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One year after Lyric & Elizabeth found murdered, case not cold

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Dec. 5, 2012, will always be one of the hardest days of Drew and Heather Collins' life.

That's when they found out their oldest daughter and niece were found dead by hunters at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in Bremer County.

Heather says telling Elizabeth's three other siblings was very difficult.

"We had a police officer go get them and bring them to the police station and we sat in a room and Drew told them," Heather Collins said. "Probably one of the hardest things he's ever had to do, for us to do."

Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock was tasked with the job of telling the families. He said it was something he needed to do.

"In this line of work we do death notifications often, and we're the bearer of bad news," Smock said. "Because of my association with the family, because I've gotten to know them, it was by far the hardest one I've ever had to deliver. But it was one I felt I needed to do."

He says his department gets asked often if this case has grown cold, but he says it's far from that.

Smock said that, although the number of tips to the tip line have dropped, investigators have someone working on the case every day.

"Most cases, within the first 24 to 48 hours, develop a direction that the case follows," Smock said. "This case is very complex. It's frustrating, but it had taken so many different directions."

Smock said that, although they are following up on a number of leads, they are still not ruling out the late Michael Klunder.

In May, Klunder abducted two girls near Dayton, Iowa, killing one of the girls before killing himself.

Smock says they know where Klunder was on July 12 and 14, but they are still looking into his whereabouts on the 13th -- the day the girls went missing.

He says they have information about where Klunder might have been, but they aren't ready to release it just yet.

Drew Collins said he understands finding his daughter's and niece's killer is going to take time. But he had words for the girls' killer.

"You're going to be caught," he said. "It may not be today. It might be tomorrow. Be ready for that knock on your door. It's coming. They are going to catch you. You are caught -- as good as caught -- right now."

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