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Tuesday 10PM Update: Day 5 Comes to an End, No New Clues in Missing Cousins Case

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The Cedar Valley is pressing on into day six of a desperate search for cousins 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins. “Just imagine it’s your own child,” said Marty... Read More »

Tuesday 8PM Update: “A Different Summer” After Girls’ Disappearance

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Usually a popular spot on a hot summer day, the beach at Meyers Lake drew a different sort of crowd Tuesday. Children were closely watched by anxious, distracted parents as the lake slowly... Read More »

Tuesday 5PM Update: Law Enforcement on Missing Girls: "We are still working this as a 24-7 operation"

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Authorities continue to drain Meyers Lake and follow tips in the search for two missing girls, but officials haven't had any new information in connection with the disappearance. "We... Read More »

Tuesday 3PM Update: Lyric's Parents Remain Hopeful; Believe Girls Are Not in Meyers Lake

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Family members of the two missing girls in Evansdale continue to "try and stay positive" as the search presses on for Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, which now is... Read More »

Tuesday 4PM Update: Authorities Hold Daily Press Briefing

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.... Read More »

Tuesday 12PM Update: Investigators Tape Off Larger Section of Lake As Search for Missing Girls Continues

EVANSDALE, Iowa – Authorities taped off a larger section around the shoreline of Meyers Lake Tuesday morning, stepping up search efforts in the area around the lake for any sign of the two Evansdale girls... Read More »

Tuesday 10AM Update: Missing Children Spokesman Remains Hopeful in Hunt for Lyric & Elizabeth

EVANSDALE, Iowa - A volunteer with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said Tuesday the agency boasts a 98 percent to 99 percent recovery rate for missing children --- alive or dead. Pat... Read More »

Tuesday 6AM Update; Community Waits for Lake to Drain

EVANSDALE, Iowa – Inch by inch Meyers Lake is going down. It normally takes up to three days, but because of the dry conditions, authorities expect it could be done much quicker. At 7:00 a.m. Tuesday... Read More »

Monday 10PM Update: Hundreds Gather at Vigil for Missing Girls

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- At the close of day four of the investigation into the disappearance of two girls, hundreds gathered to pray passionately and with confidence for their safe and speedy return. An... Read More »

Monday 10PM Update: Mother, Aunt of Missing Girls: "I just want them back"

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The parents and the uncle and aunt of two missing girls say they’ve “forgiven” whomever took the children Friday. Police aren’t calling the disappearance of 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins... Read More »

Monday 5PM Update: Lake Being Drained in Missing Girls Case

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Officials have started draining Meyers Lake as the search for two missing girls continues Monday. City officials said they are draining Meyers Lake as part of the search for Elizabeth... Read More »

Monday 4PM Update: Authorities Meet with Press, Announce Lake Draining

Watch the entire press conference with the media that took place at 4PM on Monday, July 16, 2012.... Read More »

Monday 3PM Update: Authorities Stopping Cars in Evansdale in Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Law enforcement officers stopped motorists Monday afternoon at a number of intersections in the city of Evansdale as an apparent part of the effort to locate two missing girls. Lyric... Read More »

Monday 2PM Update: "We Just Want These Girls Back", Few Clues in Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa – The search in Evansdale for two missing girls has entered day four with authorities saying they have found few clues along the way. "We really have nothing new that I can tell you,"... Read More »

Monday 12:30PM Update: Family of Missing Cousins Vow 'We Will Find These Girls'

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The family of missing cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook are determined to find the girls, even as they struggle to make it through the "fourth day nightmare," with no clue as to... Read More »

Monday 11AM Update: Authorities Brief the Press On The Latest Details

Authorities give an update on the search for the two missing girls.... Read More »

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

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... Read More »

Missing Girl's Family Has Faced Adversity Before

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Drew and Heather Collins are no strangers to adversity. Their faith in God, they say, gets them through trying times. Friends say the family of six has plenty of experience. In November... Read More »

Sunday 10PM Update: Second Full Day of Searching for Missing Girls Finds Only Frustration

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Another day of searching produced no new leads to explain the disappearance of two Black Hawk County girls. Authorities said Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin Lyric Cook, 10, were... Read More »

Sunday 5:45PM Update: Volunteers Wrap Up Day of Searching for Two Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - The volunteer search in Evansdale for two girls who went missing Friday afternoon has wrap up for the day, authorities announced at 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Searchers are looking for Lyric... Read More »

Sunday 12:45PM Update: Search for Missing Evansdale Girls Enters Third Day

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Search parties headed out at about 8 a.m. today to help find two girls that went missing in Evansdale Friday afternoon. Now in the third day of the search, family and authorities aren’t... Read More »

Sunday 12:45PM Update: Donations Roll in for Volunteers Searching for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Area residents and businesses are making sure hundreds of volunteers and emergency workers searching for two missing girls are well fed and stay hydrated. Donations of water, sports... Read More »

Sunday 7AM Update: Authorities, Volunteers to Resume Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Hundreds of volunteers and emergency workers will resume the search this morning for two missing girls, though the mother of one child fears the cousins were abducted. Misty Cook-Morrissey... Read More »

Saturday 10PM Update: Hundreds Search for Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Nearly 400 people searched Evansdale on Saturday in hopes of finding two missing girls. 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and her cousin, 10-year-old Lyric Cook, were last seen Friday around... Read More »

VIDEO: On Second Day of Search, Authorities Give Update on Missing Girls

EVANSDALE, Iowa - At 5 PM on Saturday, July 14, 2012, Capt. Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office told media that there has not been any leads to the two missing girls Lyric Cook of Waterloo and Elizabeth Collins of Evansdale.


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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