Missing Boy's Mother Helping in Search for Black Hawk County Girls


Photos and information about 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who went missing from Evansdale four weeks ago, sit on a table at Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation booth at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 in Des Moines. The DCI booth at the Iowa State Fair will help get nearly one million people to see the faces of two little girls in hopes of getting a tip that might bring the girls home. (Jillian Petrus/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa -The mother of missing paperboy Johnny Gosch is helping Wednesday in the search for two missing Iowa girls from Evansdale.

Noreen Gosch will be at a booth setup at the Iowa State Fair to help collect clues in the case. The booth is located in the Grandstand in the Hall of Law.

Gosch was 12 years old when he went missing in West Des Moines on Sept. 5, 1982.

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

Last Thursday, Collin's parents were at the State Fair.

The booth features pictures of the girls and has fliers. Officials said people from Iowa and outside the state coming to the fair could offer new clues in the case. Fliers are being handed out at the booth.

DCI agents said last week that that they received at least one tip at the State Fair on Thursday that they are following up on.

Evansdale police said they continue to receive tips from the public and encourage anyone with even minor information to come forward.

A $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.

Anyone with information on the case should call 319-232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.


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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.


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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