10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins disappeared from Evansdale on July 13th. Authorities launched a massive search effort the first several days to find the girls. Despite few details to report, the FBI maintains someone took the girls and they’re possibly still alive.
Authorities say they are following up on every tip that comes in. Some of those leads are actually from people claiming to be psychic. The sheriff’s office admits it’s a little out of the box, but a local private investigator tells us now is the time when families and police start looking at different methods and resources in any missing persons case.
“I think they don’t want to give up,” said Jim Whitmer, a Waterloo PI with seventeen years of experience. He’s never worked a missing person case, but says this is when families start thinking about hiring a PI.
Deputies say they’ve taken 80 tips from psychic mediums claiming to know the girls location.
“They are all giving their opinion,” Chief Deputy Rick Abben said, “No two are having the same vision I guess you could say.
It appears the police force here recognizes that psychic tips hinder rather than help. I wonder if they know which tips are from self-proclaimed psychics. I hold the opinion that police should outright REJECT claims from psychics but advise the family if they wish to pursue such leads. Psychic help has ONLY been shown to be a drain on resources because they have NEVER directly helped solve a crime or find a body. They are never that direct and clear but they like to say they are after the fact.
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Alan Koslow would love it if people had psychic abilities.
“But if you make extraordinary claims you need extraordinary proof,” said the Des Moines vascular surgeon, who is president of the Skeptics of Central Iowa. “If you look at the history of this, not a single case in the U.S. have they helped police.”
In many cases, psychics use vague clues, such as the body is near water, which could be most places in the U.S. except for arid regions, he said. Then they will say it’s near a shrub. “They usually say 20 or 30 different things.”
His organization is the affiliated local testing agency for the James Randi Foundation’s challenge to any psychic: If they can prove they are psychic, they will be awarded $1 million. The contest has exceeded two decades without a winner.