As authorities have confirmed the two bodies found at Seven Bridges Park are those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, tributes and efforts to keep Lyric and Elizabeth's memory alive continue.
Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock was given the news on the autopsies by the State Medical Examiner's Office and notified the girls' families. A full autopsy report will be forwarded to the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office after testing is completed.
Seven Bridges Park is now back open to the public, and like Meyers Lake in Evansdale -- where the cousins were last seen -- the park now holds a permanent connection to Lyric and Elizabeth, and new memorials are springing up there all the time.
Many hope it's a way to never forget the girls and hope that justice is done.
Christina Nelson is heartbroken over the loss of her daughter's best friend, Lyric Cook, as well as Lyric's cousin, Elizabeth Collins.
"Lyric was like one of my own, you know, just from getting to know her the little bit of time I did get to know her, and Elizabeth a little bit of time playing softball with my daughter," Nelson said. "It was horrible, horrible, gut-wrenching news."
Nelson vividly remembers learning of their disappearance and, last week, their deaths.
"I bawled and bawled and bawled trying to comfort children that don't understand, not only my own, but my best friend's daughter, and other children at school," Nelson said. "These girls became one of us."
She and friend Clair Metcalf weathered bitter cold Monday to put up crosses and candles, tied off with iconic pink bows in honor of the girls.
They hope the entry to Seven Bridges becomes another place where people can mourn and honor their memories, while praying for justice.
"They just need to find out who did it," said Nelson.
New flyers are also being made for Lyric and Elizabeth. The focus shifts from trying to find them to seeking answers in their disappearance.
"It's going the be part of the healing process to hang these flyers and to keep their faces out there, to honor their names and keep doing the work that we're doing," said Sara Kipp, a Collins family friend.
Kipp, along with a local group, plans to do a mass distribution of the new flyers to area businesses in the near future.
You can print copies of the flyer here. It's also available for purchase at several local print shops.
There is a $150,000 reward being offered through law enforcement for information leading to an arrest. Additional reward money is available through Crime Stoppers.
If you have any information that can help, call (855) 300-TIPS. (855-300-8477)
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