Monday 6AM Update: Officials Begin Fourth Day of Search for Two Missing Girls

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By Aaron Hepker

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The search for two girls has entered its fourth day. No one has seen Lyric Cook, 10, or Elizabeth Collins, 8, since Friday afternoon.

After hundreds of volunteers turned out this weekend to assist in the search, authorities have suspended the volunteer search for today. Authorities said that they are suspending the volunteer search for they can evaluate the information they already have to plan their next course of action. They said since the girls went missing, the public has been very cooperative and helpful.

The volunteer search ended at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Authorities decided at 7 p.m. another full-scale search with the public’s help won’t be held today since the vast majority of people are volunteers, including Evansdale firefighters coordinating the search effort, and need to go back to work.

“Officers are thinking let’s wait-and-see what comes up. Right now there’s nothing more to check, we’ve already covered about 12 square miles,” said Capt. Rick Abben with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

However, Abben said law enforcement officials will continue their around-the-clock investigation and search for the children.

Officers will follow up on tips, interview family and friends and search homes in the southern two-thirds of Evansdale, he said. Police are contacting known sex offenders in the area to learn about their whereabouts on Friday and are looking at other possibilities.

“Just a continuous 24/7 operation,” said Abben, who’s acting as public information officer for the case.

Authorities are asking anyone that was on the bike trail Friday or with information to call the Tip Line, (319) 232-6682. It’s manned 24 hours.

Donors have established $15,500 in rewards — up from $5,000 on Saturday — for those with information that results in Lyric and Elizabeth being located. Monetary donations can be made at 1st Security State Bank in Evansdale.

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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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