Abduction fear grows for missing Iowa cousins

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DAVID PITT
Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - The families of two missing Iowa cousins say their worry that the young girls might have been abducted is growing as a search of nearby lake winds down.

Authorities drained the lake Tuesday after FBI dogs detected the girls' scent near where their bicycles were found four days earlier.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said the reaction from the dogs Monday night indicated a "strong possibility" the girls had been at the lake, less than a mile from their grandmother's house where they were last reported seen Friday. However, Breault said because there were no confirmed sightings at the lake, authorities couldn't be certain.

Chief Deputy Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office said the case was still considered a missing persons investigation.

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