Organizers plan prayer vigil two months after Iowa girls' disappearance

Cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, Elizabeth Collins disappeared in Evansdale July 13

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A prayer vigil on the two-month anniversary of the disappearance of cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Meyers Lake. The public is welcome.

Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Collins, 9, disappeared on a bike ride that afternoon. Their bicycles and Collins’ cell phone were found on a recreational trail near Meyers Lake. After an extensive search around the lake authorities declared the incident an abduction. The case has attracted national attention.

At Thursday’s vigil, T-shirts supporting the search for the girls will be available. Religious readings will be conducted and the public is invited to bring candles for the observance. Music will be provided by Michael Pauling. Children will have an opportunity to make letters or pictures to share in support of the missing girls.

Petitions also will be available for the public to sign supporting the so-called “Cousins Law,” a proposed state law change regarding the timeliness of the process in which the public is notified when a child disappearance occurs.

More information on the vigil is available on the Facebook page “Vigil for Elizabeth and Lyric, Don’t Stop Believing.”

Can drive at NCC

Also, a can and bottle drive to raise funds benefiting organizations aiding in the search for missing cousins will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Ag Building on the National Cattle Congress grounds.

Organizer Jamie Mangrich said deposits from every can or bottle collected will go towards the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which he said has been a big help in the search for the girls. The organization also has helped with a reward fund for information leading to locating them. Volunteers will be there to help sort and bag up all cans and plastic beverage container for transportation to Metro Area Redemption Center in Cedar Falls to be counted and sorted by machine.

Container deposit money raised will go to The Missing And Exploited Children’s Fund, as requested by most of the missing girls’ family members. No monetary donations will be accepted.

Some volunteers may be available to go door to door to pick up containers for those not able to transport them to the Cattle Congress grounds.

More information may be obtained online on the Facebook page “Lyric and Elizabeth’s Cans of Hope,” or at

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