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UPDATE: Anonymous donation is why reward money doubled for Lyric and Elizabeth case

A big increase for an eastern Iowa cold case. The reward money has doubled for any information that leads to an arrest in the Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey case.

The cousins were murdered seven years ago. Their killer is still out there. Now, there’s fresh hope that, with an increase in reward money, people will come forward with information leading to an arrest.

Drew Collins says, “we’re not going away. If anything, it’s we’re kind of gaining strength and we’re gonna get you.”

These are words from a dad who is still trying to find the person or people who murdered his daughter. Today, Elizabeth would have turned 16.

“We have to have a 16th birthday party for my daughter who is not here,” Collins says.

Thanks to an anonymous donation, reward money has increased to $50,000 for any information that leads to an arrest.

Collins says it was during this year’s memorial ride and drive, when a biker pulled him aside and said he wanted to double the reward money.

Collins says, “He’s doing it for the right reasons; he just wants to see this case solved.”

The Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers says they’re hoping this new amount will lead to answers.


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Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers Tuesday announced a doubling of the reward money which leads to just an arrest in the Lyric & Elizabeth kidnapping and murder case out of Evansdale.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers says an anonymous donor has offered the new reward money, with hopes for a break in the now 7-year old case.

Reward money for an arrest in the Lyric & Elizabeth case doubles to $50,000, thanks to an anonymous donor to Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers. Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers

A separate reward still offers more than $100,000 leading to a conviction in the 7-year old Evansdale murder case.

You can remain anonymous. Your identity will be protected.

Tipline phone numbers are:

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers: 855-300-8477
Evansdale Police: 319-232-6682

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation email:

Submit information online at:

You can also use what is called ‘Tipsoft.’
Tipsoft allows a person to remain anonymous, but allows law enforcement to communicate back and forth with that person to clarify information.

Use Tipsoft by Texting the word Cedar plus your tip to 274637

Cousins Elizabeth Collins (then 8) and Lyric Cook-Morrissey (then 10) vanished on Friday, July 13, 2012, while on a bike ride. Hunters discovered their bodies at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County five months later.

The case remains unsolved. No arrests have been made.



Ron Steele

Evening Anchor

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