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Hundreds expected at memorial ride for Evansdale cousins

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The annual "Memorial Ride Drive for the Girls" is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th. All motorcycles and cars are welcome. More>>

Drew Collins rides bicycle in Elizabeth's memory in New York Video included

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Drew Collins has been preparing to ride for months now. "I've just got to push through it, and give it my best," he said, pedaling on a bike trainer. More>>

Klunder no longer 'person of interest' in Lyric, Elizabeth case Video included

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The two year anniversary of the day 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were abducted is fast approaching -- and authorities say they've ruled one high-profile person of interest out.
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UPDATE: Misty Morrissey rearrested, facing more drug charges

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Misty Morrissey, the mother of murdered Evansdale girl Lyric Cook, has been arrested again and now faces additional charges after being accused of continued drug use. More>>

EXCLUSIVE: Hunters talk about finding cousins' bodies

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Kevin Dramstad said he went fishing at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County multiple times, but on Dec. 5, his family decided to go hunting there. That day is a day they will never forget. More>>

One year after Lyric & Elizabeth found murdered, case not cold

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Dec. 5, 2012, will always be one of the hardest days of Drew and Heather Collins' life. More>>

Poyner Elementary fifth graders make jewelry in memory of friend and classmate

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Poyner Elementary fifth graders Emma Larsen, Hannah Cary, Linkin Sarauer, and Willow Ross are hard at work making and selling rubber band jewelry. More>>

Angels Park continues growth with community support

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Evansdale's Angels Park is steadily developing thanks to help from the community. More>>

"Angels Among Us" Poker Run honors kidnapped girls

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The "Angels Among Us" Poker Run in Evansdale on Saturday was meant to honor multiple kidnapped and murdered girls, including Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, Dayton teenager Kathlyn Shephard and Shelly Day who was abducted and murdered almost 40 years ago when she was only two years old. More>>

Heather Collins warns of 'Lyric and Elizabeth' door-to-door scam

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Susan Kelly has heard it before -- watch out for scams. But she says the people who came to hear door Sunday afternoon seemed genuine.

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Preventing abuse conference raises awareness in Cedar Rapids

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It has been more than a year since Drew and Heather Collins had their daughter and niece taken from them, and now The Collins family is working to keep Elizabeth and Lyric Cook's memories alive, fighting to protect other children from horrific crimes. More>>

AMBER Alert criteria updated, Evansdale family pleased with change

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Three little letters could have made all the difference to Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, the Evansdale girls that were kidnapped just over a year ago. More>>

Officials change AMBER Alert criteria

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Officials have slightly modified the criteria needed to issue an AMBER Alert in the state of Iowa.

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Hundreds remember slain Evansdale cousins 1-year after disappearance

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Hundreds of people from across the country spent Saturday remembering Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. More>>

"Memorial Ride and Drive For The Girls" set for July 13th at Lofty's Lounge in Evansdale

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The "Memorial Ride & Drive For The Girls" is set for Saturday, July 13th. All motorcycles and cars are welcome. More>>

DCI searching for white SUV in connection with Lyric, Elizabeth

A lead investigator on the case contacted KWWL Monday with new tips that could possibly lead to more information in the Lyric and Elizabeth case. A lead investigator on the case contacted KWWL Monday with new tips that could possibly lead to more information in the Lyric and Elizabeth case.
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A lead investigator on the case contacted KWWL Monday with new tips that could possibly lead to more information in the Lyric and Elizabeth case. More>>

Police investigate link between missing Dayton girl and Lyric and Elizabeth

According to Heather Collins, the late Michael Klunder is from Bremer County. Klunder is accused of taking two teenage girls on Monday. According to Heather Collins, the late Michael Klunder is from Bremer County. Klunder is accused of taking two teenage girls on Monday.
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According to Heather Collins, the late Michael Klunder is from Bremer County. Klunder is accused of taking two teenage girls on Monday.


