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Medical Examiner Confirms Bodies Are Missing Evansdale Cousins, Lyric and Elizabeth

Hunters found two bodies in a rural park in Bremer County last week. Today, authorities confirmed the bodies are the two missing girls from Evansdale.

Authorities confirmed Monday that two bodies found in the Seven Bridges Wilderness Area in Bremer County on Dec. 5 are Elizabeth Collins, 9, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 11, of Evansdale.

The girls disappeared while riding their bikes near Meyers Lake on July 13.

The bodies were sent to the medical examiner's office in Ankeny for forensic identification and autopsies. Authorities had said they were confident the bodies were the girls, but they said they could not provide positive confirmation until the autopsies were complete.

No further information gathered during the autopsies was released.

Authorities last week said they are leaning toward considering the case a homicide investigation.

The public's help is still being sought in the investigation, with a $150,000 reward available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Anyone with any information should call the public tip-line at (319) 232-6682 or email OurMissingIowaGirls@dps.state.ia.us. They can also contact these tip lines: Crime Stoppers Hotline at (855) 300-8477, FBI tipline at (402) 493-8688, DCI tipline at (515) 725-6010.

Previous coverage:

Search at Seven Bridges Park Ends as Investigation into Missing Cousins Continues

Timeline of Lyric and Elizabeth: Evansdale Abduction Case

Community Remembers 'Our Girls' Lyric and Elizabeth at Evansdale Vigil

Bodies Discovered by Hunters May be Linked to Missing Evansdale Girls

Mother Confirms Missing Evansdale Girls Have Died

Missing Evansdale Girls: Authorities 'Confident' Bodies Are Lyric and Elizabeth

Cedar Falls Church Plans 'Life and Love Celebration' for Evansdale Girls

Jessica Miller December 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
"Leaning toward" considering it a homicide investigation. ... Why just leaning?
maxine weimer December 10, 2012 at 09:54 PM
If the autopsies are complete they should know if a homicide has been committed or not, why hasen't the details of the autopsies been released to the public yet? I think "leaning" is not the correct word here. I highly doubt there deaths were from anything else.
Alison Gowans December 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM
My understanding is the cause of death has not been released to local authorities yet and officials are awaiting test results from the medical examiner's office before they'll have access to the full autopsy report.
TOM December 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
More important then authorities releasing the cause of death, is the sadness of the life style we live in where two young girls can't ride their bikes having fun without the constant fear of being taken or killed by the scum of society. My heart goes out to these two girls families. Gods Blessings to their family and friends.
Jim Zupan December 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Maybe they don't want to tip their hand to the killer about what the autopsies did teach them. As it stands now, there are thing that only the killer would know, if they release the info, then the one thing that seperates the killer from the rest of us, is the knowledge of what happened to the girls.

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