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

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

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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 realize that we have three different people. Two early-on and one just a couple months ago that came forward with information that identified a white SUV-type vehicle,” Chief Smock said.

Each witness reports the older, box-style SUV at three different locations on or near Arubutus Avenue. That's right next to the eastern edge of Meyers Lake where the girls' bikes were found. Police believe it may have looked like a Chevy Suburban, Ford Bronco or similar vehicle.

Cook-Morrissey, of Waterloo; and Collins, of Evansdale; were last seen on July 13, 2012, riding their bicycles in Evansdale. The girls’ bodies were found on Dec. 5 in Seven Bridges Wildlife Park in Bremer County, about 20 miles from Meyers Lake. No arrests have been made.

Elizabeth Collins's parents, Heather and Drew, are somewhat hopeful after hearing the new information about the white SUV on Monday. After all this time, however, they wanted so much more.

"It's hard too just because you are hoping for more information, you know, something like more would come out than this vehicle description, but we are just always waiting for the day to find out what really happened,” said Elizabeth’s Father Drew Collins.

Along with the investigators Drew and Heather are urging anyone with any information to step forward.

Heather and Drew just miss their little girl and simply want some closure.

"We are already going on a year. We had hoped to really have found the person that had done this,” said Heather Collins.

Police want to talk to whomever was in that white SUV or anyone who might know the person driving that vehicle on July 13. It was spotted three times between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which is about when the girls were last seen. Investigators are stressing that the person in the vehicle is not considered a suspect or suspicious person.

If anyone knows anything, police ask you to call the tip line at 319-232-6682.

Cook-Morrissey, of Waterloo; and Collins, of Evansdale; were last seen on July 13, 2012, riding their bicycles. The bikes and Elizabeth’s purse were found near the recreational trail around Meyer’s Lake in Evansdale. A massive search for the cousins was launched and involved multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The girls’ bodies were found on Dec. 5 in Seven Bridges Wildlife Park in Bremer County, about 20 miles from Meyers Lake. No arrests have been made.

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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 ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.us.

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



Timeline

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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