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Family and community mark four weeks since Elizabeth & Lyric disappeared

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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.

"I wake up in the morning, and get my coffee and turn on the TV and turn the news on. And I just shed tears, because, where could they be?" said the girls' grandmother, Wilma Cook.

"I figured the girls would be home by now. But, they're not. So we're going to continue praying," said Elizabeth's mother Heather Collins.

Collins said each day is as difficult as the one before. But she's leaning on her faith for the strength to keep going.

"I have three little ones, and if they see mommy in bed, lying all day crying, and shutting them out, that's not going to do any good. It's not going to do any good for them and it's not going to do any good for me either, health-wise, to be lying in bed crying all day," said Collins.

The girls' grandmother said she tries to stay strong as well. But she admits, it gets harder as the weeks pass.

"My daughter told me I'm a strong rock. I'm the rock of the family. But I tell them, this rock does get tired," said Cook.

Night after night, the same question hangs over the family.

"Who's got them? Why don't they let them go? Just return them to us. We don't' care. We forgive you. Just let us have them. That's all I want," said Cook.

Collins echoed, "God has forgiven you. We have forgiven you. Just drop them off safe so they can get home. We don't need to know who you are. We don't want to. We just want them back. That's all."

While they wait, it gives the family comfort to know they have a community there to hold their hand, and keep the faith.

"I can feel the prayers, and it gives me an overwhelming, heartfelt... because they honestly mean it. It's not just a little thing. They're really being generous and giving all that they have," said Collins.

Investigators continue to ask anyone with information to come forward. The local line is 319-232-6682. You can also call the Cedar Valley Crimestoppers at 855-300-TIPS, or call the FBI tipline at 402-493-8688. A $50,000 reward remains for the girls' safe return

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