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Child Safety Event in memory of Lyric & Elizabeth

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Four years ago Wednesday, Lyric and Elizabeth were abducted.

The cousins were taken in Evansdale in 2012. Their bodies were found several months later by a couple of hunters at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County.

Their killer remains on the loose.

A child safety event held Wednesday in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

 "What a better day than on their 4th anniversary, for kids to learn about safety? The buddy system obviously does not work. You can't just assume your children are safe by two," said Heather Collins, Elizabeth's mother.

 At the heart of this event, a simple identification card. Just three easy steps; finger prints, DNA, and a description of the child. Police say it could save a child's life.

 "Yes, they could be of great help to us in our investigations. Because it is a known DNA sample, and we can go, 'Yes, we found something.' We can match it. It would be a whole lot easier that way," said Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen.

 The child identification cards are meant to be kept at home by parents and updated every few years.

 That card along with safety tips and defensive moves, all part of an effort to keeping every parents' nightmare from happening again.

"You never know how safe your area is, your community is. You never know if they are going to go outside to play and not come back in. I think it is very important they come down here and see what is going on," said Karen Buchanan of Evansdale.

The Evansdale Police & Fire were joined at the event by Waterloo & Cedar Falls Police and Black Hawk County Sheriff's Departments.

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