Missing Iowa cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins still haven't been found, but there are some new updates in the girls' case. Among the updates in the case, it appears that FBI agents are still operating on the belief that the two missing girls are still alive. That's good for keeping hope alive among the community of Evansdale, but what about the evidence backing these beliefsÂ—does any exist?
So if Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are still alive, where are they? Investigators have had over three months to gather clues and evidence in the disappearance of the two girls, but as far as the public knows, this case is going dead cold. However, officials claim that there have been new leads and witnesses in recent days regarding this caseÂ—though they will not clarify on this detail any further.
It's been long believed that the father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, Daniel Morrissey, is a suspect in her disappearance. However, HLN reports that the family claims that they have been "completely ruled out" as suspects or persons of interest in the disappearance of the two girls. Does that mean Daniel Morrissey has been completely cleared as well? One of the girls' aunts was very open about calling him out as a suspect in earlier reports.
The grandmother of the two missing Iowa girls believes they were kidnapped by a pedophile. She also believes the crime scene where the children's bikes were found at the lake was staged by the presumed kidnapper. It should be reminded that the grandmother, Wylma Cook, is the last person to have seen the girls and has been inconsistent at least once during the course of this case.
As the above-cited source mentions, widespread belief that the girls drowned doesn't seem credible. The lake was checked, drained, and dragged, and there were no clues leading to the girls being in the water. The FBI has completely ruled out the chance that the girls drowned, so that leaves the kidnapping theory as one of the few credible ones left.
Hopefully the two girls are found before this case is completely cold, but this isn't looking good.
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