Iowa Official: Psychics Not on Payroll

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A simple question made last December has snowballed into a bit of a controversy in Iowa. Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Brian London asked investigators looking for two missing cousins if they had tracked down any tips from psychics.

He happened to ask the question the same day the bodies of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were found in northeast Iowa. Since then, London has faced questions at a meeting whether his department pays for psychics. He was also told to “correct the record” that it did not.

Department spokesman Rob Hansen said Thursday that it needs to be made clear that the department does not pay psychics to help solve cases. Hansen said, however, that investigators should follow every lead including those from psychics, particularly when other leads dry up.

He added that the department is not using psychics as, “some sort of philosophy.”


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