Arrests in Missing Cousins Case Just Rumors

EVANSDALE, Iowa - Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock tells KCRG.com that rumors of an arrest in the investigation of the missing cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins are not true.

"To date, there have been no arrests made, nor person(s) of interest taken into custody in this case," Black Hawk County Sheriff Rick Abben said in a release.

"Law Enforcement recognizes the public interest in this case but cautions the public not to make judgments or assumptions based upon law enforcement actions," Abben continued.

Chief Smock says recent rumors on social media and in person have suggested that someone has been brought into custody. Rather, the chief says people are observing the normal activities of an investigation and they're making assumptions based on what they're seeing. Smock says if they make an arrest in the case they will notify the girl's parents and the public through official means, as they did when their bodies were discovered.

Full release from Black Hawk County Sheriff Rick Abben:

The investigation into the disappearance and discovery of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins bodies continues. Investigators from local, state and federal agencies continue to follow leads and investigate evidence in this case.

Since the discovery of the girls bodies on December 5th, 2012 at 7 Bridges Wildlife area in Bremer County, several rumors have circulated regarding the apprehension of a suspect or person of interest related to this case. To date, there have been no arrests made, nor person(s) of interest taken into custody in this case. Investigators continue to interview individuals and pursue reports of evidence as they are made aware. These interviews and follow-ups have been on-going since the girls went missing on July 13th, 2012 and will continue until this investigation is completed and the public is asked to make no assumption based upon these interviews or collection of evidence.

Law Enforcement recognizes the public interest in this case but cautions the public not to make judgments or assumptions based upon law enforcement actions. They are a normal part of this investigation. If/When an arrest is made; the families and public will be notified through official correspondence and only through official channels.

We want to caution the public to not act independent of law enforcement by harassing or taking matters into their own hands toward individual(s) law enforcement may have contact with, based upon hearsay and assumptions they may have heard. The public should continue to assist law enforcement by coming forward with information they may by calling the Tip Line(s) at 319-232-6682 or 1-855-300-TIPS or emailing ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.us.
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