The two Iowa cousins who went missing on Friday may have been abducted, latest news reports say as police continue to investigate the case.
Investigators have said that volunteers have searched for the two girls everywhere, but still have not found them and chances are they have been abducted. This announcement was made after a lake had been drained in search of the girls, but nothing turned up.
The two girls are Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8. Both are cousins and went missing after they went out cycling during the afternoon. Both the cousins were riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, but they never arrived back home. Because both the cousins went missing near the Meyers Lake, it was the focus for investigators, who tried their best to find the girls around that area.
Initially, volunteer divers went in the lake to look for the girls, but when nothing turned up, investigators decided to drain the lake. When the lake, which was already almost half-dry, was drained, nothing turned up. The searchers then decided to use sonar equipment to look for the girls.
When FBI officials intervened, they asked investigators to stop draining the lake so that they could use the sonar equipment. The sonar equipment does not work in less than six feet of water, so the drainage of the lake was stopped. However, even after using the equipment, no trace of the girls was found, leading to the conclusion that the girls were kidnapped.
According to reports, some evidence was also found and it has been sent for tests, but it was not revealed what was the evidence. Lyric Cook-Morrissey`s parents, Misty Cook-Morrissey and Daniel Morrissey, are also under investigation by the police, who suspect the couple to be involved in the case. However, details regarding what led to this suspicion are not known.
Daniel Morrissey and his wife have reportedly stopped cooperating with the police after learning that they are suspects in the case.