Today marks four months since Elizabeth Collins, 9, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 11, disappeared from Evansdale, Iowa. The girls were last seen riding their bikes around the Waterloo suburb. The bikes were later found on a trail at Meyers Lake, but no girls.
Elizabeth's parents, Heather and Drew Collins, will be handing out missing persons fliers in major area cities, her in Davenport, him in Omaha, NE. They also have friends traveling to Mason City and Des Moines, to raise even more awareness. Drew and Heather Collins really have gone above and beyond in their attempts to find their daughter, even issuing a television commercial begging for the girls' safe return. The family has stated that they have no real interest in knowing who has the girls or seeing them punished, they just want their children back. Surely, Lyric's parents, Dan and Misty Morrissey are just as concerned, but with their drug-related legal troubles, they don't exactly make the same pretty picture that the Collins' do.
Is the media attention on this case really helping? News stories have slowed to almost a stand-still, with many of the current updates only regarding the families drug history and legal troubles, and none releasing new information about the search for the girls.
Authorities believe that Lyric and Elizabeth were kidnapped and are still alive, but they request that anyone having even a tiny piece of information come forward. There are several ways to contact law enforcement if you have information. There's 911, of course, but you can also contact the Evansdale Police Department at (319) 232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-8477. Additionally, an email address, OurMissingIowaGirls@dps.state.ia.us, has been set up to retrieve tips on the girls whereabouts. There is a $50,000 reward for the safe return of the girls.
This case seems to be growing colder and colder, though authorities say they have received many helpful tips. If that were the case, wouldn't the girls have been found by now? They've missed their birthdays, the first day of school, and Halloween. As Thanksgiving approaches, one can only hope for the person holding the girls to have an attack of conscience and let them go.