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EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Divers are in place on the shores of Meyers Lake as the FBI prepares its search of the 26-acre where the only pieces of evidence behind the disappearance of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey,10, have been found.

FBI spokesperson Sandy Breault spoke with the media briefly just after 11 a.m. and said a total of 10 divers are standing by at Meyers Lake.

Divers are waiting as the remainder of the sonar and search equipment is put into place.

Breault said divers will search for the girls, or recover any evidence that could help solve the mystery behind their disappearance on July 13.

"They will continue to search until what they are trying to get done is finished," Breault said.

FBI divers in place traveled from Los Angeles earlier this week to help push the weeklong investigation forward, but Breault was unaware of the steps that would be taken if FBI divers failed to recover anything from Meyers Lake.

A briefing between Black Hawk County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben and Breault was scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., after which the media will be address of any new information regarding the diving endeavor.

A boat from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources continues to scan the lake, allegedly preparing the equipment that will be used during the dive.

EARLIER TODAY

EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Search efforts for Elizabeth Collins, 8, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, of Waterloo, have shifted back to Meyers Lake as of this morning.

Law enforcement and investigators arrived on the shores of Meyers Lake just before 8 a.m. to begin diving operation preformed by the FBI.

A boat from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources entered the water at 8:30 a.m. with sonar equipment on hand in order to map out the lake's deeper pockets to aid in the diver's search.

Black Hawk County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben said he is unaware of the operation's timeline, but divers should arrive sometime this morning.

"Look out for a U-Hual truck," Abben said. "The divers and their equipment will be coming in that."

Abben said the equipment being used in the search is some of the most high tech in the country.

"There are only three or four sets in the U.S.," Abben said.

 

FBI dive team arrives Friday


6 a.m. Friday - EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Authorities are gearing up for another day on Meyers Lake today as the search hit the one-week mark for missing cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8.

As the sun rose, the parking lot at the lake was empty, awaiting the arrival of gear to support an FBI dive team to explore the deeper sections that still remain under water. Two sheriff’s deputies were on duty there.

Meanwhile at the city’s combined fire and police station, officers, firefighters, deputies and federal agents began pulling up.

The FBI’s mobile command center was in the driveway as well as a second smaller FBI truck. Two jon boats arrived, one from the Evansdale fire department and a second from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Authorities Thursday stopped draining Meyers Lake in preparation for the dive team. Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Capt, Rick Abben said the divers needed the lake “to settle down” before they could go in the water. Local crews helped prepare the area for the dive team’s equipment by adding rock to the already-drained portion of the lake bed near the dock.

“This is some specialized equipment that is now available. We had sonar here on the weekend and that was showing nothing,” Abben said. “This stuff is being brought in by the FBI, and they are saying that this is some really high-tech stuff and there is only just a few units of this that are available in the whole United States for us to use. So it is coming this way.”

Abben said the next steps that might be taken at the lake will not be determined until the divers are done today.

“If we need to continue draining it further — if that’s what they think needs to be done — then we will do that,” Abben said. “I’m being told that this lake has some really deep pockets in it, somewhere between 15 and 20 feet deep.”

 

Tensions rise between authorities, family

As the seventh day of searching for two missing girls came to an end, law enforcement officials said the known facts of the case remain the same.

“We have two bikes, two missing girls and one purse,” Abben said.

To recap, the girls were last seen on their bikes about 12:15 p.m. July 13. Their bikes were found a few hours later near the bike trail around Meyers Lake. Elizabeth’s purse was nearby. There has been no sign of the girls since.

Misty Morrissey, the mother of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, and other family members met with authorities Thursday evening at the command center at Poyner Elementary School.

“They have no information. They have no idea about anything,” she said while rushing to a car with Dan Morrissey after more than an hour in the building.

Several members of the family were at the school shortly after 6 p.m. It was unclear how long they had been there. Drew and Heather Collins, Elizabeth’s parents, were in the building early on but left before 6:30 p.m. Grandmother Wylma Cook, the last person to see the girls, was the last to leave the building.

Earlier in the day Tammy Brousseau, the missing girls’ aunt, said an attorney had advised Misty and Dan Morrissey against talking with the police or media. She added the attorney, who she did not name, also told the parents not to take any additional polygraph tests.

Capt. Rick Abben said they have asked everyone to cooperate and when someone doesn’t it is a “distraction.”

