Authorities searching for two missing girls in Iowa are working as fast as they can to drain a lake in the area after scent dogs led police to the water’s edge. The work is going slower than expected.
Meanwhile, an FBI dive team is arriving in Evansdale. They’ll use sonar to check the lake when the water level is considered drained. Divers will probably wait until Friday, when the 25-acre lake reaches its lowest level.
While the girls’ mothers wait, they tell the media they think there is a chance 10-year-old Lyric Cook and her cousin 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were abducted and are not at the bottom of a lake.
“Because we haven’t found them anywhere in the surrounding area, I feel like maybe they were taken,” Misty Cook-Morrissey, mother of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, told CNN yesterday.
The cousins, whose mothers are sisters, were last seen riding their bikes Friday afternoon. Both bicycles and a purse were found near Meyers Lake hours after they were reported missing. As CNN reports, scent dogs following the girls’ trail led searchers around the lake and stopped at the water’s edge.
Cook-Morrissey says the girls don’t go to the lake. “They don’t swim there. My daughter is familiar with swimming in lakes, so I don’t think she would be scared of this lake, but they don’t come here and swim here.”
The search remains a missing persons case, authorities say. No evidence has been found to suggest a crime.
Watch family members, including Lyric’s mother who has taken a polygraph, discuss the girls in the CNN report below:
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