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Poyner students raise money for Elizabeth Collins memorial

Former classmates of murdered cousin Elizabeth Collins are working to raise money for a memorial bench outside their school. More>>

Dozens mourn at burial for Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collins was laid to rest Saturday. Family members held a public burial for her at Waterloo Memorial Cemetery. More>>

Elizabeth Collins funeral Saturday open to public

Elizabeth Collins, one of the missing Evansdale cousins, will be laid to rest tomorrow. Elizabeth Collins, one of the missing Evansdale cousins, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Elizabeth Collins, one of the murdered Evansdale cousins, is being laid to rest this weekend. More>>

Black Hawk Co. dispatchers honored for work in Evansdale Cousins case

Black Hawk County 911 dispatchers are being honored for their work in the Evansdale cousins case. More>>

Two Black Hawk Co. law officers recognized in Des Moines

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On Thursday, a special agent working the case received an award in Des Moines. Special Agent Mike Roehrkasse with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation received the Single Act of Assistance Award. More>>

Concert for the Angels raises initial total of $31,100

Fundraising efforts from the Concert of the Angels have rounded up more than $31,000 for Angels Park, organizers said Monday. More>>

Concert for the Angels remembers Lyric and Elizabeth

Music helped bring people together Saturday night to raise money to build a lasting memorial to two cousins who were kidnapped and killed last year - as well as other young victims of violence. More>>

Concert for the Angels to offer family passes at discounted rate

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Organizers for the "Concert of the Angels" will offer a family passes to Saturday's concert at a discounted rate for a limited time. More>>

Paying it forward: Dozens of "Concert for the Angels" tickets purchased and donated

Volunteers have been working on the upcoming "Concert for the Angels" event, a benefit concert scheduled for this Saturday, April 20th in Waterloo. More>>

Funeral service for Lyric Cook held today, sources confirm

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Family members of Lyric Cook say a small, private funeral service was held for her Friday morning. More>>

Evansdale Police Chief: "Stranger danger" conversation important

As the weather gets warmer and kids return outside, the Evansdale Police Department wants to make sure parents and kids are safe. Smock is offering tips for parents when talking with their children. More>>

Burial service, open to public, planned for Elizabeth Collins

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The family of Elizabeth Collins says it is planning a burial service for the young girl, who was abducted and discovered killed last year, and that service will be open to the public. More>>

Waterloo cousins make donation to Angels Park

Two Waterloo cousins have made a second donation in honor of Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.  This time, money they raised in friendship bracelet sales will benefit the Angels Park project. More>>

Free Child ID Kits given in memory of Missing Cousins

People gathered in Dubuque Saturday to remember Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, the two missing cousins from Evansdale, in hopes to try to prevent something like that from happening in the future. More>>

Collins pleased with community's support

Heather Collins said it was Sarah Werkmeister who approached her about the concert. Werkmeister wanted to do something big to honor the girls. More>>

Details announced for Angels Park fundraiser

A concert will be held at McElroy Auditorium featuring Saving Abel.  Money from ticket sales will fund the renovations at Meyers Lake in Evansdale where the girls disappeared. More>>

Pedestrian bridge approved at Meyers Lake as part of cousins memorial

Construction of a pedestrian bridge at Meyers Lake in Evansdale could begin as early as next week. More>>

Memorial gazebo for Evansdale cousins in the works

A memorial gazebo is now in the works to honor murdered Evansdale cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.  The project is getting a big boost, thanks to a major donation from a local bank. More>>

A memorial for Lyric & Elizabeth gets a big donation

First Security State Bank in Evansdale has donated $10,000 for a gazebo on the island in Meyers Lake. More>>

Is Evansdale girls' killer on the loose? Sheriff: No comment

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said Tuesday night that leads are still being investigated into the murders of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. More>>

Meyers Lake park and trail renamed in memory of Evansdale cousins

The park at Meyers Lake in Evansdale will now be called "Angels' Park" in memory of the Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. More>>

No media allowed at service, says family of Lyric Cook

The family of Lyric Cook has now asked media to stay off the premises of Heartland Vineyard Church during a service for the slain girl. More>>

UPDATE: Evansdale City Council members support tributes Lyric & Elizabeth

Tuesday night members of the Evansdale City Council listened to several requests which would honor the memory of Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. More>>

Iowa parents of murder, abduction victims want death penalty

Families of five Iowa children kidnapped and killed are advocating to have the state's death penalty reinstated. More>>

Family of Lyric Cook releases service information

The family of Lyric Cook has released information regarding a service celebrating her life. More>>

Evansdale police chief squashes rumors of arrest in girls' case

People have been interviewed by police, but are not any closer to being suspects than anyone else.  On the other hand, he says no one's been cleared of suspicion, either. More>>

Catholic monks donate urn and casket to Evansdale cousins

A Dubuque County monastery is donating a very special casket for Elizabeth and urn for Lyric. More>>

Lyric and Elizabeth: A look back

The lives of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins likely won't soon be forgotten.  We take a look back at the community's support for the cousins. More>>

Family of Lyric Cook planning memorial services

The family of Lyric Cook confirms the family is working to schedule memorial services for her.  More>>

Evansdale church sign helps community heal

If you drive through Evansdale it's hard to miss a sign at St. Marks United Methodist Church.