“However, that is their choice,” he said.

In recent days the couple’s criminal background and multiple incarcerations has become the focus of attention in both the local and national media. Abben said they were aware of Misty and Dan Morrissey’s criminal history the day the two girls went missing.

He said “everyone was checked into. We did background checks on those people immediately.”

The family has said that Dan Morrissey has been interrogated by law enforcement officials and accused of killing the children.

Abben wouldn’t comment when asked if Dan or Misty Morrissey were considered suspects in the case or if there past criminal convictions are relevant in disappearance. He also would not say if any search warrants had been issued. On Wednesday he had said none had been issued.

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(68) comments

thinkpink

Misty is absolutely correct. Their past problems have nothing to do with the fact that the girls are missing and need to be found. BUT, their past activities carried with it some relationships to people who may NOT have "overcome" their problems. THOSE are the type of people who need to be talked to and investigated by the authorities who are desperately trying to find answers in this case. So, suck it up and provide the names of every shady character you ever interacted with who may of had any sort of contact with your kids. They might be connected somehow.

Cornhusker2012

And history usually repeats itself so with that in mind, there seems to be more to the story involving the parents.

Panther14

It's all fun and games until your 8 and 11 year olds get taken. Why were they allowed to go ride bikes so far away from home!?!? Model parenting.

inthezone

What they did in their past could have a lot to do with it. People seem to think that the choices they make have no bearing on the future and what happens. That's absolute ignorance - I hope for the families sake that who they knew in their "past" are not involved.

Scoot

Their history may not have anything to do with it but trouble seems to find the same people over and over again when they look for it. I would like to know why they concluded so quickly their child was abducted though if they didn't think their past had anything to do with it. Clearly that's in the forefront of their mind. Child abduction is far more random than say a murder case is though so maybe the two aren't related.

hdeen

Family history aside, the CURRENT pending charges against the father DOES have an influence because it thrusts the couples childen in harms way of a seedy criminal element and lifestyle; something the children have no say in. At best they are irresponsible for having put their children in this setting.

Can anyone rule out that the children were abducted as a means of revenge on the parents? Revenge fom a past drug deal gone bad or revenge where one of the parents got someone jail time?

Hizoyer

I hope I'm wrong in saying this, but from day one I've always thought that the mom has been way to cool, collected and "okay" with the girls disappearance. She hasn't ever one seemed rattled. Again I pray I'm wrong, but this new news being released must be looked into.

BabyGirl0437

OMG! why is everyone being so judgemental who gave you the right to judge anybody! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE! and people change and when it comes to someones kids no matter their "history" they come first! These families need prayers not judging. Grow up people pray for the two INNOCENT girls who are MISSING!

Scoot

Drug deal gone bad, quite possible. It sounds like there were a lot of people involved in these drug deals and people that are strung out on meth are the most dangerous and unpredictable type of drug user. Just did some research and 76% of kidnappings are by relatives or acquaintances and the percentage is more like 85% with kids this young. This tells me that there's a great chance the parents at least knows who did it and it's not random. These parents obviously lived recklessly with their own lives by cooking meth in the house with a small child and beating up each other. It's too bad the child had to grow up in this type of environment.

outoftown
outoftown

I knew this information a couple days ago , heard it from someone who heard it from someone else,.. so you never know what to believe ya know. But seeing it now in the courier it must have some merit to it. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has thought the mom is a little bit to calm for me. I don't care how many interviews I have done, if my child was missing I would be a complete mess in every interview. There is alot more to this story then meets the eye and it wont surprise me one bit if they parents aren't some how involved.

bigblklady
bigblklady

I am not gonna judge anyone; but I am gonna say that his past is relevant. I do not think it should be help against him, but it is something to know. And I think it is good they are cooperating with police. I am sure they are already on this- but I would for sure be keeping my eyes on the other 2 who are in trouble for the drug crimes. The one who had pretrial the same day as abduction. But again, I am sure they police know exactly where they are.

