Search Intensifies For Missing Iowa Girls Lyric Cook 11, And Elizabeth Collins 8, After 30 Hours (Update and Blink Observations)
The search for two Iowa cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins intesifies following the 30 hour mark. The girls were last seen together in downtown Evansdale riding their bikes at around noon Friday.
The girls bikes were found near a bike trail next to Myer’s Lake and Lyric’s mother Mistyl Cook Morrisey believes the tweens were abducted. By Sunday morning, investigators believe at least 40% of the lake had been searched with no sign of the girls. A bag and cell phone belonging to Lyric was found nearby.
Rick Abben, chief deputy sheriff for Black Hawk County, said the girls were last seen by their grandmother when the two left her Evansdale home at about 12:15 p.m. Friday to ride their bicycles.
The girls’ grandmother notified police two hours later when they hadn’t returned. A firefighter located their bikes on a trail close to nearby Meyers Lake at about 4 p.m. Friday.
Aerial search equipment formatted with thermal infared technology has not produced any possible leads on the ground.
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Update From Blink: Having had an opportunity to review the map of the last known location, their are two areas of great immediate concern I am focused on.
1. The area where they were last seen on their bikes is next to a safety shoe ( think workboot) store, and adjacent to the rear or parking area of a bar at lunchtime on a Friday and likely a payday. Lefty’s Lounge is also a truck stop. This location is just a few blocks from the Grandmother’s residence and some areas of it can be seen from the home if one was standing outside. The residence also appears to be the office of Planetary Tree Services, unclear if employees report directly for the day’s jobs but the map reflects what could be utility trucks used for tree cutting. It is not uncommon for some day laborors
2. The girls bikes and bag/cell phone are located together, in an area approximately 2 miles from the area where they were last seen. Their are no bike trails on the roadway and only heavy traffic “highway” leading straight to the lake, alternative routes through the neighborhood are possible, but then they likely would have been seen.
The girls apparently rode bike s close to home frequently with no report of wandering off and the mother’s first reaction upon hearing the bike’s locations were that the girls were abducted. That tells me that she is reasonably certain that the children would not chosen the lake as a bike riding destination as it is a natural tendency for a parent to want to NOT believe a child has been abducted as a first “option”. She also has knowledge about what time the grandmother began calling the girls with no answer, and the call to police came at 2. Were they sent for anything from a store?
I would recommend that the neighborhood closest to the home be canvassed and each shop at the strip mall be visited for customers and employee timecards be reviewed with specific emphasis on any surveillance footage, traffic cams and of course, Lefty’s Lounge logs, immediately. Close attention should be paid to anyone leaving any of the merchants between 12:15 PM and 1:15PM abruptly, anyone leaving a shift early, or anyone taking their break out of turn, etc.
This is an incredibly tight window of time for an abduction of two , if it is one, the bikes are found near an unfenced section directly on the other side of Route 20 with no evidence of foul play. The trail itself is paved and very visible from the road.