Collecting Signatures for "Cousins Law" at Iowa State Fair

Drew Collins and Heather Collins parents of missing child Elizabeth Collins, 8, talk about the the community support they received since their daughter Elizabeth and nice Lyric Cook-Morrissey when missing 13 days ago, during an interview Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. The girls went missing after they went for a bike ride in Evansdale. Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)


By Ellen Kurt

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 the Cousins Law.

Heather Collins said she's at the fair just to get the word out and the pictures of the girls seen as much as possible. The booth is located in the Grandstand in the Hall of Law.

Authorities believe Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted on July 13 in Evansdale, a suburb of Waterloo.

The petition calls on Iowa lawmakers to change the Amber Alert to make it apply to more missing person cases. The petition is part of a measure called the Cousin's Law that would aim to get news out faster during the first couple hours of a missing persons case.

"I pray every morning and all through the day, just, 'Lord, give me strength to keep going and keep moving on,'" said Collins.

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