BabyGirl0437

ok first off everyone needs to get something straight the parents werent there when this happened the mom was at work and the dad was at his mothers house with his son! you people need to stop judging them and just pray for the 2 little girls omg

HS0716

I'm sorry but in missing and abducted children cases, wouldn't the first LOGICAL thing to do be to look into the family? I am not a huge fan of the way things have been handled from the get go. They are concentrating on one area for too long. I agree with the family (partially) they are concentrating too much on the lake. The authorities are no longer looking for two little girls, they're looking for bodies. As for the families "scrutiny", their past is their past BUT it could definitely play a part in this! And I have to be honest, a domestic violence charge, drug charges, and two missing little girls do not sit well with me. I have also thought from the beginning that the mother of Lyric was too calm. Also from the looks of the support and prayer pages on Facebook, this has now become about getting the family money... its been a week, shouldn't we all stay FOCUSED on getting the girls back. Let them pay their own bills and put the money toward a reward, if (and I pray this does not happen) the girls are not found then create a scholarship or something in the girls name!

wujethro
wujethro

HIZOYER: i SO agree with you...it got me thinking about the evelyn miller case, where the "fiancee" was charged with manufacturing meth after the investigation. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/49772247.html anybody remember the honken case where the guy and his girlfriend murdered 5 people, including 2 children, to eliminate them as witnesses? innocent children CAN get involved when mom n dad are meth heads. http://globegazette.com/news/local/honken-johnson-timeline/article_87cddd5e-755c-11e1-b87a-001871e3ce6c.html

renjon7798

I agree that from the very first interview, Lyric's mother has been very calm and not seemingly upset at all that her daughter is missing! Id be a wreck and hysterical if my child was missing. Something about it just rubs me the wrong way. As far as the past of this family; anyone who believes that doesn't play a MAJOR roll in the investigation is nuts. This puts a whole new spin on where the investigation team will carry out the search. Whether the family/father had anything to do directly with the missing girls isn't for us to say, but it does shed new light on the situation.

But there has to be something going on that the public doesn't know about because the investigation is being concentrated in one area. If the police/fbi had solid evidence to expand the search, they would. Something is keeping them close to the lake but they don't want to share that information yet. At least, that's my belief.

I pray for the girls, that they are found alive and returned to those who love them. I pray for the families of the girls also. No matter what may be buried in someone's past, no family deserves to loose a child.

txhawk36
txhawk36

I have questioned the mom since the beginning, but unfortunately so many past cases make my mind think that. I work in LE so I know that parents will hurt/kill their children, but this story gives me hope that the parents were in on it, and have them hidden somewhere ALIVE. I think their chance of survival is higher than if they were truly abducted by a stranger.

cindersoot

At first I thought it was very mean to say the mother has no emotion, BUT my gosh, she has makeup on and calm as anything.? I would be a mess. Wierd for sure.

youngfiftysomething

I'm sorry but it is totally unfair to judge mom by how you think you would react in the same situation. First, this is one of those situations in which you can't possibly know how you would react/act until you are in it. You may think you know but you don't. Second, she probably realizes that giving in to her emotions at this time will not help her daughter. Now is the time when she needs to be focused and doing everything she can to find her daughter. There will be time for hysterics later.

Also, since there are very few clues as to why these girls are missing, then the authorities have no choice but to look at every possibility. Unfortunately, it becomes a process of elimination to narrow down what happened. Nobody can know if the past problems has anything to do with it until it has been investigated.

whtnationalist
whtnationalist

I have been criticized for trying to keep the transient worker population in mind during investigation. Sex offenders were investigated, so why not other high risk populations? This morning an article came out about the Ft. Hood killer. The FBI didn't investigate him before the shootings because of political correctness. Had they done their job 13 people would still be alive. Exactly my point.

knight

Even parents who have lived model lives are going to be under the lights of an investigation of a missing child. Now add questionable behavior on the part of these parents and the lights get a little brighter. With their criminal past there have been plenty of undesireable people in their lives and directly or indirectly in the lives of their daughter. You're darn right the officials will be looking at mom & dad as well as all their "friends & business associates". So much for victimless crimes.

kheagel

It's so hard to get over the statistical probability that these girls were taken by someone they know. In the interview with Lyrics parents the father declines to comment on somethings and according to the first article they said their daughter would never travel that far, but in the interview the dad says "again" I just talked to her about that last week. Why is her last name hyphenated by the way (just a question I have). The area seems to be too "staged". There is no reason the purse would be tossed this way and left the bikes so nice and neat up against the fence. It just seems that they never went anywhere and have either been taken by someone they know (or sort of know) or someone from the parents "shady pasts".

anno1180

I submitted a blog earlier that didn't get posted. I'm suspecting the Courier thought it was too harsh. Maybe if I reword it they will post it. I think the family would be wise to use the donated money they are receiving to hire a lawyer to be their spokesperson. I don't think the interviews that Lyric's parents and her aunt Tammy have been giving have been beneficial. I think it would be in the family’s best interest to keep out of the spotlight and let a professional do all the talking for the family.

timbrackett
timbrackett

I don't get the "mom is too calm" line. Mom is in shock! Hard drugs are a bad business, but two girls are still missing.

wujethro
wujethro

https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp//SelectFrame...........Daniel Morrissey.....Misty Morrisey....take a look and see if YOU are surprised they are under intense scrutiny.

