Investigation at Seven Bridges Park Ends; Autopsies Complete

By Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Investigators examine the site where hunters found two bodies in Seven Bridges County Park on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Bremer County, Iowa. The bodies were taken Wednesday afternoon to the State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny, Iowa, for identification. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

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 of the remains, although the results aren’t finalized.

Hunters found the bodies at 7 Bridge Wildlife Area on Wednesday, concluding the search for the two cousins who were last seen riding their bikes in Evansdale.

Officers with Evansdale police, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, FBI, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Black Hawk and Bremer county sheriff’s offices blocked off the former county park while they processed the scene and gathered evidence for three days.

They left late Friday, and Capt. Rick Abben with the Black Hawk sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing.

“The evidence that was taken out there and so forth, it’s all got to be processed,” Abben said.

The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny completed the autopsies of the remains on Friday, according to Dr. Dennis Klein. He said the results remain pending the outcome of further tests.

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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.



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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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