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Community to Honor Lyric and Elizabeth

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Investigators are still getting calls regarding two Iowa cousins whose bodies were found a year ago about 25 miles from where they were last seen. Gerald Meyers of the Iowa Division... Read More »

Scammers Seeking Donations For Slain Iowa Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Scammers have been going from door to door in some parts of Black Hawk County, seeking cash they say is for two slain cousins. Elizabeth Collins was 8 and Lyric Cook was 10 when... Read More »

Family Members Reflect on First Anniversary of Evansdale Abduction

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Sometimes it's easy to forget a hot summer day. But not July 13, 2012. "I remember it pretty much minute by minute,” said Heather Collins. "I remember the whole entire day, my whole... Read More »

One Year After Evansdale Abduction, Investigation "Very Active"

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A year ago Saturday, two cousins enjoying a summer bike ride vanished from a lake near Evansdale. The girls’ bodies were found in December, leading to a murder investigation that is... Read More »

Nearly One Year After Evansdale Abduction, Families Frustrated by Investigation

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Nearly a year after two Iowa cousins were abducted and killed, family members and police remain frustrated by the investigation's slow progress. Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook... Read More »

Heather & Drew Collins Talk About New Tips, Investigation Nearing One Year

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Investigators have new information in the disappearance case of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins. Each day investigators are searching for clues. Now, they've found something. "We... Read More »

Memorial Service Held for Lyric Cook

WATERLOO, Iowa — A memorial service was held Friday for Lyric Cook, one of two girls who disappeared from Evansdale in July 2012. Lyric and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, disappeared from Evansdale last... Read More »

Officials to Rename Park, Trail for Cousins Abducted from Evansdale

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The City of Evansdale is honoring the memory of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins by renaming areas of Meyers Lake. The two girls were abducted last July and their bodies were found in... Read More »

Details of Cousins' Death Causes Won't Be Released Soon

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities won't be releasing details anytime soon about what caused the deaths of two cousins whose bodies were found in a park about 25 miles from their homes in northeast Iowa. Evansdale... Read More »

Evansdale Citizens Propose Ways to Commemorate Slain Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The 13th of July will forever be remembered as the day two young girls vanished in town. A day that changed the lives of two families and a community. The Evansdale Chamber of Commerce... Read More »

Arrests in Missing Cousins Case Just Rumors

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock tells that rumors of an arrest in the investigation of the missing cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are not true. "To date, there... Read More »

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Life of Elizabeth Collins

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — As they have all along, the people turned out for Elizabeth Collins. Hundreds waited in line to speak to and comfort the girl’s family members during a visitation preceding the Life... Read More »

WATCH: The Life & Love of Elizabeth Collins Celebration

Watch the "The Life and Love of Elizabeth Collins Celebration" held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls.

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Family of Elizabeth Collins Speak About Case

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — In a brief news conference before a celebration of life event for their daughter Elizabeth, Heather and Drew Collins answered questions on a number of topics ranging from their faith... Read More »

Community to Celebrate Life of Elizabeth Collins

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A bright smile and bubbly attitude will be among the characteristics many say they'll miss about Elizabeth Collins. Friends and family members will gather Thursday night to celebrate... Read More »

WATCH: Parents of Elizabeth Collins Speak to the Media on 12/13

Heather and Drew Collins, the parents of Elizabeth Collins, spoke to the media prior to the "Life & Love Service" held for Elizabeth on Thursday, December 13, 2012.... Read More »

Autopsy Confirms Bodies Found in Bremer Co. Are Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that the two bodies found last Wednesday in the 7 Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County are Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Hunters... Read More »

Investigation at Seven Bridges Park Ends; Autopsies Complete

BREMER COUNTY, Iowa - Authorities have left the rural Bremer County park were bodies believed to be Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins were found last week. And officials have concluded the autopsies... Read More »

"Cousins' Law" Could Fill in the Gaps for Iowa's Missing Children

EVANSDALE, Iowa - "Cousins’ Law" is a bill that a neighbor in Evansdale proposed about three months into the search for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Lyric Cook-Morrissey was 10-years-old and Elizabeth... Read More »

Social Media Stirs Worldwide Sympathy for Abducted Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Gary McGowan lives in Bozeman, Mont. He has never visited the Cedar Valley. But he watched a small Facebook discussion group turn into a nonstop army of action to find two young girls... Read More »

What's Next in Missing Girls Investigation?

ANKENY, Iowa — Forensic expert Steve Martin said medical examiners will study every inch of the bodies found this week in rural Bremer County. The team will look for everything from blunt force trauma... Read More »

Central Iowans Gather to Honor Evansdale Cousins

DES MOINES, Iowa - Around 100 people attended the vigil in Des Moines on Saturday night, and while most of them do not know Lyric Cook or Elizabeth Collins, they still felt a strong connection to the two... Read More »

Fund Drive Starts for Missing Cousins Memorial

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A fund drive is under way here for a permanent memorial for abducted cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins. Workers at Casey’s General Stores in Evansdale, Elk Run Heights,... Read More »

Hundreds Wear Pink For Lyric And Elizabeth

WATERLOO, Iowa - Pink flooded the Young Arena in Waterloo on Friday night as hundreds of people honored Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Eastern Iowans are still struggling with the news that authorities... Read More »


The Life & Love of Elizabeth Collins Celebration

Parents of Elizabeth Collins Speak to the Media on 12/13

Authorities Confident Remains Belong to Missing Girls

Authorities Announce Discovery of Two Bodies

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Authorities are asking anyone who has any information on the case to call the tip line, at 319-232-6682 or send an e-mail to

A reward of $150,000 has been established for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


Friday, July 13, 2012
  • 2:48PM Cousins Lyric Cook & Elizabeth Collins are reported missing      
  • 2:50PM Law enforcement begin searching the girls
  • 4PM Firefighters find the girls’ bike at Meyers Lake
  • 4:30PM Search of Meyers Lake begins
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