Collecting Signatures for "Cousins Law" at Iowa State Fair

Drew Collins and Heather Collins parents of missing child Elizabeth Collins, 8, talk about the the community support they received since their daughter Elizabeth and nice Lyric Cook-Morrissey when missing 13 days ago, during an interview Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. The girls went missing after they went for a bike ride in Evansdale. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)


By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mother of a girl missing for a month from Evansdale is driving daily to the Iowa State Fair to staff a booth looking for answers into her daughter's case and getting signatures for the Cousins Law.

Heather Collins said she's at the fair just to get the word out and the pictures of the girls seen as much as possible. The booth is located in the Grandstand in the Hall of Law.

Authorities believe Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted on July 13 in Evansdale, a suburb of Waterloo.

The petition calls on Iowa lawmakers to change the Amber Alert to make it apply to more missing person cases. The petition is part of a measure called the Cousin's Law that would aim to get news out faster during the first couple hours of a missing persons case.

"I pray every morning and all through the day, just, 'Lord, give me strength to keep going and keep moving on,'" said Collins.


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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