Investigators still receiving tips 10 years after cousins abducted from Evansdale
EVANDALE, Iowa (KCRG) - Investigators took time Wednesday to speak to media outlets ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the abduction and murders of two cousins from Black Hawk County.
Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, were last seen riding their bikes in Evansdale the afternoon of July 13, 2012. When the girls didn’t return to the Collins’ home, a search of surrounding areas began. The girls bicycles and several belongings were found on a trail at Meyers Lake shortly after.. Five months later, on December 5, hunters found the remains of the cousins at the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in rural Bremer County.
“It doesn’t feel like ten years,” said Drew Collins, the father of Elizabeth. Collins said ten years might have passed, but the pain doesn’t get any easier.
“Obviously, we want answers; for now, we haven’t gotten them,” he said. “We’re just pushing forward until we get those answers.”
While Drew continued to grieve, tips were continuing to roll into investigators.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Scott Reger said in just the last ten months, the agency has received 117-tips in the case.
“It’s on a weekly basis that something comes in pertaining to this case,” said Reger.
Reger said new tips often come in during the anniversary or when another high-profile case comes up. A team of eight investigators meets monthly to go over those leads. Investigators can’t share much about the progress of their investigation so as to not compromise information only known to the killer or killers.
“As much as you want it resolved soon rather than later, time creates advancements in technology,” he said. Reger added advancements in technology might be what helps lead to a break in the case. “We are capable of doing things we weren’t able to do in 2012.”
After ten years Drew Collins isn’t giving up hope that there will be justice for his daughter and his niece.
“It’s been ten years, and we’re still here,” Collins said. “We’re still here, and if anything, we’re gaining strength. We’re not going anywhere.”
Collins, along with Elizabeth’s mom, Heather, recently helped launch the Elizabeth Collins Foundation. Its goal is to help families of missing people. The foundation will partner with Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers to bring awareness to cold cases in hopes of garnering new tips and leads. It will also help educate the community on preventing kidnappings, sexual abuse and trafficking.
If you have any information in the case, please call 1-855-300-8477. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
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