The second of two eastern Iowa cousins abducted and killed last year was finally laid to rest Saturday morning.
It’s been ten months since Elizabeth Collins and her cousin Lyric Cook went missing while riding their bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.
Five months later, two hunters found the girls bodies in a wooded area of Bremer County.
Investigators have not announced any suspects or released the cause of deaths.
Elizabeth’s parents, Drew and Heather, held a public burial service at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.
More than one hundred people offered their support to the Collins family.
“It’s excruciating. It’s hard. I mean anytime you bury a child especially it’s hard, but when you bury a child under these circumstances it’s even harder,” said mom, Heather. “I think the healing process will really happen when this person’s found. I think that’ll become more of a closure.”
The family held a private burial for Elizabeth’s cousin, Lyric Cook, last month.
The community is working to build a memorial at Meyers Lake in honor of the two girls.
Additional reporting by KWWL