EVANSDALE, Iowa - A memorial service for Lyric Cook-Morrissey, one of two young cousins abducted from Evansdale in July, was held Friday.
Wilma Cook, Lyric’s grandmother, said the service came at the insistence of Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrissey, who made the request three weeks ago.
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Morrissey, who entered guilty pleas to seven drug charges in March in Black Hawk County District Court, was released from jail in order to attend the service; court documents indicate he made a furlough request to attend. A private "celebration of life" service for Lyric also was held in December at Heartland Vineyard Church
Lyric and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, went missing July 13; their bicycles were found near Meyers Lake. A local and nationwide search ensued. Their bodies were found in December about 20 miles away in a wooded area near Readlyn in Bremer County. Authorities have made no arrests and continue to investigate the case.
Heather Collins, Elizabeth Collins’ mother, has said a public burial service for her daughter will be May 4 at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Collins said in an online post that the service will be part of the healing process.
Funds are being raised for a permanent memorial for the girls. The park at Meyers Lake, where the girls were last seen, will be called Angels Park, and an adjacent lakeside trail will be called Trail of Angels.