Evansdale Murder Investigation to be Reviewed by Experts in Virginia

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EVANSDALE, Iowa – It’s been over two years since the bodies of two Evansdale cousins were found in Bremer County. This week, detectives working on the case will visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

Representatives from the Evansdale Police Department and Iowa DCI have made the trip.

A panel of experienced investigators and psychologists including experts from the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the FBI will look into the kidnapping and murder of Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, Thursday and Friday.

The cousins disappeared in July of 2012. They were found in a wildlife refuge five months later.

No arrests have been made.

The trip is being paid for by the National Center, according to a post on the Evansdale Police Department’s website.

It’s not the first time the National Center has taken a look at it. There was an initial meeting last summer to review the case and look for more evidence.

There is a $150,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.


  • thowe

    what about the guy who kidnapped the 2 girls and killed the one from Dayton, has he been ruled out as a suspect, I think he’s dead but it would be closure and they could be working on other cases that need it.

    • Kambamberry

      They investigated him. They said his cell phone records proved he wasn’t near Evansdale at the time the girls went missing. I hope they find the person responsible very soon.

  • Kip

    I’m glad someone will be looking at this. Crime investigation in Iowa isn’t like on TV, a lot of unsolved crimes….. Hopefully we step up our game here!

  • bjertbjaeger

    It didn’t help when the lead investigator was fired for political reasons by Branstad. State police need to accept their role as lap dogs for the governor or they’ll be euthanized apparently.

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