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Authorities continue search for missing cousins


On Wednesday, new details emerged in the ongoing search for 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook.

An FBI dive team from California may join other crews to search deeper holes in Meyers Lake. Meyers Lake is expected to be fully drained by Friday.

Residential and commercial trash in the city of Evansdale has been set aside for searching in the Black Hawk County Landfill.

The Iowa Department of Transportation was contacted about footage from traffic cameras over Highway 20, but those cameras do not record footage, they only monitor live conditions.

As Meyers Lake continues to shrink, uncovered items have become visible along the shore line. An old tire, bottles, and old cans can be seen, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Family members continue to keep a presence at the lake. Wylma Cook, the grandmother who was watching the two girls, says it was not out of the ordinary for them to go on a bike ride, but they were never gone long.

"Somedays they don't go, just once in a while. I let them go for a short jaunt, but they always come back to get something to drink. They're never gone long," said Cook.

To keep the focus on Elizabeth and Lyric, local businesses are doing their part. Dickey's Printing started making T-shirts with Lyric's and Elizabeth's faces on them. Originally they were made for the girls' family, but the demand has spread. They expect to make more than 800 T-shirts by the end of the week.

"There's only so much people can do. So we hope and pray that this will help and just bring the girls home," said Pat Dickey.

Family members still don't know what happened to the girls, but if someone did take them, they have this message...

"Don't harm them. Don't... Let them come home alive to us, ya know. They're our children and we miss them so badly. They must be terrified right now. They want their mommy and daddy. We want our kids back. Just don't do anything further. Send them home to us please," said the girls' aunt, Tammy Brousseau.

If you would like to purchase a T-shirt you can contact Dickey's Printing. The number is 319-234-1777 or you can order online by sending an email to The money raised will go to the families of Lyric and Elizabeth.

Anyone with information about the missing girls is asked to call 319-232-6682.

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