Leads still coming two years after cousin's bodies found

Leads still coming two years after cousin's bodies found

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EVANSDALE | New leads have developed in the case of missing cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins.

But authorities said they aren’t on the brink of getting to the bottom of the tragedy.

"It's nothing that's super promising, but it shows that people are still giving us information and it hasn't fallen by the wayside,” said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock.

He said new information came within the past month.

Lyric and Elizabeth were 10 and 8 when they disappeared in Evansdale on July 13, 2012. Today marks two years since hunters found their remains in a wooded area near the Wapsipinicon River at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County.

No arrests have been made in their deaths.

“The case continues to take different turns. It’s so complex because there are so many different avenues that this case took from the start,” Smock said.

He said typical criminal investigations take a particular direction early on, but that wasn’t the case with the cousins’ disappearance. He said red flags authorities saw at the beginning, including pending drug charges against Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrissey, compounded the complexity.

“Each door we opened didn’t lead us to a dead end. It led us to another room with two, three, four, 10 doors in it that we had to follow through,” Smock said.

Now into the third year, detectives have been revisiting those old leads, and experts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been reviewing the mountains of information they have gathered.

Officials continue to offer rewards for tips that close the case.

A $150,000 reward, raised privately and by the FBI, is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. On top of that, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has a $20,500 reward for anyone coming forward with information that simply leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Evansdale Police tip line at 232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-8477.

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