Over the last five months this sign has changed, but always has something on it about Lyric and Elizabeth.
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KWWL Exclusive: Candid conversation with Elizabeth's parents

The parents of Elizabeth Collins spoke on camera to KWWL Wednesday for the first time since learning their daughter had been murdered. More>>

Evansdale police chief says he wants justice for girls

The death of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins was an outcome Evansdale Police Chief, Kent Smock, certainly didn't want. More>>

Elizabeth's Mom: "I don't need to know how she was murdered."

"I don't need to know how she was murdered," says Heather Collins, mother of murdered eight-year old, Elizabeth Collins. More>>

Testing continues following autopsy on Seven Bridges bodies

The State Medical Examiner's office in Ankeny will continue testing after an autopsy was done Friday on bodies found in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County last week. More>>

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Authorities confirm bodies found are Lyric & Elizabeth

Authorities have now confirmed the two bodies found in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area last Wednesday are Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who have been missing since July 13. More>>

Search for evidence at 7 Bridges Park ends in missing girls case

The search for evidence at a Bremer County park where the bodies of of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were found has ended. More>>

Central Iowa vigil honors Lyric & Elizabeth

People in central Iowa came together Saturday night to remember the lives of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins at a candlelight vigil at Gray's Lake in Des Moines. More>>

Cedar Falls Sen. Danielson to propose Cousins' Law in 2013

Iowa State Sen. Jeff Danielson is planning to introduce a bill in the 2013 legislative session addressing the way the public is alerted to missing children. More>>

"Pink Out" for Lyric & Elizabeth draws thousands to Waterloo Black Hawks game

The Waterloo Black Hawks honored Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook with a "Pink Out" at Friday night's hockey game. More>>

Life and Love Service planned at Heather Collins' church

A date has now been set for a Life and Love service at Heartland Vineyard Church in Cedar Falls, where Elizabeth Collins' mother Heather attends. More>>

Crime Stoppers: Reward still offered in Elizabeth & Lyric Case

Officials with Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers say the reward offered in the case of the missing cousins will now go towards an arrest. More>>

Grief counselors meet with Lyric and Elizabeth's classmates

The tragic ending to the missing cousins case has hit the Waterloo Community School District especially hard. More>>

Fate of missing cousins resonates with Evelyn Miller's family

Linda Christie knows the pain and heartache of losing a child to abduction and murder first-hand.  Her granddaughter, Evelyn Miller, died in 2005.  More>>

Community decorates Christmas trees in memory of Evansdale girls

An Evansdale family put up two Christmas trees in their front yard to decorate in memory of Lyric Cook and one for Elizabeth Collins. More>>

Keeping Lyric and Elizabeth's memory alive

Just as the community spent months searching together and praying together, now they're grieving together. More>>

Police: Bodies found at Seven Bridges likely Lyric and Elizabeth

The bodies found by hunters in Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County are likely those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, police said Thursday.

 

 
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Community holds vigil and mourns murder of Evansdale cousins

A community came together Wednesday night to hold a prayer vigil and mourn the loss of two young Evansdale girls. According to police, hunters found two bodies in a wooded area. More>>

Evansdale family's Christmas tree honors Lyric, Elizabeth

An Evansdale family is asking the community to add ornaments to their outdoor tree in honor of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. More>>

Concerned citizen offers up to $ 100,000 reward in missing girls case

A concerned citizens is offering up to $ 100,000 in new reward money to help bring Elizabeth and Lyric safely back home. More>>

Candlelight vigil held in Dubuque for missing Evansdale cousins

A solemn candlelight prayer vigil Thursday evening for missing Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins lent support to the girls' family members. More>>

Chili benefit for missing girls

While the search for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook continues, a benefit dinner took place in Evansdale to raise money for the families of the missing girls.   More>>

Heather Collins hopes candy keeps Elizabeth and Lyric familiar

Instead of shopping, Heather Collins decided to spend Black Friday at Gino's Pizza in Crossroads Center in Waterloo handing out hundreds of candy canes with Elizabeth Collins' and Lyric Cook's pictures on them. More>>

New reward in Evansdale missing girls case; donations accepted

It's been just more than 4 months since two young girls disappeared on a bike ride through Evansdale.

