A search for two Iowa girls missing for more than three days has thus far revealed few clues, and family and friends of the girls acknowledged Monday that they've become discouraged.
Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, who are cousins, were last seen Friday about noon when they left their grandmother’s house in Evansdale on their bicycles, said family friend Renee Wrabek.
The bikes, along with Elizabeth’s purse, were later found near Meyers Lake, a mile and a half from the house.
Over the weekend, hundreds of volunteers searched for the girls, and donors came up with $15,500 to offer as a reward for their safe return.
Still, no new information has been found in the city of 4,700. Authorities dragged the lake and on Monday began draining it, a process expected to take about three days, Rick Abben, chief deputy of the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.