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Cousins, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey were last seen on July 13, riding their bikes near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa. An extensive search has been conducted and police recently announced this is now an abduction case. As normal, investigations into the families has started. And disturbing information is coming out.

Missing Iowa Girls

Misty and Daniel Morrissey, the estranged parents of Lyric Cook both have criminal records that appear to be causing concern for police.

Misty was just released from federal prison on May 30 after being convicted of nine crimes, including illegal drug use, association with persons involved in criminal activity, excessive alcohol use, and failure to comply with drug testing. Eight years earlier, in 2003, she was sentenced to four years behind bars for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

Dan has recently been charged with assaulting his estranged wife and possessing, manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. Morrissey had been expected to accept a plea agreement July 12, the day before the girls vanished, but decided not to do so because he was not ready to go jail. Prosecutors had cut his sentence from more than 45 years to 10 years, because he has cooperated and given investigators information on other meth makers in the area. Since the early 1990s, Daniel Morrissey has been convicted of burglary, theft, drug possession, intoxicated driving, parole and probation violations and interference with official acts.

Could Lyric’s parents drug connections have caused their abduction? Could the girls have been taken by a rival meth maker out of revenge for cooperating with police? Or could the girls have been taken by a family member to keep them safe from Lyric’s parents?

To me, these don’t sound like the people who deserve to care for a child and I only hope that the girls are found safe soon. When found, I hope the state can place Lyric in a safer home environment.

*Not fact or fiction, these are just my musings.

Born in La Mirada, California, Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in English/Literature. Garcia is the author of the Luc Actar crime series (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger: A Death Valley Mystery). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair.
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