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JEFF REINITZ email@example.com — July 12, 2018
EVANSDALE — Missing persons cases and unsolved homicides — some going back more three decades — will be highlighted Saturday as the community turns out to remember two young cousins whose killer has evaded justice for six years.
The Memorial Ride and Drive for Lyric and Elizabeth marks the disappearance of cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins. The two young cousins disappeared July 13, 2012, while riding their bikes in Evansdale, and their bodies were found months later in another county. No arrests have been made.
The annual ride draws 300 to 400 people and raises money for the local Crime Stoppers program — which pays money for tips that solve crimes — and Angels Park, a memorial for the cousins and others taken too soon.
This year, the event will include a tribute to honor the victims of up to a dozen other unsolved crimes, said Drew Collins, Elizabeth’s father.
“For a lot of these families, it has been 20 years or even 30 years, so they kind of feel forgotten, they feel like their cases are forgotten. We just want to let those people know, from Crime Stoppers, that they are not forgotten,” Drew Collins said. “I just feel that getting the word out on some of these other cases could help them” lead to an arrest.
At the top of the list is Jake Wilson, a 15-year-old autistic boy from La Porte City who disappeared in early April. Family members said Jake left the house to visit a nearby creek and never returned. Weeks of searches that drew hundreds of volunteer followed, but Jake remains missing.
Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.