Key Investigator into Murder of Iowa Cousins Fired

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EVANSDALE, Iowa - One of the lead investigators into the abduction and murder of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook has been fired.

KWWL-TV reports that Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock was fired Tuesday night.

Evansdale mayor Doug Faas said he could not release the reason for the firing, calling it a private personnel issue. Smock has been on leave for several weeks.

The decision came after the City Council spent about an hour in closed special session. The council agenda cites the reason for the closed session under Iowa Code 21.5 (i), which reads that a public body may close their doors, "To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance, or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session."

Smock was a longtime fixture in the Black Hawk Co. Sheriff's Office. He retired in 2009. Smock joined the Evansdale Police Department in 2012.