Collins family maintains hope in search for missing girls

'We're keeping our faith in God,' Evansdale parents say

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It's been nearly two weeks since Drew and Heather Collins last saw their daughter, but the couple isn't giving up hope Elizabeth will be home soon.

And the Evansdale couple prays no one else will either.

"We're keeping our faith in God He will bring her home safe," Heather said during an interview with The Courier Thursday.

The Collinses, of Evansdale, said they are confident authorities are doing everything possible to find Elizabeth, 8, and her 10-year-old cousin Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Waterloo. The girls went missing July 13.

Initially, authorities classified the disappearance as a missing-persons case, but now consider it an abduction. The girls went for a bike ride from the Collins home a little before noon on July 13 and never returned.

The bikes and Elizabeth's purse were found on the southeast corner of Meyers Lake on and by the nature trail, but authorities have no clues to their whereabouts.

"They've got leads. They're tracking leads. They're leaving no stone unturned," Drew said.

"We're very happy. We can't say any unkind thing," Heather added about the investigation.

Until the girls come home, the couple said they're relying on their faith in God and each other to get through each day.

The couple said life will forever be different, but it doesn't stop. After all, they have three other children to care for --- Kelly, 12; Amber, 6; and Callie, 4.

Heather said the kids miss their sister terribly and pray for her safe return, along with their cousin. Like typical siblings, the kids laughed, played and bugged each other.

Now, their bond is stronger than ever.

"Amber keeps praying that whoever has them to bring them home," Heather said. "We stick together as a family."

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