CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hundreds of people have reacted on Facebook and Twitter to the latest developments in the case of two girls reported missing in Evansdale, following Wednesday's announcement that two bodies were found, possibly those of the two girls.
Elizabeth Collins, now 9, of Evansdale, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, of Waterloo, have been missing from Evansdale since July 13.
The girls were last seen that day on their bicycles, which were found, along with Elizabeth's purse, near the recreational trail around Meyers Lake in Evansdale. The girls have been missing since then. The disappearance has been the subject of massive searches and police investigations by several agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The images of the two girls' smiling faces became a familiar, unsettling sight across Iowa on billboards, posters, bumper stickers, and even Halloween candy in the months after they went missing.
Since the girls disappeared, several Facebook groups and pages have been created to focus on the search for the missing girls. The Twitter hashtag #evansdalesearch has been used by the media and the public to share the latest details on the case.
Here are a few of the comments made by Twitter users: