Evansdale community holds out hope, even as time passes

Still no sign of missing girls, six days after disappearance

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Wednesday marks day 6 in the disappearance case of two Eastern Iowa girls.

Lyric Cook, 10, and her cousin Elizabeth Collins, 8, went missing on Friday. Their bikes were found at Meyers Lake.

As the days roll by, the girls’ families are hoping for some kind of clue as to their daughters' whereabouts.

“I’m scared, I’m concerned for them. But I’m still trusting in God, and will until the day that I die, and pray they will return home,” said Lyric’s mother, Misty Morrissey.

Authorities decided to start draining Meyers Lake on Monday.  Many are watching and waiting as the process continues throughout the week.

Investigators are hoping to rule out the possibility that the girls are at the bottom. Many people who live in the community are spending time at the lake and watching it go down, but it can’t go fast enough.

“Slow, very slow,” said Evansdale resident April Martin.

April Martin and Jeremy Towsley sat on a bench near the lake for about eight hours overnight. They finally went home at around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“We’ve been out here since 11 last night,” Martin said.

“We got high hopes, hoping they are not here in the lake and that they’re somewhere safe,” Towsley added.

Others who stopped by said they were restless. Many people within the Evansdale community are having problems getting to bed.

“Sleepless nights, I haven’t been able to sleep more than a few hours a night,” said former Evansdale firefighter Billy Fischels.

Instead of the nightmares that await them when they hit the pillow, they know they’re living their own nightmare right here in the small community.

“If anything, once the lake is drained completely, I just hope it gives some sort of an ease to people,” Fischels said.

Family members, however, aren’t turning to the lake for any explanations. They still believe someone abducted the children. According to Morrissey, there are no likely suspects.

“There’s not anyone that I’m considering that I know could have done this or that, my family knows but we, as well, have turned to that line of thinking. Just because we have searched for so many days through such a large area, Waterloo, the Evansdale area and haven’t found anything,” Morrissey said.

Investigators are continuing the search and ask anyone with any ideas on what could have happened to the girls to call police at 319-232-6682.

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