.

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Black Hawk County Sheriff’s deputy Rick Abben addressed the media following Sundays search efforts for missing Elizabeth Collins and her her cousin Lyric Cook.  Abben stated that the search area had been expanded and are now searching 12-square mile area. That search is being conducted on foot, on horseback and on 4 wheelers. Door to door searches in Evansdale continue by authorities.

Deputy Rick Abben also stated that the dragging operations at Myers Lake have stopped and that they are confident that Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook are not in the lake.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department asked the public that anyone who was in the area of Meyers Lake on Friday on foot or on the bicycle paths and who might have seen anything to please call the tip line, Evansdale police at 319-232-6682.

900 volunteers showed up on Sunday for the search. No organized volunteer search is planned for Monday tomorrow, however, authorities are meeting to go over events of the day to determine whether they will conduct a search for tomorrow, stay tune.

LE is talking to parents, relatives, friends and other people in the community, not interrogated.

No new clues and nothing was found today in the searches of any use as evidence.

Backgrounds of construction workers in the area are being checked. There is also concern that Hwy 20 is so close to the location of where the bikes, purse and cell phone was located.

Deputy Rick Abben stated that the two girls do not have any history of running away.

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