Officials "confident" that remains are those of missing cousins

State medical examiner's office is still completing its investigation

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EVANSDALE, Iowa— Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Abben Thursday said police are confident the two bodies found in Seven Bridges wildlife area in Bremer County Wednesday are the missing cousins.

In a short press conference Thursday afternoon, Abben said they still cannot officially say the bodies are the girls until the state medical examiner’s office completes its investigation. But he added that there seems little doubt.

“We had no other missing people” and the bodies found were small in stature, Abben said.

Lyric Cook-Morrissey, now 11, and Elizabeth Collins, 9, went missing July 13 in Evansdale. There has been no sign of the girls for months, and officials ruled their disappearance a kidnapping.

Hunters found two bodies in the wildlife area Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, investigators spent the entire day today combing the 125-acre Seven Bridges Park, a county-owned wildlife area between Readlyn and Dunkerton. They also walked the ditches along 270th Street, the road leading to the park.

Abben said the investigation into the area where the bodies were found could take days.

Abben asked the public to help them in their investigation by calling in any tips they may have as to the case. The reward of $150,000 remains in effect.

The investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Bremer County authorities, Black Hawk County authorities and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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