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Investigators searching for missing Iowa girls
Search for 2 missing Iowa cousins likely to broaden now that case is considered abduction
By The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) Experts in child abduction cases say law enforcement officials will likely have to expand their search for two missing Iowa girls now that the cousins' disappearance is considered an abduction case.

But the experts say it's hard to tell exactly what's going on because law enforcement officials likely aren't disclosing everything they know about the disappearance of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

FBI officials said Saturday they are confident the girls are alive.

David Finkelhor is director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He says investigators may be more dependent on tips from the public now that it's considered an abduction.

Finkelhor says abductions by strangers are so rare that it's difficult to predict what might happen.

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