IowanAtheist

[quote]bigblklady said: "I am not gonna judge anyone; but I am gonna say that his past is relevant. I do not think it should be help against him, but it is something to know. And I think it is good they are cooperating with police. I am sure they are already on this- but I would for sure be keeping my eyes on the other 2 who are in trouble for the drug crimes. The one who had pretrial the same day as abduction. But again, I am sure they police know exactly where they are."[/quote]

Interesting change in opinion, here. I recall you arguing for hiding this exact information from potential employers. Either this information has merit, or it does not. You can't have it both ways.

Dave88

The issue with past behavior is it sets up a pattern of poor judgement on the part of the parents. Poor judgement and bad decision making in one aspect of your life can lead to bad decisions in other parts of your life especially when is comes to meth. That being said I am no way stating that these parents had anything to do with this.

Kitty

anno1180 I agree with you. They are digging a hole for themselves by talking to the media. Now that an attornty has told the parents to stop talking they need to tell Tammy the aunt that she isnt helping matters much either. The family members have shown no emotion durning these interviews. None of these family members looked shocked either. I feel for Elizabeth's parent for having to listen to their family durning these interviews. I can hardly listen to them myself. We pray for their safe return.

takeastand

I know someone take this the wrong way but I have say it. It says the lawyers told them to keep quiet and take no more polygraphs. But I just cant help but to think that if it were my children I would say and do whatever to get them back. If the parents were not involved then I am sure that is nothing to worry about with talking to the press and taking more polygraphs. something just does not sit well with me.

BenjiBoy

The Morrissey parents know what happened. They know.

dlr

I noticed a convicted child abuser at the Lake. Maybe she feels remorse for what she allowed to happen to her 4 chilren. Than I read her name in this article, the courier should be careful who they publish. I know people overcome their past but she had more than one chance.

timbrackett
timbrackett

If you were at the Evansdale PD at 8am last Saturday morning and looked into the eyes of these family members, you saw enough emotion to understand the pain they feel.

smalltowngal

a couple days too late to tell them to shut up. They're all over CNN and local media telling about their "past" even though Dad has "current" charges he hasn't went to court for yet. Its not like we're talking about things they did 20 years ago...there are some very fresh issues here. Not saying people cannot change but one guess why they might be clean now and have found God is because they're on supervised probation. Just a guess. They need to talk...but only to give names of people that might have a grudge against them and have these girls!

Loodood

Trouble finds trouble. Words to live by.

Loodood

BabyGirl0437 said on: July 18, 2012, 11:04 pm
OMG! why is everyone being so judgemental who gave you the right to judge anybody! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!


...I thought God didn't judge???


CFROCKS

GlAdThEyRGone said on: July 19, 2012, 1:38 pm
Everyone keeps talking about the parents and all of their ideas of where the kids are, if you're theories were right they would have found these kids by now wouldn't they? It's been one week since they ran away, I just hope the parents will enforce punishment and ground them when they get back.

P.S. Don't text and drive.

My thoughts exactly...who's to say these girls didn't run off somewhere? Why must it be that they were taken? Just my 2 cents...


moonstruck

Maybe I watch too many crime dramas but don't the authorities coach the parents and family before they appear before the media? I mean just in case the abductor (if there is one) is watching? I am in no way defending the apparent lack of emotion on the moms part ....just throwing it out for an answer.

Loodood

Imagine your kids missing and suddenly your lawyer tells you not to speak to the only two sources that can help you now--the police and the media. Why he didn't tell them to not talk to the national sensationalists on HLN I will never know.

Loodood

[quote]timbrackett said: "If you were at the Evansdale PD at 8am last Saturday morning and looked into the eyes of these family members, you saw enough emotion to understand the pain they feel. "[/quote]

Perhaps it was pain due to guilt--knowing their past decisions caused this to happen?

renjon7798

the criminal records show quite a story...

