Thursday marked two months since Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook disappeared in Evansdale. Investigators believe someone snatched the cousins while they were riding their bikes near Meyers Lake on July 13th.
Chief Deputy Richard Abben said they're getting tips every day, although not as many as they received the first few weeks. They have confirmed additional people saw Lyric and Elizabeth the day of their disappearance.
Thursday, they issued a plea for anyone who was in the Arbutus Avenue, Gilbert Drive, and Elmer Avenue areas on July 13th, and who may have seen the girls, to call police. Several witnesses reported seeing the cousins in this area between 12:30 and 1:00 that afternoon.
At a candlelight vigil Thursday night, Elizabeth's parents Drew and Heather Collins once again asked for help from the community -- saying, someone knows where the girls are, and they just want them home.
The last two months has truly tested the faith of many in the Evansdale community. Some who have never met Elizabeth or Lyric, others who know the cousins well.
"I question God sometimes -- what are you doing? And Drew says, don't do that! Don't question God. He knows what he's doing," said Robin Arnold, a family friend and creator of the Cousin's Law.
Drew and Heather have never let their faith slip. It's what's holding them up day after day.
"That's the reason why we get up in the morning. That's the only way we get up in the morning. Because the Lord is getting us up and giving us strength to get through another moment... another hour... another day," said Heather.
It's now 62 days, and counting, in which the Collins have woken up thinking today they'd see their daughter again.
"Every morning," said Drew. "At night it gets hard, because we know it wasn't that day. But then we just look forward to the next day. Wake up thinking, today could be the day. We know every day that we get up, we're one day closer to that day."
When that day does come, this community of friends and family will be here to welcome Lyric and Elizabeth home. They can picture the moment and the emotions.
"Being hugged by many and loved by many. That's not their children. That's our children. We love them," said Arnold.
Investigators ask you to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Even if you think it's minor, it may be the break authorities need. Also, study the girls' photos closely -- not just their hair or eye color -- those can be changed. Look at their smile or their freckles, and keep their images in mind when you see children in public.
If you do have any information, you're urged to contact authorities at 319-232-6682 or email@example.com. A $50,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible.
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