By Timothy Meinch
Evansdale, IA (Des Moines Register) - Authorities in charge of the search for two missing Iowa girls have begun to drain Meyers Lake to definitely rule out the location in their hunt for the two missing girls.
The lake was "dragged" Sunday, but no clues were uncovered.
Law enforcement agencies began stopping vehicles traveling near the lake Monday where the bicycles of the two missing girls were found; some of the vehicles were searched.
In addition, door-to-door searches are continuing in this town of 4,500.
"It wouldn't be proper for me to stand here and tell you we have a theory, because we don't," Black Hawk Sheriff's deputy Rick Abben said at a news conference today. "We have two missing girls and we have no idea why. There's no new evidence or anything that has been found."
Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, were last seen about 12:15 p.m. Friday by their grandmother as the girls were leaving on a bike ride. The girls' bikes were found about 4 p.m. Friday at nearby Meyers Lake. Authorities are now asking that anyone who saw the girls to call the tip line: 319-232-6682
Over the weekend, an estimated 1,900 volunteers helped search the 12-square mile area around the lake and city, Abben said.
Early this afternoon, authorities began stopping all vehicles along the roads near the Evansdale Community Response Center and Meyers Lake to talk to drivers and ask permission to search vehicles.
Around 1:30 p.m., some lines of traffic were backed up for several blocks and drivers expressed frustration about the road blocks during the hottest part of the day -- temperatures were around 95 degrees.
Late this morning, the parents of Elizabeth Collins - Heather and Drew Collins - spoke with Good Morning America and other reporters, stating they have not given up hope.
Heather said the family has already forgiven any culprits who may be involved in the girls' disappearance and that she does not even want to know who they are.
"I just want them back," Heather said of her daughter and niece, noting she believes they were abducted. "We're just sticking together and praying."
Drew described his daughter as "very girly, but she's also rugged and likes to explore." He and Heather said she loves cuddling and the color pink.
Abben said agents and officials are continuing door-to-door investigations, and a search and rescue boat is making rounds on Meyers Lake, where the girls' bikes were spotted.
He also said the bikes and Elizabeth's purse are the only leads and pieces of evidence officers have uncovered.
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