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Police continue actively investigating 2012 deaths of 2 young Iowa cousins who disappeared


WATERLOO, Iowa — Investigators continue to try to solve the case of the two Iowa girls whose bodies were found several months after they disappeared in 2012.

Interim Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen tells the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1JnH2eC ) the department doesn't consider the deaths a 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins a cold case.

A fulltime investigator is still assigned to the case, and additional officers help out as needed. But no arrests have been made.

"Nobody has put it on a shelf and said we're done with this," Jensen said. "We're still scratching for every little lead we can get."

Earlier this year, police asked the public for tips about anyone who is familiar with the remote wildlife area where the girls' bodies were found in December 2012.

Numerous tips came in after that plea for help, but many of them didn't lead anywhere.

Jensen said running down leads in the case is a never-ending process.

"There is always something to do, always something to check into, always something to look at," Jensen said.

Jensen said investigators continue looking for clues that might help solve the case.

The cousins went missing on July 13, 2012, while riding their bikes in downtown Evansdale, Iowa.

The Seven Bridges Wildlife Area where the girls' bodies were found is a remote area on the Wapsipinicon River in northeastern Iowa.

A reward of more than $150,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the girls' killer.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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