Police: Search for girls still urgent

Authorities say a lot is done 'behind the scenes' to find girls who vanished July 13.

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:00 am

EVANSDALE, Iowa -- On a recent Wednesday afternoon, as the case of two missing cousins entered its third week, officers descended on an Elk Run Heights home.

Marked sheriff's office squad cars pulled up, with two nondescript cars in tow. Uniformed deputies took up positions around the house. Plainclothes detectives and FBI agents knocked at the door.They talked with the resident and checked in an old camping trailer in the backyard.

Then the lawmen left. The whole episode took about 45 minutes. No trace of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, of Waterloo, and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins, of Evansdale, was found.

The nationwide hunt for the cousins, whom police believe were abducted on July 13, continues.

Searches don't happen every day. Organized search parties no longer comb the countryside. Police aren't out in force checking cars at intersections. The national media is no longer camped out in town.

But law enforcement officials want to reassure the public that everything that can be done is being done to find the girls. Tips continue to come in, and leads are thoroughly investigated.

"It's still our top priority, and we're using all resources available to find the girls," said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock on Tuesday. "It's easy to see why some people get frustrated not seeing action ... but there's plenty being done behind the scenes."

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