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Vigil held for missing Iowa cousins

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Five months after two cousins vanished while riding their bikes, residents of the Iowa community where they were last seen are waiting to hear whether two bodies found by hunters are those of the girls.

Investigators say the families of 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 11-year-old Lyric Cook asked for privacy after being told that the bodies were discovered Wednesday in a wooded area.

Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben wouldn't say where the bodies were found. He says more information could be released Thursday.

He says the bodies will be identified by the state medical examiner's office.

The cousins disappeared July 13 near a popular recreational lake in Evansdale in northeast Iowa. Investigators found their bicycles and a pink purse near the lake, but no sign of the girls.

Dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for two Iowa cousins who disappeared in July, just hours after investigators announced that hunters had found two bodies in a wooded area.

The vigil was held Wednesday night at a lake in Evansdale where investigators had found the bicycles belonging to the girls.

Some of the roughly 70 people attending the prayer vigil were holding out hope that the bodies weren't those of the cousins, others seemed resigned to the tragic news.

Barb Collins, of nearby Waterloo, says the community is grieving.

Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben says the girls' families were told about the two bodies and are asking for privacy. The bodies will be identified by the state medical examiner's office.

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