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Psychics Offer Help in Search for Missing Cousins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another group has joined law enforcement, volunteers and family in the search for two missing Iowa cousins — those claiming to be psychic. Eighty psychics have contacted the Black... Read More »

Saturday 10AM Update: Investigators in Evansdale Moving Out of Poyner Elementary School

EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Investigators searching for two missing girls are moving out of the school that has served as their command center for nearly two weeks. Capt. Rick Abben said Friday investigators... Read More »

Friday 8PM Update: Family & Friends Gather at Lake to Pray for Safe Return of Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A crowd numbering at least 200 people gathered Friday evening at Meyers Lake in Evansdale to once again pray for the return of two missing cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins,... Read More »

Friday 4AM Update: Judge Delays Trial for Father of Missing Girl

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed trials in four drug and domestic abuse cases pending against the father of one of two missing Iowa cousins, saying the two-week search for the girls had... Read More »

Thursday 3PM Update: Parents of Missing Girl: God Will Bring The Girls Home Safe

EVANSDALE, Iowa - It's been nearly two weeks since Drew and Heather Collins last saw their daughter, but the couple isn't giving up hope Elizabeth will be home soon. And the Evansdale couple prays no... Read More »

Thursday 2PM Update: Buttons, Shirts Feature Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Pink is the new fashion in the Cedar Valley. Paired with a button and matching bracelet, you've got a complete outfit that will surely turn heads. Creative Impact Co., 3511 Lafayette... Read More »

Wednesday 10PM Update: Surveillance Video May Be Last Known Sighting of Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A surveillance video showing two bicyclists may be the last glimpse of missing cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8. The blurry clip, which lasts only a few seconds,... Read More »

Wednesday 4PM Update: Dad of Missing Black Hawk Co. Girl Faces Trial Amid Search

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The father of one of the two missing Iowa cousins could learn Friday whether he must stand trial next week on domestic abuse or drug charges, raising the possibility that he could... Read More »

Wednesday 11AM Update: Mementos Renewed, Hope Endures for Word of Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A bright new bouquet of flowers is carefully tied to the wooden fence that surrounds the Meyers Lake parking lot. The multi-colored buds are a stark contrast to the now-wilted pair of... Read More »

Wednesday 9AM Update: No News Brings Continued Concerns for Child Safety

EVANSDALE, Iowa – Concerns are still running high thirteen days after two Black Hawk County girls went missing. Lyric Cook and her cousin Elizabeth Collins disappeared during a bike ride in Evansdale... Read More »

Law Enforcement on Abducted Girls: No New Information, Investigation Ongoing

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Investigators searching for two girls missing from Evansdale said they continue to follow every lead but they still have no solid evidence that can point them to the girls. Black Hawk... Read More »

Tuesday 2PM Update: Grandma of Missing Girls Has No Idea How They Biked to Lake

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The grandmother who was babysitting two Iowa cousins when they disappeared nearly two weeks ago after going for a bike ride said Tuesday that she has no idea how they ended up across... Read More »

Tuesday 12PM Update: FBI Spokesperson Says No New Information in Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - FBI spokesperson Sandy Breault of the Omaha office on Tuesday reported no new developments in the case of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Investigators continue to request the public's... Read More »

Tuesday 6AM Update: Prayers Continue for Missing Cousins

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - They knelt, they lifted their hands, they laid prostrate on the floor. And amidst petitions for awakening, repentance, restoration and peace, there was a simple plea to God: Bring... Read More »

Monday 10PM Update: Passing A Polygraph, Why a Test Might Give Mixed Results

EVANSDALE, Iowa - 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook have been missing for 11 days. Investigators believe someone abducted them from Evansdale on July 13th. The girls' bikes were found... Read More »

Monday 8PM Update: Counselors Help Parents, Kids Cope with Evansdale Disappearance

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities heading up the search of missing cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, had little new to add to the investigation on Monday. But Waterloo School officials did... Read More »

Monday 6PM Update: Search for Girls Abducted from Evansdale Will Likely Expand

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement officials will likely expand their search for two missing Iowa cousins now that the girls' disappearance is considered an abduction case, experts said. But experts... Read More »

Monday 4PM Update: Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Monday, July 23, 2012, when authorities announced they would now treat this case as an abduction. ... Read More »

Monday 2PM Update: Mom of Missing Evansdale Girl Says She Passed Second Polygraph Test

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — After submitting to a second polygraph test, the mother of one of two missing Iowa cousins said Monday the results should prove that she had nothing to do with their disappearance... Read More »

Monday 1PM Update: Authorities Looking for Meyers Lake Paddleboater, But Not As Suspect

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities investigating the disappearance of two girls from Evansdale on July 13 said Monday that they want to interview a person who was paddleboating on the lake around the time the... Read More »

Monday 11AM Update: Mom of Missing Iowa Girl Agrees to Polygraph, Aunt Says

EVANSDALE, Iowa — The aunt of two missing Iowa cousins said one of the girls’ mothers has agreed to take a second polygraph test to show she's cooperating with investigators. Tammy Brousseau said her... Read More »

Sunday 10PM Update: FBI Asking for Public's Help in Case of Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities are still searching for anyone who may have been at Meyers Lake before 3 p.m. on July 13, the day two cousins vanished from the community.

“Even if you think you... Read More »

Sunday 3:30PM Update: Authorities Hold Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire FBI press conference with the media that took place at 3:30PM on Saturday, July 22, 2012.... Read More »

Sunday 3PM Update: Law Enforcement Relying for Tips on Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Experts in child abduction cases say law enforcement officials will likely have to expand their search for two missing Iowa girls now that the cousins' disappearance is considered... Read More »

Saturday 10PM Update: Investigators Believe Missing Girls Are Still Alive

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Investigators still wouldn’t say they had any new leads Saturday afternoon, but stressed that they were “confident” both Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey are still alive. FBI... 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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