Wylma Cook, grandmother of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, believes that her son-in-law is responsible for their disappearance. She believes he snitched on other local drug users and dealers and one of them took the girls. This seems highly likely. It would stand to reason that, because Dan Morrissey's drug habits, Lyric may have even known some of these people and trusted them.Ten-year-old Lyric and 8-year-old Elizabeth were last seen on July 13. Their bikes and Elizabeth's purse were found in the Meyers Lake area of Evansdale, Iowa.
Morrissey was due in court next week on several charges relating to the manufacturing and delivery and possession of methamphetamine, as well as for beating his estranged wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey. However, he was granted a month continuance in this case, the judge saying she "understood" the search for his daughter had distracted him. She did remind him that he faces very serious charges and must be ready to proceed on August 28. He had been set to accept a plea agreement the day before the girls went missing, which would have drastically cut the amount of time he would serve. However, he decided not to accept it, as he wasn't ready to go to jail. Ah, the criminal mind is a wonderful thing. One might think, hmmmm, if he just mans up and takes his punishment without snitching, maybe the girls will magically re-appear. Probably wouldn't want to see the reverse side of that.
The grandmother also said Dan Morrissey had recently met with police and allowed them to go through the contacts on his phone. With the kind of charges he has pending, you know some of those numbers belonged to people just waiting to be arrested. Their names are likely on some list of suspects somewhere, waiting to be tied to something with enough evidence to arrest them.
Working with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI is Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson and his department. So far, it would seem no one could accuse this guy of flubbing up the investigation, but only time will tell. There's probably not a whole lot of crime in rural northwest Iowa, but who knows? Didn't Ashton Kutcher come from there? Sheriff Thompson said, "We're not ruling anything out with regard to the investigation, to include Daniel Morrissey's criminal history, his known associates, any prior or future criminal activities." Well that's good. Thank you, Sheriff.
Recent surveillance footage shows the girls pedalling away from Meyers lake soon after they left the house. So how did their belongings get to the lake and they didn't? Did an enemy of Dan Morrissey take the girls? What does he want for their return? Or did Dan Morrissey hire someone to take them to keep himself out of prison? He knows enough people of questionable character, he probably could find someone to do it. If he's a snitch, he won't last long in prison. All of these are unanswered questions.
There is still a $50,000 reward for information leading to the girls. Have you seen them?