Elizabeth Collins, 8, (left) and Lyric Cook, 10, (right) missing from Evansdale, Iowa. They were last seen Friday around noon on the areas bike path. Photo via Facebook.
Two young girls who went on a bike ride last Friday in a small rural town in northeast Iowa appear to have vanished into thin air. The girls were last seen early afternoon on July 13 before they set out on a bike trail near the girl’s home. The girl’s bikes were found, but no signs of the girls were found near their bikes.
Rescue teams checked out local water ways and lakes and searched 12-square-miles surrounding Evansdale, Iowa over the weekend, but nobody has yet to find any traces of the girls.
As days go by, the chances of finding the girls, Lyric Cook Morrissey, 10, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8, quickly diminish.
Family members told the Quad-City Times they believe the girls may have been abducted because they never venture too far from home.
Elizabeth’s mother, Heather Collins, said, “I thought that from the beginning someone took them. I don’t know how … unless it was someone they know, or they would have been kicking and screaming.”
Although authorities haven’t yet ruled out an abduction, they said they have yet to uncover clues that substantiate such a claim. In fact, they have yet to uncover any real clues at all except that the girls bikes were left on the bike trail close to their home along with Elizabeth’s purse. While the bikes were next to the bike path, Elizabeth’s purse was on the other side of a chain linked fence which runs along both side of the path.
Meanwhile hundreds of the area residents have volunteered in the effort to locate the girls. As temperatures soar into the 90s, rescue crews are worried if the girls did get lost, they would be in danger of dehydrating in this summer’s heat.
Descriptions of the girls: Collins 4′ 1″, weighs approximately 80 lbs. and has light brown hair and blue eyes. Cook is 4′ 11″,weighs about 145 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. Anybody with any information on the whereabouts of these girls is asked to contact the Evansdale Police Department at 319-291-2515
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