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Lyric and Elizabeth Memorial Ride and Drive honors girls’ memory despite pandemic

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EVANSDALE, Iowa (KWWL)-  This Monday, July 13, marks eight years since the disappearance of Lyric Cook-Morrisey and Elizabeth Collins.

The two cousins disappeared on Friday, July 13, 2012, while out on a bike ride.

Their bikes were found near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Hunters discovered the girls’ bodies 5-months later at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County.

Investigators have not been able to crack the case, and they have not made any arrests. Ahead of Monday's eighth anniversary, KWWL anchor Ron Steele took a look at where this investigation stands.

To keep the girl's memory alive, family, friends, and members of the community embark on a memorial ride and drive.

They started at Lofty's in Evansdale and made five stops along the way, including at Seven Bridges County Park in Readlyn and Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's ride looked a little different than it has in past years.

"We are having everyone get into small groups, trying to practice the social distancing," Shawn Murphy said. Murphy is a close friend of the Collins family.

The group rode the route together, but Murphy said each rider did their own thing.

"We all ride together alone," he said. "We have to make sure that everybody is safe, that is our main priority, but it is all about making sure they know nothing is going to stop us.

Despite the challenges, Murphy said it was important to hold the annual event to keep the girl's names alive. He and others vowed not to stop fighting until they find the person or people who murdered the girls.

"We will bring them to justice," he said. "No matter what, we need to keep this thing going to make sure the family gets the closure that they very much need."

If you do know anything, there is a substantial reward for information leading to an arrest.

Tips in the case can be sent to this Iowa Department of Public Safety email site: www.ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.us

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is also taking tips in the investigation at 855-300-8477.

Organizers split the proceeds from the ride and drive 50/50 between Angels Park Memorial and Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers. The memorial was created in September 2018 to honor Lyric and Elizabeth and other local victims of violent crimes.

Daniel Perreault

Reporter

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