Five months ago the Evansdale community rallied to search for two missing girls, Thursday they came together again, this time to say a final goodbye.
Friends, family and hundreds of others remembered Elizabeth Collins at a service in Cedar Falls.
Elizabeth and her cousin Lyric Cook where last seen riding their bikes in Evansdale on July 13. Last week a hunter discovered their bodies in a wooded area in Bremer County, 25 miles away from where they were last seen. Now the search is on for whoever might be involved in their deaths.
Drew and Heather Collins have said they don’t want to know what happened to Elizabeth in her final moments, what is important now are the good memories.
Good memories are exactly what they shared with everyone who came to the visitation and service Thursday.
Baby pictures and other mementos from Elizabeth’s short childhood we’re on display.
Heather said she had saved those things so Elizabeth could one day share them with her children. She will never get that chance, but her family says they find peace knowing that she is in heaven watching over them now.
The family of Lyric Cook says plans for her memorial services are still being finalized, but they will likely take place sometime after the holidays..
Lyric’s grandmother says they plan to have her cremated. A family member in Dubuque has arranged a special urn to be made for her by a local monastery.
At this time, Lyric's parents, Misty and Dan Morrissey, are not speaking publicly about her death.