Missing Cousins to be Featured in "Fireball Run"

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

A poster with photos of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who disappeared in Evansdale last Friday, adorn a utility pole across from the entrance to Meyers Lake in Evansdale, Iowa, Monday, July 16, 2012. Their bikes were found Friday afternoon near a bike trail at the edge of Meyers Lake in Evansdale. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Brandon Pollock)


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The family of missing cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins learned Thursday they will be featured in a national event to help find missing children.

The "Fireball Run" is a multi-state, sports car tour which raises awareness about missing children. This year's route starts on September 22nd, in Independence, Ohio. The tour travels through Pennsylvania and New York and ends in Bangor, Maine.

Since 2007, the organization has helped return 38 missing kids to their families. Now the family is hoping Lyric and Elizabeth will be the next to come home.

From flyers to Facebook, Chris Stechman is doing all he can to find his missing cousins.

Stechman said, "We have lots of hope that there's still a chance. Today being the two month anniversary we're extremely hopeful this will help and maybe a turning point. Maybe a new lead will come in that leads the way."

Stechman and his family first learned of the Fireball Run in 2010, long before the girls disappeared. Stechman said, "two years ago there was a run for the fireballers that came through the area. Galena, Illinois was the finish line."

Each of the 40 cars on the tour is assigned to one missing child. The drivers hand out "missing person" flyers to hundreds of people in communities along the route.

Stechman said, "to be selected we're extremely honored and very thrilled."

And while he's hanging on to hope, Stechman is also looking for a little luck. Stechman said, "They were abducted on Friday the 13th of July. Today is September 13th, so it's exactly two months later. And the car that is carrying their message is car number 13. So we are very hopeful."

For more information on the Fireball Run you can visit their website here.
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