IowanAtheist

[quote]takeastand said: "I know someone take this the wrong way but I have say it. It says the lawyers told them to keep quiet and take no more polygraphs. But I just cant help but to think that if it were my children I would say and do whatever to get them back. If the parents were not involved then I am sure that is nothing to worry about with talking to the press and taking more polygraphs. something just does not sit well with me."[/quote]

To be fair, most lawyers say to never volunteer information to the police. Here is a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik) of a talk given by a law professor saying to *never* volunteer information to the cops, since it can come back to bite you. If they cannot find an actual suspect, police have been known to twist something innocent said by a relative in order to close the case.

IowanAtheist

[quote]Loodood said: "BabyGirl0437 said on: July 18, 2012, 11:04 pmOMG! why is everyone being so judgemental who gave you the right to judge anybody! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!...I thought God didn't judge???"[/quote]

No more than the Easter Bunny does....

Jimbo

Loodoodsaid on: July 19, 2012, 2:21 pm

BabyGirl0437 said on: July 18, 2012, 11:04 pm
OMG! why is everyone being so judgemental who gave you the right to judge anybody! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!


"...I thought God didn't judge???"


Oh, I'm pretty sure God judges. (Judgement Day???)

pantherfan1

Wylma Cook on Wednesday confirmed that Lyric had tried to run away from home several days before the cousins were reported missing. She said Lyric packed a bag after her father got mad at her for not completing her chores.

“She headed for the door, and I grabbed her,” Cook said. “She dropped the backpack and I hugged and kissed her and I said it’ll be OK.”

prettypetey

[quote]...I thought God didn't judge???"[/quote]

i HOPE God judges! If (s)he doesn't, i could be pretty P'Od about the things some people have gotten away with during their earthly lives ...

pantherfan1

Here is the problem people. When something like this happens or anything where you are questioned and you think you might be hiding something that doesn't relate, it doesn't matter because when it is found out it raises red flags about honesty and just putting everything out on the table. Anything is possible in this situation. Maybe they were sold into sex slavery? Also, the parents need donations for gas, cell minutes, etc yet they are staying in a hotel to get some rest? Whatever.

evansdale80

[quote]Panther14 said: "It's all fun and games until your 8 and 11 year olds get taken. Why were they allowed to go ride bikes so far away from home!?!? Model parenting. "[/quote]

Really? They were never to ride that far, but did you do everything your mom said when you were 8-10? I grew up here and i rode my bike everywhere at 10, this is a safe place and stuff like this doesnt happen in evansdale...you CANNOT watch your kids 24/7! get real!

peace12

Here we go......there are no answers to where these girls are. These parents are going through hell, but the media wants to continue to make a story and make it worse for these families. They have been up front about their past. They don't deserve this. The courier needs to stop some of these hurtful blogs. I think the family is going through more than we can imagane....but go ahead and kick while someone is down.

evansdale80

its about time someone told them to stop talking to the media....i understand you want to get the news out national but now that it is, definitely stop the interviews...rumors are flying around this town and thats what they are; Rumors! I agree the one mom is acting strange but i think its just her personality not because she knows or has anything to do with them disappearing.

evansdale80

[quote]pantherfan1 said: "Here is the problem people. When something like this happens or anything where you are questioned and you think you might be hiding something that doesn't relate, it doesn't matter because when it is found out it raises red flags about honesty and just putting everything out on the table. Anything is possible in this situation. Maybe they were sold into sex slavery? Also, the parents need donations for gas, cell minutes, etc yet they are staying in a hotel to get some rest? Whatever."[/quote]

whered you read they were staying in a hotel? also remember while these two girls are from the same family they are 2 separate families....I know the collins are not in a hotel, as they live here in town and i see cars there everyday...morrisseys i have no idea so that is why i ask where yyou read this info at. Also the collins havent asked for any money any donations. theyre very nice people and i feel sorry that the negative perception everyone has about the morrisseys past and thier interviews is reflecting on them and steering everyone away from the important task at hand: FINDING THOSE GIRLS! I pray for both families and no judgement on the morrisseys for their past as i believe they both just want their girls home safe.

point of view

True people of faith, who place all their beliefs in God are not going to fall apart. They are going to stand strong and walk their talk .... and this is what I see in the mother every one is attacking. Remember her charges were in 2003 WAY in the past.
Personally, I feel this was a crime of opportunity and has nothing to do with the family or the lake. Having pre-cursors to meth for the purpose of manufacture is not big time crime that would lead to retaliatiation of this magnitude. Just my opinion but I'm seeing maybe a drug addict and not a drug king.

