EVANSDALE, Iowa (WXOW) - Evidence found at the scene where two bodies were found by hunters Wednesday leads authorities to believe they are the Iowa cousins who went missing five months ago.
In a brief news conference Thursday afternoon, Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rick Abben says that investigators are confident based on evidence found at the scene that the bodies are that of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins. Abben also says that they are not aware of any other missing people in the area. He added the bodies found were smaller in size.
Hunters found the bodies of two young girls Wednesday afternoon in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in nearby Bremer County.
The bodies were taken to Ankeny for autopsy and positive identification. Abben says that law enforcement is still waiting to see those results.
Investigators from the county, state, and federal continue to search the wildlife area where the bodies were found and probably will be there until Monday according to Abben.
When asked if this was now a homicide investigation, Abben stated, "we considered it an abduction at the time and we're proceeding with that. I would say that we are looking that way. At this time we have two bodies. but we're going to rely on the state medical examiner to tell us what they think."
Tips on the July 13th disappearance of the two girls continues to come in, Abben says, as investigators track down leads on any suspicious activity around the area where the bodies were found.
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