July 19, 2012
In the six days since Misty and Daniel Morrissey’s 10-year old daughter Lyric Cook and her 8-year old cousin Elizabeth Collins disappeared last Friday, the Evansdale couple has said they have been questioned so extensively by police that it is now getting on their nerves.
“You tell them the truth and they say, ‘You’re holding something back,’ and you’re not. What is left to talk about? You know, we go over and over and over again,” Daniel Morrissey told KCCI Des Moines this week. “It made me feel like, ‘Yeah, they’re looking at me like a suspect.'”
Both Daniel and Misty have criminal records. In fact, Misty, whose maiden name is Cook, was just released from federal prison on May 30 after being convicted of nine crimes, including illegal drug use, association with persons involved in criminal activity, excessive alcohol use, and failure to comply with drug testing.
Eight years earlier, in 2003, she was sentenced to four years behind bars after she plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Her sentence was later shortened to five months in prison and one year of supervised release. In 1998 she was found guilty of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and in 1997 she plead guilty a false report to law enforcement, a crime for which she was sentenced to six days in jail.
Misty also ran into trouble along with one of her bosses. According to court papers, Misty played a role in a meth operation run by David Mickelson, her former boss at the BIG Ten Mart in Waterloo, Iowa.
“Cook testified that she obtained pseudoephedrine pills from various people and provided them to Scott Reavis, who used them to make methamphetamine,” court records state.
Cook twice purchased case quantities of pseudoephedrine pills from Mickelson – for $1,400 a case – and provided them to Reavis to make meth. Mickelson was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture meth and distribute pseudoephedrine with that intent. He was sentenced to 121 months in jail.
The revelation of Misty’s criminal past comes at a time when she finds herself in the national spotlight. In an interview with ABC News Wednesday morning, she said she had talked to the police time and time again as authorities have investigated what happened to Lyric and Elizabeth.
“We’ve done extensive interviews, hours at a time. We’ve done polygraphs. We have taken many phone calls, answered many questions,” she said. “We’ve given our phones up. All of our data has been, you know, taken off of our phones. In fact, my sister and my phone is now not – our touch screens aren’t working very well. So we’ve cooperated to the fullest, you know.”
Former FBI special agent Brad Garrett believes investigators are looking closely at every aspect of the parents’ lives.
“What comes into question is how does that play into what is presently going on in their lives? And more particular, does it have any relationship to these two missing girls?” Garrett said.
In the weeks before the girls’ disappearance, Misty and Daniel were having problems at home – they were preparing to file for divorce after being separated for years.
“They are not a couple,” Misty’s sister Tammy Brousseau told ABC News Wednesday. “They are currently separated and maybe well on the way to a divorce.”
Daniel Morrissey, who has a criminal record himself, told ABC News Tuesday that he was trying to keep his emotions in check during this difficult time.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
415 469991157 61
his path of destiny = 61 = Lyric Cook and her 8-year old cousin Elizabeth Collins disappeared last Friday.
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