Cousins Elizabeth and Lyric Vanished while riding their bikes near their grandmother's house on Friday July 13, 2012. Their bicycles and Elizabeth's purse were found later that day near a bike trail at the edge of Meyers Lake in the northeast Iowa city of Evansdale. Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said the draining of the nearly 5-acre lake began Monday and could take up to three days. Officials believe it will go faster due to the low level of the lake and the Cedar River into which it drains. Authorities previously dredged the lake and have been interviewing family, friends and registered sex offenders who live in the area. Abben said local, state and federal officials have been "grasping for straws" in the frantic search. A tip line turned up numerous reports of articles of clothing that had been found, but none belonged to the girls. He said it was as if they had just disappeared. "It wouldn't be proper for me to stand here and tell you we have a theory because we don't," he said. "We have two missing girls, and we have no idea why.'' He said the decision to drain the lake was made to rule out with 100% certainty that the girls are not in the water. Once that's done, all resources can be used elsewhere. FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said the agency was working to get photos of the missing girls onto more billboards and websites. She said the bureau was sending in dogs trained to search for human scents in the area where the girls went missing. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/elizabeth-collins-lyric-cook-morrissey-cousins-search-bicycles_n_1675795.html
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