‘It’s still devastating’: Iowa girls’ murder remains unsolved 10 years later

Wednesday marks the 10-year anniversary since the kidnapping and murder of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. Investigators are still looking to solve this crime.”It’s the first thing you think of in the morning and the last at night. For me, it’s very fresh. Doesn’t seem like 10 years,” Drew Collins, Elizabeth’s father, said in an interview in June.Eight-year-old Elizabeth and 10-year-old Lyric were riding bikes in Evansdale, Iowa, near a popular recreational lake in the middle of town on July 13, 2012. Investigators found their bikes and a pink purse near the lake hours later. The two cousins were nowhere to be seen. Callie Collins, Elizabeth’s sister, was only 4 years old when the girls went missing. In a 2017 interview, Callie said she remembered asking to join on the bike ride, only to be told that she had to stay behind.Hunters discovered Elizabeth and Lyric’s bodies in a remote wildlife area in January, 5 months after they went missing. The area where their bodies were found was about 25 miles from where the girls were last seen. “It’s still devastating every day not to have her,” Heather Collins, Elizabeth’s mother and Lyric’s aunt, said in an interview in June.Authorities never revealed the cause of death to the public because they believe it is information only the killer would know. Federal authorities and Evansdale police said that the suspect is likely familiar with the area and saw a window of opportunity to kidnap and kill the two girls. Investigators said the murderers may also have attempted to abduct children in the past and may have tried to change their appearance after the girls’ deaths.Video below: Previous news coverage 2 years after the murders Lyric’s parents, Dan and Misty Morrissey, have both received prison sentences for unrelated drug charges. At the time, their involvement with drugs fueled speculation. Authorities now say they do not believe Lyric’s parents were involved in the incident.“I think people are confident in saying they didn’t have an active role,” Mitch Mortvedt, head of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said to KCCI in a 2017 interview. “However, that doesn’t rule out anything coming in in the future.”Misty Morrissey has since been released from prison. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said it has followed up on nearly 2,000 leads.In the 10 years since this tragedy occurred, no arrests have been made. Lyric and Elizabeth’s families continue to get updates from state investigators. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the investigation is still active.The reward to find the person who murdered Lyric and Elizabeth is now more than $100,000. If you have a tip, email the Division of Criminal Investigation at dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us, or call the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

Wednesday marks the 10-year anniversary since the kidnapping and murder of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook. Investigators are still looking to solve this crime.

“It’s the first thing you think of in the morning and the last at night. For me, it’s very fresh. Doesn’t seem like 10 years,” Drew Collins, Elizabeth’s father, said in an interview in June.

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Eight-year-old Elizabeth and 10-year-old Lyric were riding bikes in Evansdale, Iowa, near a popular recreational lake in the middle of town on July 13, 2012.

Investigators found their bikes and a pink purse near the lake hours later. The two cousins were nowhere to be seen.

Callie Collins, Elizabeth’s sister, was only 4 years old when the girls went missing. In a 2017 interview, Callie said she remembered asking to join on the bike ride, only to be told that she had to stay behind.

Hunters discovered Elizabeth and Lyric’s bodies in a remote wildlife area in January, 5 months after they went missing. The area where their bodies were found was about 25 miles from where the girls were last seen.

“It’s still devastating every day not to have her,” Heather Collins, Elizabeth’s mother and Lyric’s aunt, said in an interview in June.

Authorities never revealed the cause of death to the public because they believe it is information only the killer would know.

Federal authorities and Evansdale police said that the suspect is likely familiar with the area and saw a window of opportunity to kidnap and kill the two girls. Investigators said the murderers may also have attempted to abduct children in the past and may have tried to change their appearance after the girls’ deaths.

Video below: Previous news coverage 2 years after the murders

Lyric’s parents, Dan and Misty Morrissey, have both received prison sentences for unrelated drug charges. At the time, their involvement with drugs fueled speculation. Authorities now say they do not believe Lyric’s parents were involved in the incident.

“I think people are confident in saying they didn’t have an active role,” Mitch Mortvedt, head of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said to KCCI in a 2017 interview. “However, that doesn’t rule out anything coming in in the future.”

Misty Morrissey has since been released from prison.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said it has followed up on nearly 2,000 leads.

In the 10 years since this tragedy occurred, no arrests have been made.

Lyric and Elizabeth’s families continue to get updates from state investigators. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the investigation is still active.

The reward to find the person who murdered Lyric and Elizabeth is now more than $100,000.

If you have a tip, email the Division of Criminal Investigation at dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us, or call the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

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