Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers Amps Up Rewards in Two Cases

New $50K Reward for InformationCedar Valley Crime Stoppers on Tuesday announced a new $50,000 reward in exchange for information that leads to an arrest in the disappearance and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, whose bodies were found in December 2012 at Seven Bridges Wildlife Park, about 25 miles from where they went missing.

The reward was announced Tuesday morning and is separate from other rewards that would be contingent upon a conviction.

On July 13th, 2012, Elizabeth and her cousin, Lyric Cook, went for a bike ride in Evansdale but never returned home. Their abandoned bikes were located on a trail in the southeast corner of Meyers Lake later that day. Their disappearance was investigated by local, state and federal officials. Hunters in the Seven Bridges park discovered their bodies December 5, 2012.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers believes that someone other than the person(s) responsible has the final piece of information that could solve this case.

Tips may be submitted by:

  • Calling Evansdale police at (319) 232-6682
  • Calling Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-8477
  • Emailing the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at OURMISSINGIOWAGIRLS@DPS.STATE.IA.US
  • Visiting WWW.CVCRIMESTOP.COM and submitting the information online
  • Using Tipsoft by texting the word Cedar plus the tip to 274637 (Crimes)

A person is eligible for the reward regardless of which of these specific methods is used to submit the information. Tipsoft allows a person to remain anonymous but allows law enforcement to communicate back and forth with the person to clarify information.

$58K Reward for info in Micalla Rettinger death

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has also offered a new reward of $58,000 for information that brings closure to the April 2019 death of Micalla Rettinger.

Micalla Rettinger RewardOn Sunday, April 28 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Waterloo police responded to the report of a possible motor vehicle accident on Hwy 218 near the Greenhill exit. When police arrived they found a single vehicle off the roadway on the southbound side of 218 on the Greenhill off-ramp. The vehicle was occupied by three adults.

At this time it appears the vehicle had been traveling south on 218 when it was struck by a single gunshot. The bullet entered the vehicle, striking two of the three occupants. The female driver, Micalla Rettinger, died at the scene. A male occupant, Adam Kimball, was taken to Allen Hospital and later transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for further treatment. The third occupant was not injured.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Waterloo police at (319) 291-4340 ext. 7, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-TIPS (8477). TIPS are also received by texting CEDAR plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or leave tips at www.cvcrimestop.com.

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

Christopher Stewart Christopher Stewart
Age at Report: 36
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Case # 03-32325
August 17, 2003
Dorothy Miller Dorothy H. Miller
48 YOA
118 Grand Street
Burlington, IA
Case # 69-00950
August 18, 1969
Charles Netherland Charles Netherland
25 YOA
801 Mulberry Ave.
Muscatine, IA
Muscatine County
August 18, 2012
Roger Warren Roger Warren
12 YOA
Mississippi River
Davenport, IA
Scott County
August 19, 1979
Naomi Wilson Naomi Wilson, 32
1618 13th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Went missing 4-12-81
Would be celebrating 71st birthday August 20
tammy-zywicki-165px Tammy J. Zywicki
21 YOA
College student in 
Grinnell, IA
Poweshiek County
August 23, 1992
Brenda Dailey Brenda Ann Dailey
53 YOA
702 Monona St.
Mapleton, Iowa
Monona County
August 24, 2015
Barbara Elms Barbara L. Elms
Age at Report: 50
Missing From:
Cedar Rapids, IA
Case # 93019256
August 25, 1993
Dorothy Coon Dorothy Coon
38 YOA
Rural Chariton, IA
Lucas County
Case # 60-07871
August 26, 1960

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