FDloo

[quote]evansdale80 said: "Really? They were never to ride that far, but did you do everything your mom said when you were 8-10? I grew up here and i rode my bike everywhere at 10, this is a safe place and stuff like this doesnt happen in evansdale...you CANNOT watch your kids 24/7! get real!"[/quote]

What an ignorant comment. No matter where you live, stuff like this can happen. I hate to break it to you, but Evansdale is clearly not the safe haven you think it is. There are plenty of criminals there...trust me! Also, good supervision goes a long way. When I was that age, I didn't travel across town by myself. I was allowed to play around the block, and my mother kept an eye out.

FDloo

[quote]CFROCKS said: "GlAdThEyRGone said on: July 19, 2012, 1:38 pm Everyone keeps talking about the parents and all of their ideas of where the kids are, if you're theories were right they would have found these kids by now wouldn't they? It's been one week since they ran away, I just hope the parents will enforce punishment and ground them when they get back.P.S. Don't text and drive. My thoughts exactly...who's to say these girls didn't run off somewhere? Why must it be that they were taken? Just my 2 cents..."[/quote]

Giving the life Lyric has been dealt, it would not be surprising if she did want to run away...I would! But, why would she ditch her bike? Even kids this young are smart enough to know that bikes would be key to getting far away from home. The only reason I can see them running away and ditching the bikes is if they had planned on meeting someone there to run away with them. I wouldn't be surprised if Lyric had met someone online and planned an escape that way. In the past couple months I have reported to Facebook that my underage relatives (aged 4 and 10) have accounts that should be closed...nothing was done! If the parents don't care, and the service providers, like FB, don't care...then who will advocate for these kids?

FDloo

[quote]outoftown said: "I knew this information a couple days ago , heard it from someone who heard it from someone else,.. so you never know what to believe ya know. But seeing it now in the courier it must have some merit to it. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has thought the mom is a little bit to calm for me. I don't care how many interviews I have done, if my child was missing I would be a complete mess in every interview. There is alot more to this story then meets the eye and it wont surprise me one bit if they parents aren't some how involved."[/quote]

That's a bad rule of thumb to follow; hearsay isn't suddenly solidified just because you hear it from the media. The job of the media is to sensationalize and bring your attention to a story so that you watch/click/see their advertisements. They aren't some good Samaritans who deliver important, unbiased news. Before anything was mentioned about their criminal history, I searched the families names on IowaCourts(free and quick service that publishes legal records). I took the time to write a summary of it and submitted it to HLN and the courier. The courier rejected it, but jumped on the wagon once HLN profiled it.

FDloo

[quote]moonstruck said: "Maybe I watch too many crime dramas but don't the authorities coach the parents and family before they appear before the media? I mean just in case the abductor (if there is one) is watching? I am in no way defending the apparent lack of emotion on the moms part ....just throwing it out for an answer."[/quote]

They do, but not in the way that you are thinking. They sometimes coach the families on not giving details on certain evidence or leads. The authorities would NEVER coach someone to show no emotion.

whtnationalist
whtnationalist

Now that the meth making by the father has come out we know why the mother insisted they were abducted. Making meth gets the meth smugglers upset. And they are not very nice people! It explains why the FBI is acting like Keystone Cops (a comedy). After 8 days in warm water any body would be floating. It is all a diversion. The real question is exactly who abducted the children and if they are still alive.

83grad

Just because they are draining the lake doesnt mean they aren't looking elsewhere. It's not going to hurt anything to search the areas where it's deep, just to be sure. I'm sure it's easier for them to follow up on leads with everyone else watching the lake. I personally think they were abducted and the bikes placed there. Maybe it has to do with the parents past, maybe not. The police are way ahead of everyone. I don't know the morriseys, but heard about their criminal history on Saturday. Also, I see nothing wrong with the family talking to the media. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes, and I appreciate them telling us what they know. I'm not judging anyone. I just hope they find these girls alive, and soon.

83grad

Oh, and id like to add that the morriseys are separated. Clearly she made the right choice to leave the marriage, in light of the drug and assault charges. Lets give her credit for that.

