Evidence has convinced the FBI that Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook are still alive. Spokeswoman Sandy Breault refused to say what led authorities to this assumption, but the search is being stretched beyond Iowa borders. The cousins went missing July 13 after leaving their grandmother's house in Evansdale, Iowa to ride their bikes to nearby Meyers Lake. The bikes and a purse belonging to Elizabeth were found near the lake that same evening. The lake has been searched and officials are now certain that the girls are not in there.
Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said they have no single person of interest in the case. There has been some evidence discovered and sent to Iowa's CSI, but everyone's keeping mum about what the evidence is and where it was found. Abben also confirmed that they have asked the parole office to keep a closer watch on Lyric's father, Daniel Morrissey, who is free on bond, facing drug charges. This doesn't imply that Morrissey is a suspect, though he is no longer cooperating with police in the investigation.
Why is a parent no longer cooperating? As an innocent parent, one would think a parent would do all they could to help. Ah-hem Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin. Or maybe, like that same situation, just maybe the police antagonized them enough they started doubting themselves and forgetting details. No one pays attention to every minute. It's not like you expect these things to happen, so you keep track of exactly what time what occurred.
Abben continued to say, "We are not looking at anyone. Everyone is being checked into."
Where are these girls? They can't have just wandered off, without leaving any trace. Clearly someone has taken them and people can just hope for their safe return. If this is someone associated with Lyric's parents, they know where the girls are and what has to be done to get them back. Hopefully, the girls are not scared and are being treated well, but that's doubtful. They've been missing a week. There is still a $50,000 reward being offered for information leading to their safe return.