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URBANDALE (KWWL) -
A new resource was unveiled Monday in an effort to help in child abduction cases -- and the father of an Evansdale girl abducted and killed said it's a great resource to have.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety has formed a child abduction response team, or "CART."
"Another step in the right direction," said Drew Collins, father of Elizabeth Collins. "We just got to keep going and keep making the changes to make our kids safer."The project is partly in response to the abduction and murder of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins in July of 2012.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety also showed off a new trailer loaded with equipment needed to set up a mobile command center wherever it's needed.
"Why we did that was to try to alleviate some of the pressure that we have on the local departments on their dispatch centers," said Michael Motsinger, DCI Special Agent. "We can come in, set up a whole command center."
The goal of the program is to also have people better trained and equipped to respond to these cases across the state.
"When a child comes up missing, the first few hours are so important that we need to have a plan in place, and people that know what to do in place," said Collins.
Collins says he heard about this a few weeks ago. He says this team could possibly have helped them find his daughter and niece.
"In our case, they were gone so fast -- if we would have had a CART team, it definitely would have helped put people in place where they needed to be," he said. "And who knows -- it could have made a difference."