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Birthday Gathering Planned for Girl Abducted From Evansdale

EVANSDALE, Iowa – Feelings of sadness will mix with a scene of celebration as community members gather to honor the birthday of one of the missing Black Hawk County girls. Tuesday marks Lyric Cook’s 11th... Read More »

DCI Accepting Tips on Missing Cousins Through Email

EVANDALE, Iowa - Now, at nearly two months since Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were last seen in Evansdale, the pink ribbons and bows remain. A handful of stuffed animals sit under the sunshine of a... Read More »

2-month Prayer Vigil Held for Missing Cousins

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Thursday marked two months since two Black Hawk County Cousins were last seen. The community and family members gathered for a prayer vigil at the Countryside Vineyard Church in Evansdale.... Read More »

School Year Begins Without Missing Cousins, New Dismissal Policy in Place

EVANSDALE, Iowa – The start of the school year in the Waterloo district won’t be the same without missing cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Thursday is the first day kids will walk into their... Read More »

Father of Missing Iowa Girl Seeks Change of Venue

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The father of one of two missing Iowa cousins is asking for his trial on drug charges to be moved. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Daniel Morrissey's attorney says... Read More »

Kidnapping Victim Tells Family of Missing Cousins "Miracles do happen"

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Smart, who was held by a kidnapper for nine months, is reminding the families of two missing Iowa cousins that "miracles do happen." Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and her cousin... Read More »

Collecting Signatures for "Cousins Law" at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa - The mother of a girl missing for a month from Evansdale is driving daily to the Iowa State Fair to staff a booth looking for answers into her daughter's case and getting signatures for... Read More »

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

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... Read More »

Iowa Cousins Still Missing After One Month, Leads Lend Hope

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa girls have been missing for a month, but the FBI says leads make investigators believe the girls are still alive. Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and her cousin Elizabeth Collins,... Read More »

Fundraiser at Cedar Falls Church Helps Continue Search for Missing Girls

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – On Sunday, people gathered at Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls to remember 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook. Investigators believe these girls were abducted... Read More »

Mothers of Missing Girls Attend Vigil and Walk

EVANSDALE, Iowa - As the search for Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins reaches four weeks, more than 150 people came out on Friday Night to the lake that is so crucial in the case. "We are just so grateful... Read More »

The Search for Elizabeth & Lyric: Four Weeks Later

EVANSDALE, Iowa - It has been four weeks since two Black Hawk County cousins disappeared. 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins were seen riding their bikes toward Meyers Lake in Evansdale... Read More »

Iowa State Fair Booth Draws Attention to Missing Girls

DES MOINES, Iowa - Thursday marked the start of the 2012 Iowa State Fair, it also marked day 28 since the disappearance of 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook. Investigators believe... Read More »

Booth at State Fair to Feature Info About Girls Abducted from Evansdale

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair says a police booth will display information about two missing Iowa cousins and accept tips about their whereabouts. The fair faced harsh criticism online Tuesday... Read More »

Police Flooded With Tips on Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — The high-profile case of two missing Iowa cousins inspired a flood of tips to law enforcement while the girls remain unaccounted for. The Des Moines Register reports law enforcement... Read More »

Iowa Racecar Driver Helps Spread Word and Faces of Missing Girls

NEWTON, Iowa- A racecar driver is doing his part to raise awareness about the disappearance of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. Iowa native, Michael Annett, will show the faces of Cook and Collins and... Read More »

FBI Investigators Return to Meyers Lake in Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - FBI officials returned to Meyers Lake Friday to follow up on a lead in the search for two cousins who have been missing for three weeks. Sandra Breault, spokeswoman for the FBI, confirmed... Read More »

Police Checking Tips On Suspicious Vans Following Abduction Attempt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Roger Johnson said he parked his white van in the parking lot of a video store next door without thinking twice. Cedar Rapids police said they have taken several reports of suspicious... Read More »

FBI Says Search for White Van in Evansdale Case Prompted by Report of Attempted Abduction

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - FBI spokesperson Sandy Breault confirmed to that the search for a while van and a possible person of interest in Evansdale was prompted by the report of an attempted abduction... Read More »

FBI Says Man Questioned in Evansdale Abduction Case Is Not A Suspect

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A person of interest in the case of two missing girls turned himself in to authorities after the FBI has released surveillance photos of him Wednesday night. The FBI said they believe... Read More »

Authorities Investigate Possible Links Between Missing Girls, Attempted Abduction

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities investigating the disappearance of two cousins in Evansdale last month said there are currently no indications that the case is connected to an attempted abduction in Cedar... Read More »

NASCAR Driver to Showcase Missing Girls at Iowa Speedway

EVANSDALE, Iowa --- The search for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook Morrissey will get another push into the national spotlight this weekend when a local hockey player turned NASCAR driver showcases the... Read More »

Missing Girl's 9th Birthday is Tuesday

EVANSDALE, Iowa – Hope comes in many forms for the community of Evansdale. Tuesday, it came in the form of cupcakes. By the end of the day all the mini cakes --- organizers estimate there are about 1,500... Read More »

WATCH: Parents of Elizabeth Collins Speak to the Media on Her 9th Birthday

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The parents of Elizabeth Collins spoke to the media on Tuesday, Elizabeth's 9th birthday.... Read More »

Families of Missing Cousins Struggle With Worry

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Family members of two missing Iowa girls are struggling with the unknowns while law enforcement continues searching for the young cousins. The Des Moines Register reports that... 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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