Press conference on missing Iowa cousins case is Tuesday

Press conference on missing Iowa cousins case is Tuesday

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EVANSDALE | Authorities in the missing cousins case will hold a press conference on the investigation Tuesday.

The press conference will be 10 a.m. at Evansdale City Hall. Details weren’t immediately available.

The conference comes after officers with the Evansdale Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation traveled last week to the headquarters of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.

The two-day conference included a closed-door review of the case and a roundtable discussion with experts from across the country.

Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8, disappeared while riding their bikes in Evansdale on July 13, 2012. The bodies were discovered at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in rural Bremer County in December 2012. No arrests have been made in their deaths.

"They put forth an exceptional effort in getting us well-gifted people to hear our case," said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock of the missing children center. "They were well-known people that have a ton of experience."

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's panel included 27 members from the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and other agencies who who were experts in different fields.

Last Thursday, the Iowa officials delivered a presentation that covered case operations and reviewed evidence collected and possible suspects, Smock said.

Friday included a question-and-answer session followed by a roundtable discussion where each of the experts passed along thoughts on the case and gave suggestions for future investigation, Smock said.

"It was very encouraging because every one of the different disciplines offered different ideas," Smock said.

The center paid for the travel arrangements.

A $150,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Also, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has a $20,500 reward for anyone coming forward with information that simply leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Evansdale Police tip line at 232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

Jeff Reinitz is a reporter for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, another Lee Enterprises newspaper.

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