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ELIZABETH COLLINS & LYRIC COOK: Cousins murdered in Iowa - 2012

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by Kimster, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    C'mon, call in that tip - no matter how small!
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Remembering Lyric & Elizabeth: Murals shed light on unsolved case

    Two artists are using their artwork to try and get new leads for the unsolved murders of Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

    Despite countless leads, no arrests have been made yet in the girls' murders.

    Their deaths have left a permanent scar on the Eastern Iowa community.

    Four years later, and the families of both Lyric and Elizabeth are still looking for answers.Their cold case inspired artists Jeff Sonksen and Christopher Leet to create murals of the girls, using what they know best-art- to bring awareness to their case.


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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I hope their killer has to drive by those murals often and is haunted by them.
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  4. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    If the killer is local, would this be something that they are drawn to visit? Maybe worth keeping an eye on who turns up at the mural and see if there are repeat visitors. Especially considering they are very lifelike images.
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Good point! Cameras would be worth it....
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Drew Collins not giving up on Lyric & Elizabeth

    There is no connection between the murders of two young Indiana girls and Lyric and Elizabeth, at this time, according to Indiana investigators.

    The Indiana girls' bodies were found in a wooded area after they disappeared last month while out hiking.

    It's eerily similar to the case involving the Evansdale cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who went missing in July of 2012.

    Their bodies were found months later by a couple of hunters at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County.

    Years later, no arrests have been made.

    But investigators saying Thursday, it all appears to be a coincidence.

    "At this time I can assure you we have spoken with the investigators in Iowa and at this point, it does appear to be coincidental that the two cases are similar. Based on the evidence we are not able to connect the two at this time," said Indiana State Police Sergeant John Perrine.

    A possible lead to justice for Lyric and Elizabeth, now looking more like a dead end.

    It is something Elizabeth's dad, Drew realizes as he pets Elizabeth's dog, Gus.

    "We are not going to stop telling the story. We are just going to get it out there are much as we can," said Drew Collins.

    Continuing to keep his girls at the forefront of not only Iowa's mind, but the nation; hoping someone somewhere knows just one little thing that will turn this case around.

    But for Drew, no connection to Indiana's recent tragedy is a frightening thought.

    "It is even scarier, to me, that it isn't one person and that there are two people out there. It makes it worse that there could be two people out there that are capable of doing something like this," said Drew.

    More: http://www.kwwl.com/story/34713412/2017/03/09/drew-collins-not-giving-up-on-lyric-elizabeth
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Lyric & Elizabeth Memorial Ride set for next month

    The Memorial Ride and Drive in memory of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins is set for next month.

    It will be the 5th annual ride for the Evansdale cousins. The two went missing nearly five years ago while riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale. Their bodies were then found about five months later at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County.

    The ride is set for July 15th at 8 a.m. It begins and ends at Lofty's Lounge in Evansdale. The cost of registration is $20, with proceeds going towards Angel's Memorial Park and Cedar Valley Crimestoppers.


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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The pain of 2 Iowa girls' killings remains, but resolve in Evansdale only grows

    Among the perplexing aspects of the killings: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says abductions of random children have become less common; predators typically seek children online. It's rarer still for two children to be taken at once, and in the middle of the day.

    This year, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation did a "hard reset" in the case, said special agent Mike Roehrkasse.

    Hundreds of people from dozens of agencies have contributed to five years of interviews, physical investigations and data collection, creating an unwieldy mountain of potential evidence.

    Now, Roehrkasse said, three DCI agents and an investigator at the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office will be the “core group" in an effort to cut out some of the noise.

    In April, they started reviewing the case from the beginning. That consistent understanding of the case could make canvassing neighborhoods more effective, Roehrkasse said.

    “Everyone is on same playbook. They know what’s important and valuable,” Roehrkasse said. “You have to go back and digest it a little more.”

    It’s highly probable the killer knows the Seven Bridges area, because he or she may have lived there or previously visited the park, Roehrkasse said.

    Seven Bridges is in an an isolated area with only the one sign indicating its existence. Former high schoolers in the area said it was a party spot, so some people are familiar with it, said Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett.

    At least two people have tried to confess to taking the girls, but investigators knew they weren't responsible because they didn't know any of the many details of the case that have not been made public.

    In the last five years, the DCI has looked into family members, friends, neighbors and over 300 sex offenders.

    That includes suspects in other high-profile cases involving children. Michael Klunder kidnapped two girls in Dayton in 2013 — one escaped, and Klunder killed the other and later himself. But investigators determined he was not a suspect in the Evansdale case.

    When asked about Jeff Lee Altmayer, an Ankeny man who is in jail on suspicion of enticing children with the intent to commit sex abuse, Roehrkasse said, “Most I’ll say about him is he’s a lead. ... He’s somebody we’re definitely keeping an eye on.”

    Altmayer, 57, was arrested after being accused of trying to lure a 6-year-old girl into his car with $100, and falsely claiming to be a police officer in Onawa on Nov. 16.

    Altmayer is considered a person of interest in a June 2016 child enticement case from Cedar Falls, about 12 miles from Evansdale, Police Capt. Mike Hayes said. A man reportedly approached three young girls at a park in Cedar Falls and offered them money to get into his car, Hayes said. Altmayer has not been charged. An investigation continues.

    Much, much more at link. Good article.
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    5 YEARS LATER: Investigators continuing to look into new leads in the Lyric and Elizabeth case

    Today marks five years since eastern Iowa hunters found the bodies of Evansdale cousins, Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

    The cousins went missing near Meyers Lake back in July of 2012. Their bodies were found nearly five months later at the Seven Bridges Wildlife area in Bremer County.

    Collins says, "Each day we make it through, we are one day closer to the day we are going to find this person."

    KWWL spoke with DCI Agent Scott Reger who says this is still a very active case with new tips coming in on a monthly basis. He's encouraging people with information to please call in, even the smallest bit can make a big difference in this case.

    There is a substantial reward of 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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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    5 years later, tips still coming in for Evansdale case

    It's a case that has long puzzled and frustrated Iowa investigators, but five years later, they reveal they're still getting new tips in the murders of two cousins in Evansdale.

    Police say it's still an active case, they're getting new tips every month.

    The reward is past $20,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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