Reward in Evansdale cousins’ case reaches $100K on 9th anniversary of their disappearance | #childabductors

Elizabeth Collins, Lyric Cook-Morrissey were abducted July 13, 2012

A pink ribbon and a poster with photos of 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins, who disappeared in Evansdale on July 13, 2012, adorn a utility pole across from the entrance to Meyers Lake in Evansdale, July 16, 2012. The girls were found dead in a wooded area in Bremer County on Dec. 5, 2012. (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)

WATERLOO — Someone out there knows who is behind the 2012 slayings of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey.

And turning over that information could mean a lot of money.

Officials with Crime Stoppers of the Cedar Valley announced the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case topped $100,000 over the weekend thanks to the help of two anonymous donors.

The announcement came Tuesday, on the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of the cousins.

“We are just waiting for that one person to take five minutes out of their life and contact Crime Stoppers or the DCI and get some closure for these families,” said investigator Brice Lippert with the Waterloo Police Department.

Lippert said the reward requires only enough information to make an arrest — a conviction isn’t required — and the money can be paid out immediately after the arrest.

The reward sat at $50,000 in 2019.

Elizabeth and Lyric were 8 and 10 years old, respectively, when they disappeared while riding their bikes in Evansdale on July 13, 2012. Their bikes were located on a trail near Meyers Lake.

Hunters found their bodies at Seven Bridges Park in rural Bremer County on Dec. 5, 2012.

Tips and information about the deaths come in consistently, Lippert said. He said there is usually an uptick when there are national cases involving abductions or child deaths.

Information can be passed on to Crime Stoppers anonymously, and the tips are passed on to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the case.

Tips may be submitted by emailing the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.usDPS.STATE.IA.US, texting CEDAR plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), submitting information at or at the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page.

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