Eastern Iowans continue their search for two cousins who vanished from their bike ride in Evansdale.
It's now been more than three weeks since the girls were last seen. Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook disappeared while riding their bikes in Evansdale. Federal investigators say the girls were abducted by someone, and they have reason to believe the pair are still alive. However, they have no indication of who might have snatched Lyric or Elizabeth, or where they were taken.
This weekend, many local events dedicated their festivities to the safe return of Lyric and Elizabeth.
"We all decided this is a day for Lyric and Elizabeth," said Evansdale Chamber of Commerce President Dona Frickson.
Dozens of mud volleyball players dressed in pink and kept the cousins on their mind as they enjoyed the annual sporting event in Evansdale.
"Everybody still feels very down about what's going on with them and the attitude of everyone is, the only thing that would make this a really good day is if we could hear that they were found," said Frickson.
At Irish Fest in Waterloo, you see a lot of pink mixed in the traditional green. They dedicated Saturday to Elizabeth and Lyric, handing out flyers and hoping to alert as many people as possible.
"There are, what, 25,000 people that come through here. Every person we give a flyer, every person who takes it out of state, every person that then shares it with that's more eyes and more awareness. And that's what we're trying to do, keep the awareness up so we can bring them home," said volunteer Sarah Kipp.
Meanwhile, Cedar Falls organization The Keeping Kids Safe Project set up at the Sunrise Exchange Club Petting Zoo in Waterloo. Their goal was to fingerprint and photograph as many area kids as possible.
"To make sure all their information is readily available for an Amber Alert. But on top of that, what it also does is open up the door for communication. So we can talk about, why is this important. We can instill safety tips within families so we can help protect children, so we can keep them out of that situation to start with," said one of the event organizers, Lytishya Borglum.
Unfortunately, the rain put a damper on that event. But it's not dampening spirits, as these volunteers promise to keep the girls in the headlines until they come home.
"We wouldn't be here if we didn't have hope. That's what it's about. And we won't give up," said Kipp.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about Elizabeth and Lyric's whereabouts to call the Evansdale tipline at 319-232-6682. There is a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
The Keeping Kids Safe Project organizers rescheduled the fingerprinting event for September 29th. They have not chosen a location yet.
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