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MISSING GIRLS: Officials Confident About Identities

Officials say they are confident the bodies found Wednesday in a wooded area in Bremer County are those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

Chief Deputy Rick Abben with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office said at a Thursday news conference that though a positive forensic identification has not been made by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, evidence found on the scene where the bodies were found makes them confident the bodies belong to the missing girls.

Abben says there were no other missing persons cases and the remains found were of a smaller stature.

Hunters contacted law enforcement Wednesday afternoon when they discovered the remains of two bodies in the Seven Bridges Park near Readlyn in Bremer County. The wildlife area is about 20 miles from where the girls were last seen.

Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were last seen July 13th. They had ridden their bikes from their grandmother’s house to Meyers Lake. Their bikes were found near the lake.

Volunteers searched the area where the girls disappeared and the lake was even partially drained.

The FBI says it believes the girls were abducted. No suspects in the case have been named.

Autopsies and positive identification will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

If you have any information on the case you’re asked to call 319-232-6682.

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