Seven years ago, this week, Evansdale cousins disappeared; search for their killer continues

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EVANSDALE, Iowa (KWWL) – This week marks seven years since the disappearance of Lyric Cook-Morrisey and Elizabeth Collins.

The two girls were last seen riding their bikes at Meyers Lake in Evansdale on July 13, 2012. Lyric was 10 and Elizabeth was eight when they were kidnapped. Their grandmother was watching them. She told Lyric to be back before one that afternoon. But the girls never made it.

Their bikes were later found near Meyers Lake on the bike trail, along with a purse and a cell phone.

For nearly five months, the community helped authorities look for the cousins. Volunteers made t-shirts, buttons and posters to get their photos out. FBI divers searched Meyers Lake and drained it, but they did not find the girls. The case was then ruled an abduction.

On December 5, 2012, nearly five months after Lyric and Elizabeth disappeared, a group of hunters discovered their bodies at the Seven Bridges Wildlife Park area in Bremer County. It’s about 20 miles north of Evansdale.

Since the girls were killed, the community tries to keep their memory alive. Last September, organizers created Angels Park Memorial Island of Evansdale to honor and remember Lyric and Elizabeth and local victims of violent crimes. 

While it’s been nearly seven years since the cousins were killed, Evansdale police say they have not stopped searching for their killer. If you have any information about the case, you are asked to call Evansdale police at (319) 232-6682 or the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477).

On Saturday, July 13, there will be the Seventh Annual Memorial Ride and Drive For the Girls. Registration starts at Lofty’s in Evansdale at 8 a.m. The ride will begin at 11, following a short program. 

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Morning Reporter at KWWL
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