Update On Missing Iowa Cousins

Authorities searching for two missing Iowa cousins have information that leads them to believe both girls are still alive, an FBI spokeswoman said Saturday.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said authorities “feel strongly” that 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 urged anyone with information about their disappearance to contact law enforcement.

“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” 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.”

The announcement came a day after authorities finished searching Meyers Lake in the northeast Iowa town of Evansdale, which is near a path where the girls’ bikes were found. The girls vanished July 13.

They now say they believe the girls were abducted, but that searching and draining part of lake was part of a thorough investigation. “We have to cover everything,” Breault told The Associated Press after Saturday’s news conference. “If there’s even a chance (the girls were in the lake), we have to make sure.”

The lake is close to Interstate 380, just outside of Waterloo, which is about 120 miles northeast of Des Moines.

Breault said investigators are interviewing multiple “persons of interest” in the case, whom she declined to identify. She said authorities are still receiving tips on the case, mostly from within the area.

Authorities have said they are watching Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrisey, although they have not named him as a suspect.

Morrisey, 36, has a long criminal history and has stopped cooperating with police. Breault said the lack of cooperation from some family members has hindered the investigation.

“Unfortunately, in this case, law enforcement has not received total cooperation from all families and close friends,” Breault said. “It’s important to note that a majority of the family has cooperated 100 percent. We feel there’s someone out there that has pertinent information about the girls’ whereabouts, and we’d like to take this opportunity to ask them to come forward.”

A judge on Thursday granted a prosecution request to place Morrissey in a pretrial supervision program of the Iowa Department of Corrections while he faces September trials in two separate drug cases that could land him in prison for decades.

The change means Morrissey, who has been free on bond, will be supervised by parole officers who will make sure he shows up in court and does not violate the terms of his release.

Morrissey’s wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey, 34, pleaded guilty in 2003 in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, court documents show. She also has theft and alcohol violations in state court and is on supervised release after her probation was revoked in September because of drug and excessive alcohol use and failure to comply with drug tests.

In nearby Waterloo on Saturday, about 165 people participated in a 3-mile run/walk to benefit the girls’ families, the Waterloo Courier reported. The Collinses, who have kept a low profile during the last week, were in attendance.

Contributed from Huff Post CRIME [Huffington Post] July 22, 2012

Footnote by the Baroness: I am a solid watcher of missing children news, getting update,s and Amber Alerts. The fact that the authorities also believe that these girls are still alive and are stating so is the most hopeful bit of news I’ve yet to see in cases such as these. Please do not dismiss their little faces from your eyes, and please DO burn their images into your mind so that every other child does not look-alike. Be come aware for these little girl’s sakes. ~ Please keep them and their families in your thoughts, prayers and positive energy. We can move mountains with our faith>  ~ BB

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14 thoughts on “Update On Missing Iowa Cousins

    • I will not give up the belief that using this kind of public forum can make a difference for the good of our chiildren. Our lost children. You and I both are aware and know the numbers that go missing on a daily basis. I think we can help put a stop to it. I think this is our “new age” fight Gerry, our new protest that we are now so much more aware of.

      Thank you my devoted and faithful friend. You are the best! ~ BB

      • I dont know if you noticed a post I did about the update and re-launch of the Missing Kids site.. Am looking at this moment,,,keep it up, and our little rolling train can collect more carriages….and pick up lost children…

        • Gerry are you talking about a relaunch just recently, or a bit of time ago? If just recently I have missed it somehow. I’ll be going on over to your blog after posting this comment in case I missed it.

          I absolutely adore your analogy- our little rolling train can collect more carriages… and pick up lost children. This is supberb and I do believe you should run with that thought either for a post or lyrics. Yes, that would be your friend egging you on…. LOL…:-)

          Take good care my friend.~ BB

      • There has been no mention that at least i’ve seen, of the road construction personnel I’d seen when we stopped in the area(hubby drives truck)….We wasn’t there prior or on the day of the missing cousins, but not that long after… I hope this was investigated too……

        • Our hope and prayers are that this was investigated as well You might contact the local authorities again Sometime in large investigation things sadly sometimes fall through the cracks.
          Good luck and let is know if you learn anything please ~

    • You’re so right Tess, and I decided that though there is not much I can do, to not have this awful feeling of helplessness to do these kinds of postings. I have a brother blogger in the UK who is doing the same. Maybe this can make some changes in how children are found. Putting social networking to work for good.

      Thanks for coming by, you are always such a welcome sight. ~ BB

    • Thank you so much for reblogging this, that is the whole point and you got it and did it!!
      I believe like you do and wihile we are blogging and talking with another around the country and the world why not? It just makes sense to me.
      Thanks again, you have delighted me so in joining in. We can make this a movement.

      I am adding my prayers and thoughts with yours, I cannot even imagine. Thanks again for stopping by and a lot for reblogging this.

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