UPDATE: Uncle of missing Iowa girls treated for overdose

2012-07-27T11:30:00Z 2012-08-15T23:02:14Z UPDATE: Uncle of missing Iowa girls treated for overdose Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
July 27, 2012 11:30 am

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) --- An uncle of the missing Iowa cousins is recovering in a hospital following an apparent drug overdose.

Wylma Cook says her 32-year-old son Jeremiah Cook was in stable condition Friday at Allen Hospital in Waterloo after the overdose Thursday night. She says he’s expected to be OK.

Wylma Cook says the disappearance of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins has “taken a toll” on Jeremiah, who was having trouble sleeping and eating. She says he has no children but was very close to his nieces, considering them his “prized possessions.”

The girls vanished after leaving for a bike ride July 13 in Evansdale.

Cook says her son hadn’t taken methamphetamine, cocaine or marijuana, but she declined to say what caused the overdose.

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  1. rollingthunder60
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    rollingthunder60 - August 02, 2012 4:04 pm
    where are the parents tears ? the family members they interview show no real tears either its like all of them know something but they wont say and as far as the uncle goes makes no sense why he would try to commit suicide if they are supposely his "prize possessions" then why try to kill urself if they are found wouldnt you want to be there , insted of od"ing and not being there sounds kinda funny to me hmmmmmmmmm makes you wonder who knows what
  2. nobodyspecial
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    nobodyspecial - July 31, 2012 6:17 am
    I sincerely hope they find these girls safe and sound. But, could this family be any more disfunctional?? The issues just keep rising to the surface. WOW ! !
  3. jamiegrinnell
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    jamiegrinnell - July 29, 2012 4:11 pm
    Well of course he didn't smoke weed! He wouldn't be in the hospital getting treated for a drug overdose if he did LOL. Heroin is big around here lately, that was probably it. People do what they do, too bad that has to be news though.
  4. eliza_50648
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    eliza_50648 - July 27, 2012 4:30 pm
    And just how does this affect the community?
  5. Leigh
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    Leigh - July 27, 2012 3:06 pm
    They seem to be a close family and there is nothing wrong with an uncle calling his nieces prized possessions. It was probably only an expression the grandmother used to explain how close he is to his nieces. To each and every family member of these girls no matter how distant, I hope this nightmare is over for you soon and these girls come home. Not only are they having to deal with the missing girls but also the rude comments people continue to make.
  6. Alicia
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    Alicia - July 27, 2012 2:26 pm
    His "prized possessions?" I hope he's being looked into. What uncle would call his nieces his prized possessions?
  7. Waterloo2012
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    Waterloo2012 - July 27, 2012 12:50 pm
    I do hope these poor girls are going to be found safe. But this just gets crazier by the day. There is something shady about this whole story.
  8. btincc
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    btincc - July 27, 2012 7:04 am
    And the hits just keep coming!
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