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Bodies Found Confirmed to Be Missing Iowa Cousins

FBI(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- The two bodies found by hunters in Iowa last week are those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, the state’s medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday.

The Evansdale Police Department has notified the girls’ families, according to a release by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office. The confirmation was expected after comments last week by the police and Elizabeth’s family.

After the bodies were found by hunters in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in the northeastern part of the state, authorities said Wednesday they were “confident” that they had found the remains of Lyric, 11, and Elizabeth, 9.

The two girls went missing on a mid-day bike ride in July. Late Wednesday, Elizabeth’s mother Heather Collins said in a statement posted on her Facebook page that the family was aware that there were two possible outcomes and “unfortunately this is not the one that we wanted.”

The sad news comes nearly five months after the girls’ disappearance.

The two were last seen on a bike ride in the small town of Evansdale just after noon on July 13. While their bicycles and a purse were found that day by Meyers Lake, near the center of town, the search for the girls dragged on and on with no result. In the following week, authorities drained the lake and canvassed the area, but to no avail.

The Seven Bridges Wildlife Area where the bodies were found is about 25 miles from Evansdale.

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Dad of Missing Iowa Cousin Postpones Drugs and Battery Trial

ABC News(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- The father of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who disappeared while riding bikes with her cousin in Iowa earlier this month, will not be put on trial for separate drug or domestic abuse charges until August, an Iowa judge said Friday.

Daniel Morrissey, 36, appeared in a Waterloo, Iowa, court Friday in relation to four cases in which he is charged with assaulting his estranged wife and Lyric's mother Misty Morrissey, and possessing, making and dealing methamphetamines.

A judge in Iowa's Black Hawk County agreed to delay the trial, according to the Des Moines Register.

Investigators say Lyric Cook and her cousin Elizabeth Collins left their home to ride their bikes shortly after noon July 13. Their bicycles were later recovered on a trail near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa. Both of their bicycles were recovered on a trail near the lake about four hours after they were reported missing.

Last week the case was reclassified as an abduction.

Misty Morrissey and her husband Dan, the separated parents of Lyric, had stopped answering investigators' questions on the advice of their attorney late last week, although Misty submitted to a second polygraph test Tuesday.

Earlier this week authorities in Iowa investigating the disappearance of the girls obtained new video of the missing girls from the day they vanished. Although the footage of the two girls lasts only seconds, investigators say they now are analyzing it for any clues that could lead to information about the girls

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said Monday that investigators believe the two girls are alive, although she would not offer any details to explain their confidence.

A $50,000 reward is now being offered for information that would lead to their being found.

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