Saturday 8PM Update: Volunteers Searching for Missing Girls Sent Home

By Addison Speck, Reporter

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Police, firefighters, and dozens of volunteers searched all day Saturday for two girls missing since the day before.

Eight-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook were last seen just after noon on Friday. They went out on a bicycle ride and never returned.

Crews used boats on Saturday to search Meyers Lake, where investigators found the girls' bicycles on Friday afternoon.

Volunteers combed the woods looking for clues, but didn't find any by the end of the day. A helicopter also patrolled overhead, looking for the pair.

Grieving relatives made a plea for their return. "Whoever has them, just turn them in. Let them loose anywhere so they can call me. Lyric knows my cell phone and she knows my house phone," Cook's grandmother Wylma said.

Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert because the case doesn't meet any of the requirements established to release one. Captain Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office said, "We have no person that we've seen, we have no vehicle that was described, so we can't issue an Amber Alert by their guidelines."

Officials sent the volunteers home at six o'clock after a day of searching. Firefighters and other officials will continue looking until it gets dark.
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