Evansdale, Iowa — Kinda sad that I post so many of these stories (3,333 articles so far) that I totally forgot about the two girls who went missing in Iowa over the summer. But this afternoon, Blackhawk County authorities announced that hunters had found two bodies that may be linked to the disappearance of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins.
Authorities say the bodies were found by hunters at 12:45 p.m. today. What they would not say was where the bodies were found or if the bodies were actually those of the girls. However, they did mentioned the missing persons investigation and said the bodies led them to believe the search for the girls would not have a positive outcome.
“It’s definitely not the outcome that we wanted,” said County sheriff’s Capt. Rick Abben as he appeared to fight back tears. The bodies have been sent to the state examiner’s office for positive identification.
Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and her cousin Elizabeth Collins, 8, were last seen leaving their grandmother’s home after being given permission to go out on a short bike ride on July 13. When they did not return home, police were called. Later that afternoon, their bikes were found abandoned near a bike trail.
Over 900 people started searching for the girls, including local authorities, volunteers, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They searched a 12-square mile area on foot, horseback, and 4-wheelers.
They even dragged a 5-acre lake then later drained it. But even with all that, searchers have found absolutely no trace of the girls. ”It’s like they vanished,” Richard Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office said. “There’s just nothing.”
Last month, the parents’ of the girls submitted a letter to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier pleading with anyone who may have the girls to let them go. ”Taking the girls from us has caused much pain, pain for them, pain for us and our families,” they wrote. “We want you to know that we are praying for you to do the right thing. By releasing the girls, everyone wins. Even you. The person who took them.”
Last week, an anonymous donor offered $100,000 to a $50,000 fund that would be paid to anyone with any credible information leading to the safe return of the girls.Tags: Crime, Elizabeth Collins, Iowa, Lyric Cook-Morrissey, Missing Person