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Mother of abducted cousin pleads guilty to drug charges

Mother of abducted cousin pleads guilty to drug charges


WEST UNION | The mother of one of two young cousins abducted from Evansdale and found dead in 2012 pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday.

Misty Morrissey pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine in Fayette County District Court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She is the mother of Lyric Cook Morrissey, who disappeared July 13, 2012, while riding her bike with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, in Evansdale. Their bodies were found in December 2012 in a rural wildlife refuge in Bremer County, and no arrests have been made in their deaths.

The former Waterloo resident was arrested Nov. 25 after a search discovered that she was allegedly in possession of and selling controlled substances out of her West Union home.

On each count, Morrissey was fined $1,000, which was suspended for good behavior. A request for furlough was denied. She will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of the sentence.


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WEST UNION | The Fayette County Sheriff's on Monday re-arrested Misty J. Cook Morrissey for violation of her pre-trial release from jail on an earlier drug charge.

Morrissey, 37, of West Union and formerly of Waterloo, is the mother of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, one of the two little girls kidnapping and murder in the summer of 2012 in Evansdale.

Morrissey was originally arrested by Fayette deputies in November after a search discovered that she was allegedly selling and possession controlled substance out of her West Union home.

She was released later on pre-trial to the Department of Correctional Services adult probation and parole. But on Monday, Morrissey's pre-trial release was revoked for several violations, including use of controlled substances.

Morrissey was transported to the Fayette County Jail and is being held on a no bond warrant at this time.

Her other charges are still pending from the November arrest.

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