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Evansdale Cousins' investigation continues without Smock

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) - Kent Smock -- who has played an integral role in investigating the murders of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins -- is no longer chief after a closed-session city council meeting last night.

Mayor Doug Faas wouldn't discuss why the firing happened, only that it was a personnel issue.

Smock has played an important role in the ongoing abduction and murder case of Evansdale cousins Lyric and Elizabeth. He even flew to Virginia to meet with experts at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"The case won't stop," said Mike Roehrkasse, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 

DCI agent Roehrkasse says even though Smock is now off the case, the investigation continues.

"We continue with an army of guys moving forward with the case, so this won't stop us at all,"  said Roehrkasse. "It won't even really be a hiccup for us."

He says seven to 10 agents come together once a month to talk about the case.

Sgt. Jeff Jensen, now interim police chief, will be briefed on the investigation.

"No, it's not over and it's never going to be over until we get it solved," said Jensen. 

Jensen has been with the Evansdale Police Department for more than 20 years. He says he's ready to be more involved with this case.

"That's the top of our list," he said. "I still have officers that have their pictures on their desk. This is very near and dear to our hearts in Evansdale."

Roehrkasse says they continue to get tips weekly. He says they are still following up on about 1,200 leads.
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