The family members of missing girls Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, are struggling to get through this difficult time. The girls disappeared two weeks ago, on July 13th, and haven't been seen or heard from since. Their bikes and a purse belonging to Elizabeth were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa.
Elizabeth's mother, Heather Collins, sits up at night, waiting for police to deliver her daughter. Lyric's mother, Misty Cook-Morrissey, says it's hardest at night, when the visitors have left and there's time to think. Elizabeth's father, Drew Collins, is having a rough time returning to work, even though the family members have been told they must return to the normalcy they had before the girls went missing. Lyric's father, Dan Morrissey, wonders what his daughter is doing and where she's sleeping at night. The girl's uncle is currently being treated for a drug overdose and hasn't eaten or slept since the girls vanished.
One must wonder how deep the drug problems run in this family. Clearly, the uncle has a problem. And both of Lyric's parents have had run-ins with drugs, with Misty having been in prison on federal drug charges and Dan facing charges on possession, manufacturing, and selling methamphetamines.
Does everyone not yet know that meth is bad? Look at the heartache it causes. It affects every member of an addict's family. In this case, some people believe that the girls were abducted as some sort of revenge against Dan Morrissey for snitching out some local drug users and sellers.
Has anyone spoken to their OD'd uncle? Did he have anything to do with the girls' disappearance? Could he possibly be feeling guilty?
Where are Lyric and Elizabeth? They didn't drown in the lake. They aren't just out hiding somewhere in rural Iowa. These girls have been taken. Taken by who?
Hopefully, the $50,000 reward being offered will inspire someone to come forward with information. Authorities are seeking out a paddle boater who had been on the lake the afternoon the girls disappeared. If this person is you, come forward. If you've seen something, anything, it could be a crucial link to the whereabouts of these two little girls.