MISSING COUSINS: Two Month Anniversary
Thursday afternoon, September 13th marks two months since anyone has seen 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook.
A vigil is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Organizers will be selling tee-shirts, reading scriptures, and making new signs to hang at the lake.
The Cousins’ Law Petition will also be there.
Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins have been missing from Evansdale since July 13.
The missing girls’ case did not meet the criteria necessary to issue an Amber Alert, but there has been a petition for a new law to create faster response times in abduction cases called Cousin’s Law.
Robin Arnold then started an online petition.
Under Cousin’s Law there will be five guidelines:
First parents will need to report their child is missing right away otherwise be fined.
Secondly law enforcement will access the national non-profit service called “A Child is Missing.”
The third guideline would be voluntary vehicle searches. Those did happen a few days after the girls went missing, but Arnold wants to see those searches within an hour of the disappearance.
The fourth guideline Arnold wants to see is a “Cousins’ Law” alert shown on billboards and other roadside signs.
And finally, if eight hours go by without finding a missing child, searchers would look into the hot spots for human trafficking.
The Cousins Law is only in the beginning stages, but so far thousands of people have signed the petition.
Thanks to affiliate KWWL for this story.