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Lyric & Elizabeth: Murder-suicide investigation leads to tip in their murder case

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BELLE PLAINE (KWWL) -

An investigation into a murder-suicide led to a tip in the unsolved kidnapping and murder of two Evansdale cousins.

A mother and her eight-year-old son were killed in Belle Plaine on May 4 after they were hit by a train. In an investigation done by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, it was determined that 36-year-old Teresea Gerleman committed suicide, and pulled her son, Henry Fields, into the path of the train along with her.

That investigation would also lead DCI agents to revisit the unsolved murders of Evansdale cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. The two cousins were kidnapped nearly six years ago. Their bodies were found months later. 

A search warrant was executed at Gerleman's home and, in that investigation, officials were looking for a tip related to their death.

Ruth Ann Stratton lives across the street from where Gerleman lived. She said, for two days after the murder-suicide, investigators searched the home.

"They did bring things out, but I couldn't tell you what they brought out because they were big boxes of stuff," she said.

According to DCI agent, Mike Krapfl, who has been working on the Lyric and Elizabeth case, a third-party gave them a tip that Gerleman may have had information about the cousins, detailed in a letter, after comments she previously made.  Krapfl said the described letter was found during the search of the home but that it contained "old information", information the DCI already had. He said also factoring in Gerleman's "mental state" at the time, the letter provided no new leads for the case.

The search, unfortunately, did not lead to a break in the case, but investigators are still actively pursing tips to find out who may have killed Lyric and Elizabeth.

There is a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible. If anyone has any information, it’s important to call 855-300-8477 or 319-232-6822.

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