Vigil held for missing children & unsolved deaths of children

Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 11:02 PM CDT
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Parents, friends, and community members looking for answers in unsolved cases involving young people gathered in Waterloo Wednesday night.

The event was called "Light up the Night for Our Kids." Families of both Jake Wilson and Mollie Tibbetts were at the event, asking people to not give up on their cases.

It's now been two weeks since Tibbetts disappeared while jogging in Brooklyn. She is 20 years old.

Wilson, who is 16 and lives with autism, disappeared during a walk down to the river in April.

The vigil is also about bringing attention back to unsolved killings, like the deaths of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

They disappeared from Evansdale in July 2012. Hunters found their bodies five months later in a remote area.

Also, Kaden Estling, who died in an ATV hit and run in June in Maynard. Police haven't arrested anyone in that case.

“Horrible, horrible. Kaiden was my best friend,” says Kaiden’s mom April Estling.

It’s been over a month since her son was killed in the hit and run crash. She says right now, there are no clues to who did it, and the tips police have received have led to nothing.

“Driving ourselves crazy wondering what happened how it happened, who did it? How they could leave him there like that. It’s hard," she said.

Estling said she hopes events like the one in Waterloo can help get the word out that the person who killed her son is still out there

"His life was stolen way too soon. And for this person to just carry on and act like they didn’t do anything they need to serve their time," she said.

Drew Collins said he will never give up on finding whoever killed his daughter, Elizabeth, and her cousin, Lyric.

“I don’t want this this to happen to another child or another family. So I think it’s very important we bring this person to justice. That way they can’t do it again," he said.

People at the vigil lit candles and locked arms to shows these parents support.

Estling said even if police crack the case, she may never find closure.

“No. Nothing can bring my son back. Nothing," she said.

Estling and Collins both said police call them frequently to let them know they are still working the cases.

Police are asking anyone with information on any missing children to speak up.