Panther14

[quote]evansdale80 said: "Really? They were never to ride that far, but did you do everything your mom said when you were 8-10? I grew up here and i rode my bike everywhere at 10, this is a safe place and stuff like this doesnt happen in evansdale...you CANNOT watch your kids 24/7! get real!"[/quote]

Well, I grew up in Waterloo, which isn't exactly safe all over, 24/7. So yep...I listened to my parents. I couldn't ride my bike more than around the block until I was probably in 6th grade or so. I agree that this is very unusual for Evansdale (not so much Waterloo). But with my childhood and where I grew up, no. I could not ride off on my own when I was their age. Especially not if the other person I was with was an 8 year old. That's just asking for trouble.

JD Kinnick
JD Kinnick

After taking lie detector tests...I'd say "enough is enough". At this point let the professionals (attorney) do the talking as innocent people got to prison everyday. At some point "self preservation" needs to kick in.

Voting Public

I think it's tragic that these girls have gone missing for so long. However, I have a question that I hope someone can answer for me. Why are we raising funds for the family? Is the family paying for the search and rescue effort being made, or are the taxpayers? Just wondering.

Scoot

voting public, that's a great question!! Sounds like someone threw this walk together without really knowing what they were doing or what the cause really is. They probably just wanted to get their name in the paper, redneck public relations I guess. This case is just becoming very bizarre.

Scoot

I just hope these girls are found and they have some good things happen in their lives because it sounds like they've had it pretty rough.

anno1180

The taxpayers are paying for the search, not the families. It's my understanding the donations are to help the families with everyday expenses. The Collins have not returned to work since the disappearance,which is understandable. I believe they own their own business therefore it's understandable that they would benefit from donations. Dan Morrissey is unemployed and Misty started working at Caseys only a few days before the disappearance. I have heard disturbing "rumors", from a reliable source, that the Morrissey's are spending money on things that most people that donate would be upset about. Rumors? Maybe. Maybe not. Personally I believe what I am hearing.

smalltowngal

[quote]83grad said: "Oh, and id like to add that the morriseys are separated. Clearly she made the right choice to leave the marriage, in light of the drug and assault charges. Lets give her credit for that. "[/quote]

you do realize Misty just got out of prison in May for drug charges, right?? She is no angel in this situation either. Lyric has been raised by Heather and the Grandma most of her life. Either Misty was high or in jail. Certainly not sticking up for Dan but just want the record straight that neither one of them were parents to Lyric.

Roselady

It seems Misty and Dan have had a troubled past. They have both came in contact with alot of poeple that could be mad about a bad deal or maybe something Dan or Misty may have said. Making meth, selling meth, taking meth all bad. what kind of people do they know and who do those people know. I would like to give a donation, but what would it be used for?
I am still praying that Elizabeth and Lyric will come home soon.

eliza_50648

[quote]outoftown said: "I knew this information a couple days ago , heard it from someone who heard it from someone else,.. so you never know what to believe ya know. But seeing it now in the courier it must have some merit to it. I am glad to see I am not the only one who has thought the mom is a little bit to calm for me. I don't care how many interviews I have done, if my child was missing I would be a complete mess in every interview. There is alot more to this story then meets the eye and it wont surprise me one bit if they parents aren't some how involved."[/quote]

I just watched the video of the parents talking to the media and the dad looks FAR more emotional than the mother. I'm not a mother, but if my child had been missing for almost a week, I would not be smiling and laughing with the press. Someone knows something, but no one is talking.

bigblklady
bigblklady

[quote]IowanAtheist said: "Interesting change in opinion, here. I recall you arguing for hiding this exact information from potential employers. Either this information has merit, or it does not. You can't have it both ways."[/quote]

Two COMPLETELY different situations!!!

I am not even gonna try to defend this one cuz it is common sense!

someoneiniowa

[quote]Voting Public said: "I think it's tragic that these girls have gone missing for so long. However, I have a question that I hope someone can answer for me. Why are we raising funds for the family? Is the family paying for the search and rescue effort being made, or are the taxpayers? Just wondering."[/quote]

Amen to this and what ano1180 said! I am sorry for this situation and these families but why are we donating money to them which they are then spending at the casino? I understand if they need a way to blow off steam or find a distraction. But really, the casino? I'm glad I wasn't fooled into donating.

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