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Hundreds remember slain Evansdale cousins 1-year after disappearance

Hundreds of people from across the country spent Saturday remembering Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

The girls disappeared on July 13th, 2012, while riding their bike near Meyers Lake in Evansdale.

On Saturday, people came together to show their support for the girls' families with a 125-mile ride across Northeast Iowa.

Organizer Chris Webb said the girls' kidnapping and murder hits close to home.

"I know if it happened to my daughter, I'd want someone to do something like this for me as well because they have enough on their plate," he said.

Webb said the goal of the ride was to continue raising awareness that the girls' murders are unsolved.

"This is the day they went missing, so we just want to bring that awareness back out to people you know, and get justice for what happened to them little girls because it's a very terrible thing," he said.

Steve Trosin of Michigan was among the hundreds of bikers who participated in the memorial ride.

He traveled more than 540-miles to participate, and said he wouldn't have missed it for the world because Elizabeth Collins was his niece.

"I remember it clearly," he said.

"I was in shock at the time, and my wife was in tears over it. But I just said that we've got to be there to support the family," said Trosin.

Trosin said his family has felt the community's support and prayers almost 600-miles away.

He hopes people continue to come forward with tips in the wake of the somber anniversary of the girls' disappearance.

"This is sick people that did this, and God's going to have to place something on their heart that says, 'Enough is enough. I need to come forward and admit it,'" he said.

Jeno Collins also traveled from Michigan for Saturday's memorial ride.

"It's very difficult still after a year," he said of his granddaughter's disappearance and murder.

"Everyone misses her very much and we'd just like to see whoever did this put away," said Collins.

Before the ride, which started at 11:00 a.m., various speakers took a stage.

Elizabeth's parents, Drew and Heather Collins, thanked the community for their support.

"It's been a hard year. We couldn't have gotten through it without you," said Drew.

Evansdale Mayor Chad Deutsch declared July 13th as "Lyric and Elizabeth Day."

Deutsch also told the crowd he plans to sign a proclamation on Tuesday that will declare the entire week as "Lyric and Elizabeth Week" in honor of the girls.

"The Cedar Valley over the past several years has been through a lot in general. You know with flooding and tornadoes, and then the worst thing of all having two children taken," he said.

"To see that our community comes together the way it does...people from not only our community, but from all over Iowa and the country for that matter. It is inspiring in a time of tragedy, and the people pull together here and take care of each other and care about each other," Deutsch added.

Abduction survivor Alicia Kozakiewicz also spoke at Saturday's memorial ride.

Since her abduction, she has founded the Alicia Project, an advocacy group for missing and exploited children.

Kozakiewicz encouraged the crowd to take every missing child case seriously.

Proceeds from the memorial ride went to Crime Stoppers and the Angels Park Memorial Fund.

Authorities continue to ask for the public's help. If you have any information you are asked to report it:

Tip Line:
319 232 6682

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers:
1 855 300 TIPS

Email:
ourmissingiowagirls@dps.state.ia.us

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