Memorial Ride and Drive to highlight other missing, unsolved

JEFF REINITZ — July 12, 2018

Riders take off for the annual Memorial Ride and Drive last July.

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.


We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

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

Donald Murphy
Donald Murphy
39 YOA
Knoxville, IA
Marion County
July 20, 1984
Rick Lynne Davis
Rick Lynne Davis
36 YOA
Oskaloosa, IA
Mahaska County
July 20, 1986

Scott Althoff, 23
300th Street
West of La Motte, IA
Jackson County
July 21, 2002
Missing Person
Colleen K. Wright
Age at Report: 53
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Case # 2011-25522
July 21, 2011
Virgil Untied
Officer Virgil P. Untied
33 YOA
Minburn, IA
Dallas County
Died: July 27, 1931
Shot: July 23, 1931
Anthony Posley
Anthony Posley
22 YOA
1600 Blk Sixth Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
July 23, 2006
Christy Connor
Christy J. Connor
19 YOA
215 E Central Park Ave
Davenport, IA
Case # 2005-24862
July 24, 2005
Dennis StrableDennis Dean Strable
59 YOA
45th St. & Kingman Blvd.
Des Moines, Iowa
Polk County
July 24, 2016
Paul M. Brule
30 YOA
2218 Sixth Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
July 25, 1998
Arthur Rascon
Arthur Rascon
Age at Report: 72
Missing From:
Davenport, IA
Missing Since:
July 25, 2005
Nels Louvring
Nels P. Louvring
51 YOA
315 Water Street
Fayette, IA
Fayette County
July 29, 1933
Geralyn Kean
Geralyn Jean Kean
17 YOA
446 SE Hart
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1975-26584
July 29, 1975

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