Search continues for two missing Iowa girls
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Search continues for two missing Iowa girls

Altoona : IA : USA | Jul 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM PDT
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Update: Evansdale Police

Two Iowa girls went missing on Friday and their search still continues. In an effort to find them, crew members drained a lake but still there is no sign of them.

Two girls, about to hit their early teens, went missing on Friday and till now, they still remain missing despite the fact that a thorough search for them is going on. The two girls went missing from Evansdale, Iowa, on Friday afternoon. The girls are identified as Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, of waterloo and Elizabeth Collins, 8, of Evansdale.
According to the details provided, the two girls went cycling near the Quad-City, Iowa, and then they never came back. The girls were last seen around noon riding their bikes but after that, no sightings were reported. According to the authorities, so far there are no signs of any foul play, but they are not ruling out any such chances completely. The girls' bikes were found abandoned near a bike trial at the Quad-City. Elizabeth's purse and a non-working cell phone, on which she used to play games on, was also found along with the bikes.
Since the time the girls were reported missing, nearly a 1000 volunteers assembled to look for the two girls and they combed through a 12-mile area around Evansdale, where the girls were last seen. "We've covered everything we can cover with civilian people," Marcus Norman, volunteer coordinator with Evansdale Fire Department, told the Des Moines Register on Sunday. "Law enforcement is still working on the residential areas and things of that sort."
The rescue-workers have been looking for the girls on foot, horseback and even 4-wheelers but their efforts have not turned up anything. The search for the girls also led to the drainage of the five-acre Myers Lake. Initially the lake, which is already at a lower water level, was searched for by divers, but when nothing turned up, it was decided that the lake will be drained. The drainage of the lake started on Monday, and officers were instructed to stay there till the time the lake is drained completely.
Details related to the missing girls have also been released by the authorities, and a Facebook page has also been created for them. A reward is also being offered to anyone who can provide information about the girls and the reward amount has been increased to $15,000 from an initial amount of $5,000.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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