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Police Seek to 'find a killer' of Lyric & Elizabeth

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — A sheriff investigating the apparent kidnapping and slaying of two Iowa cousins said Friday that the discovery of the young girls' bodies is a long-awaited break in the case that... Read More »

Community Remembers Lyric and Elizabeth at Christmas Tree Vigil

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The search for Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins may be over but their memory will always remain in the hearts of many Evansdale and Northeast Iowa residents. Dozens gathered... Read More »

Officials “Confident” Remains Are Those of Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa — Black Hawk County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben Thursday said police are confident the two bodies found in Seven Bridges wildlife area in Bremer County Wednesday are the missing cousins.

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Sheriff: 2 Bodies Found in Bremer Co., Mother of Missing Girl Reacts to News on Facebook

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Five months after two young cousins vanished while riding their bikes, residents of the northeast Iowa community where they were last seen are anxiously waiting to hear whether two... Read More »

Waterloo Schools Offering Counseling to Classmates of Missing Girls

WATERLOO, Iowa - The Waterloo Community School District is offering counseling to students, staff, parents, and others following the announcement that two bodies found Wednesday are believed to be those... Read More »

Reactions Pour in On Social Media Following Developments in Missing Cousins Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hundreds of people have reacted on Facebook and Twitter to the latest developments in the case of two girls reported missing in Evansdale, following Wednesday's announcement that two... Read More »

Families of Missing Cousins Await Identification of Bodies Found on Wednesday

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Five months after two young cousins vanished while riding their bikes, residents of the northeast Iowa community where they were last seen are anxiously waiting to hear whether two... Read More »

Dozens Attend Vigil in Evansdale for Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa — Hours after authorities announced a devastating find potentially linked to the disappearance of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, community members gathered in somber remembrance. About... Read More »

Source: Bodies Found in Bremer Co., Possibly Related to Missing Cousins Case

EVANSDALE, Iowa — Authorities Wednesday said hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. While they did not say they were the missing girls from Evansdale, law officers said it was not the end they had... Read More »

Donor Offers Up to $100,000 Reward in Missing Cousins Case

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says an anonymous donor is offering to add up to $100,000 to a reward for information leading to the return of two missing cousins and the arrest... Read More »

New Reward Fund Organized for Missing Black Hawk County Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A collection drive to boost the reward fund for two missing Black Hawk County cousins got an official kick off from family members and law enforcement Monday afternoon. The search for... Read More »

Month Long Fundraiser for Elizabeth and Lyric

EVANSDALE, Iowa – A month long fundraiser will help raise the reward money for two missing Black Hawk County cousins. Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were last seen on July 13th in downtown Evansdale.... Read More »

Former Intelligence Specialist Weighs-in on Evansdale Abduction Case

PLATTEVILLE, Wisc. - Sabina Burton is a former intelligence specialist with an emphasis in forensic psychology and terrorism. She has worked with different federal authorities consulting on extreme cases... Read More »

Feds to Drop Petition Against Misty Morrissey

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A hearing for a Waterloo woman on a federal supervised release violation set for Wednesday morning in Cedar Rapids was cancelled because prosecutors changed their mind about revoking... Read More »

Feds: Inmate Falsely Claimed Info on Missing Girls

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say a Cedar Rapids inmate made phone calls falsely claiming to have knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing Iowa cousins. Federal prosecutors say in a filing that... Read More »

Community Gathering to Mark 4 Months Since Evansdale Abduction

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Tuesday marks four months since the disappearance of 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her 11-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook-Morrissey. Authorities believe the girls were abducted from Evansdale... Read More »

Mother of Missing Girl to Appear in Court

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mother of one of two missing Iowa cousins must appear in federal court to face allegations she violated the terms of her supervised release in a decade-old methamphetamine case,... Read More »

Family of Missing Cousins Passes Out Candy For a Cause

WATERLOO, Iowa - As parents and kids go through their treats on Wednesday night, some might also find the pictures of two familiar faces. It's been three and a half months since two Black Hawk County... Read More »

Friends of Missing Evansdale Girls Keep Vigil

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Friends and supporters of two Iowa girls who've been missing since July plan to distribute fliers on Halloween to maintain public awareness. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says... Read More »

Police Re-canvass Evansdale for Missing Girls

WATERLOO, Iowa - Investigators were expected to wrap up a “re-canvassing” of neighborhoods this afternoon in an attempt to garner new information that may help find two girls that went missing from Evansdale. Cousins... Read More »

Iowa Hunters Look for Clues About Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Friends of the two young Iowa girls who have been missing since July are asking hunters to watch for clues about the missing cousins. FBI officials have said they believe Lyric... Read More »

Elizabeth Smart Gives Advice to Evansdale Family, All Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa - Elizabeth Smart was in Iowa Thursday to talk about how to better protect children. "If my child was approached, I would tell them kick that person so hard, scratch their eyes out,"... Read More »

Family of Missing Cousins Attend Preventing Abuse Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa - For three months, Drew and Heather Collins have hoped, pleaded and prayed for the safe return of their daughter, Elizabeth Collins, and niece, Lyric Cook. Friday was no different, except... Read More »


The Life & Love of Elizabeth Collins Celebration

Parents of Elizabeth Collins Speak to the Media on 12/13

Authorities Confident Remains Belong to Missing Girls

Authorities Announce Discovery of Two Bodies

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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

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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