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ABATE of Iowa hosts ride for Missing and Exploited Children

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

ABATE of Iowa Districts 23 and 16 held a ride Saturday to honor the lives of abducted children.

Saturday's ride started at 11:00 a.m. at Meyers Lake in Evansdale where cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were last seen riding their bikes in July.

Their bodies were found in Bremer County in December.

Before the ride, about 60 riders held a moment of silence for Kathlynn Shepard of Dayton, Iowa.

Investigators said early Saturday morning they believe the missing 15-year old's body was found in the Des Moines River Friday night.

Elizabeth Collins' parents, Drew and Heather Collins, thanked the riders for giving to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"It's a very good organization that you're helping, so your money will go to something very good and positive," said Drew.

After a prayer and blessing of the bikes, riders took off from Meyers Lake. They planned to stop in Oran, Hawkeye, Lamont, Quasqueton before ending at the LaPorte City Country Club with dinner and dancing.

Folks who couldn't make the ride can still donate to the cause by emailing Jim Will at bul1dog1@yahoo.com.

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