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Evansdale Police Chief 2 years later: "We lost our innocence."

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Sunday marks two years since Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins went missing during a bike ride at Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

Five months later, their bodies were found by hunters in Bremer County.

Since then, dozens of memorials and vigils have been held in memory of the cousins.

Saturday marked another -- the 2nd annual "Memorial Ride & Drive for the Girls."

Hundreds of motorcyclists rode in memory of the girls and made stops in Waverly, Reinbeck and La Porte City.

Organizers said proceeds from $20 registration fees would be split between Angels Memorial Park in Evansdale and Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers to boost the $170,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the girls' murders.

"People are still thinking about it. It's still a big deal in our lives," said Brent Bergman of Cedar Falls.

"I obviously like to ride my motorcycle quite a bit, and I like showing support for things like this. It's great to see the sense of community come together," said Bergman.

Organizer Megan Hall said she thinks it's important to keep the girls in the public eye, especially because no one has been arrested for their murders.

"I think we lost a little bit of our innocence," she said.

"I think as parents, we stand on our toes a little bit more than we used to. It's scary," Hall said.

Meanwhile, Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock said the town lost its innocence when the girls disappeared.

"The loss of two little girls -- the impact it had on their families -- it's devastating," he said.

Smock encouraged anyone with information to come forward and call police.

"We have tons and tons of tips, but we're still waiting for that one that will break the case," he said.

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