Now, a new reward fund may spur someone to come forward with information leading to Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.
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Update: Missing Evansdale cousins case hits 4-month mark

Dozens of people gathered at Countryside Vineyard Church in Evansdale on Tuesday night to mark four months since Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins went missing. The cousins were last seen July 13th, while riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. More>>

Hunters asked to look for signs of missing cousins

A grassroots effort is encouraging hunters to keep an eye out for evidence of two missing cousins. More>>

Missing girls investigators 'recanvassing' Evansdale neighborhoods

State agents believe someone has to know something.  They're hoping to find new information that people failed to mention, or didn't think was important, during this new search. More>>

Marking three months of searching for Lyric & Elizabeth

Three months ago, on July 13th, 11-year-old Lyric Cook and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins went missing while riding their bikes in Evansdale. More>>

Family and friends gather for Lyric Cook's 11th birthday

Family and friends of missing girl Lyric Cook will gather Tuesday night in honor of her 11th birthday. More>>

Can Drive benefits missing girls

As the search continues for cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins a can and bottle drive held at the National Cattle Congress grounds was held to raise awareness and money for the Missing and Exploited Children's Foundation. More>>

Missing girls' Dubuque family members push "Cousins' Law"

Family members of missing Evansdale cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook continue to push for changes to the Amber Alert guidelines. More>>

Missing cousins to be featured in national search effort

Evansdale cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, who have been missing now for nine weeks, will be part of a national missing children car race, called the Fireball Run, the girls' families learned just this week. More>>

Marking two months since Elizabeth & Lyric disappeared

A community leans on its faith as we mark two months searching for the missing cousins. More>>

Surveillance video may help find missing girls

This Friday marks eight weeks since 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook disappeared from Evansdale. More>>

Family and community mark four weeks since Elizabeth & Lyric disappeared

Four weeks ago, family members first stood on the shores of Meyers Lake waiting to hear where their girls had gone. Friday night, they stood in the same spot, with the same hope -- to find Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, and bring them home. More>>

Vigil planned for Elizabeth and Lyric

Friday, August 10th marks four weeks since the last time anyone has seen 10-year-old Lyric Cook and then-eight year-old Elizabeth Collins in Evansdale. More>>

Cedar Rapids native and his teammate include missing girls on Sprint Cup cars

Cedar Rapids native Landon Cassill and his teammate, Travis Kvapil, will include pictures of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins on their Sprint Cup cars at Pocono Raceway this weekend. More>>

Codes used in the search for Elizabeth and Lyric

The search continues for two missing girls from Evansdale Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. Tuesday was Elizabeth's ninth birthday and a family member in Dubuque who shares the same birthday More>>

NASCAR driver will feature Evansdale girls on car

The missing cousins from Evansdale will be getting some more national attention this weekend.

NASCAR driver and Iowa native Michael Annett said he would put Lyric and Elizabeth's photo on his vehicle for Saturday's race.
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Cupcakes of hope for missing Evansdale girls

The search continues for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook, missing nearly three weeks from Evansdale.  Tuesday was an especially tough milestone:  Elizabeth's 9th birthday.  But the community rallied, making cupcakes of hope. More>>

Psychics may offer leads in the search for missing Evansdale girls

Investigators are following all leads in the search for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook -- including those which come from psychics, mediums, and "intuitive" people. More>>

Search effort for girls spreads to kids' lemonade stand

While the search effort to find Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins has involved not only police and hundreds of volunteers, the search effort also is involving children. More>>

Parents of Elizabeth Collins plead for release of girls

The parents of Elizabeth Collins are pleading with kidnappers to release the two cousins unharmed. More>>

PREVIOUS: Missing girl's family gets attorney, father questioned

Misty and Dan Morrissey have consulted an attorney following what they describe as aggressive questioning by authorities in the search for their daughter, 10-year-old Lyric Cook, and their niece, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins. More>>

Waterloo schools offering counseling for classmates of missing girls

Waterloo Community Schools will offer counseling starting Monday to help parents and students cope after the disappearance of two Cedar Valley girls. More>>

UPDATE: No new leads in missing girls case

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook.

At a news conference, FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said some information in the case they can't discuss leads them to believe the girls are still alive.  
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Missing girls' aunt discusses Lyric Cook's parents' criminal history

Six days after Evansdale cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook went missing, many people have turned their focus on Lyric Cook's parents and their criminal records. More>>

UPDATE: Meyers Lake being drained in search for missing Iowa girls

Meyers Lake in Evansdale will be completely drained in the search for 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook, missing since early Friday afternoon. At a press conference Monday, authorities said they had no new leads. Officers and deputies have set up check points in Evansdale to question motorists about the missing girls.   More>>

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