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Police seek killer of Iowa cousins

Robert Carpenter hangs an angel on a tree during a vigil for missing cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who vanished while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. Authorities announced Thursday they are confident bodies found in an isolated wildlife area are those of the two girls. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)
Robert Carpenter hangs an angel on a tree during a vigil for missing cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who vanished while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. Authorities announced Thursday they are confident bodies found in an isolated wildlife area are those of the two girls. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

Robert Carpenter hangs an angel on a tree during a vigil for missing cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who vanished while riding bikes in Evansdale in July, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Evansdale, Iowa. Authorities announced Thursday they are confident bodies found in an isolated wildlife area are those of the two girls.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — A sheriff investigating the apparent kidnapping and slaying of two Iowa cousins said Friday that the discovery of the young girls’ bodies is a long-awaited break in the case that could help find their killer.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said investigators would be deliberate in pursuing the case of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who were 10 and 8 when they disappeared in Evansdale in July. Hunters stumbled upon two bodies believed to be Cook and Collins in a wooded wildlife area some 25 miles away on Wednesday.

Thompson said it could take “several weeks” for their autopsies to be complete and the results to be made public.

“We’re going to be extremely meticulous and we’re not going to apologize for that,” he said a phone interview with The Associated Press. “We’ve got an opportunity to find a killer.” Full story.

Heartbreaking end to this story.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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