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Remembering Lyric and Elizabeth: One Year Later
EVANSDALE, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - Saturday will mark the one year anniversary since two Evansdale cousins disappeared while on a bike ride.
The bikes of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were later found at Myers Lake or what is now called Angel's Park. Five months after their disappearance, on December 5, 2012, their bodies were discovered at the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area.
Its been a terrible year for Elizabeth's parents, Heather and Drew, but they said they're finding ways to honor the girl's memory. They are fighting to change Amber Alert laws in Iowa because the girl’s disappearance didn’t meet the state guidelines for an Amber Alert to be issued. They wonder if it could have saved them.
"Iowa has it set up so you have to see a person and or a vehicle taking a child or a person in order to put out an Amber Alert,” Heather said.
Drew has also teamed up with Waterloo Crime Stoppers to help document unregistered sex offenders in the state.
They’re also actively involved in a volunteer effort at Angles Park to help create a memorial for Elizabeth, Lyric and other young murder victims. The Collins said fighting for others and for the girl's legacy keeps them going. That includes forgiving the person or persons responsible for the girl’s deaths.
"In order for me to be a productive person, you can't have all that anger and animosity in you.” Heather said.
“He took my daughter's life, he's not going to take mine, he's not going to have control.” Drew added.
Police said they are still aggressively looking for answers in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call the Evansdale Police Department at 319-232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-855-300-TIPS.