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Family hopes Siouxlanders can help find Eastern Iowa girls


They went missing in Eastern Iowa, but the kidnapping of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook has captured the attention of people across the state.

To mark the four-month anniversary of the cousins disappearance on July 13th, family and friends are fanning out with flyers.  Elizabeth's dad, Drew, canvassed Sioux City in the hopes that someone might recognize her.  His hope is to find the girls alive before the holidays.

While he wants people to keep a lookout for his daughter and niece, he also wants to warn parents to keep an eye on their own kids.

"I never thought in a million years this would happen to my family.  I'm sure every parent that has this happen says the same thing.  It can happen to your family," said Collins. 

As he went up and down Sioux City's streets, Collins discovered that many people were already familiar with this daughter's disappearance.  Business owners welcomed the flyers and wished Collins prayers in his search.

"I have a lot of family and friends in the Waterloo-Evansdale area that joined in the search and they've kept me up to date on what's going on there,"  downtown business owner Charles Swaggerty-Morgan told Collins.

The case has been plagued by the criminal past of the other set of parents involved.

Lyric Cook's mom, Misty Morrissey will be in court Wednesday for a probation violation in a decades old drug activities.

While Collins believes the negative attention has changed some people's perceptions about the abduction, he doesn't believe it's having an effect on the police investigation.

Take a closer look at Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook:

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