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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -
A lead investigator on the case contacted KWWL Monday with new tips that could possibly lead to more information in the Lyric and Elizabeth case.
Evansdale cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins were abducted last July while on a bicycle ride in Evansdale.
Months later, their bodies were found in Bremer County.
Authorities on Monday morning said they have three separate witnesses who say they saw a white, older-model, full-size SUV-type vehicle -- similar to a Chevy Suburban or a Ford Bronco -- parked on Arbutus Avenue on July 13.
Investigators want to speak with the person or persons in the vehicle or anyone who has frequented the Meyers Lake area in a similar vehicle.
The person or persons in the vehicle should not be considered a suspect or person of interest at this time, but may have information about the case, officials say.
Arbutus Avenue meets up with the bike trail near Meyers Lake, where Lyric and Elizabeth's bikes were found.
Two of the witnesses say they saw the white SUV parked between these two bike trail signs.
The other witness told police they saw the vehicle parked near the woods on the east side of the lake -- only a few hundred feet from where the bikes were found.
All of three of these individuals say they saw this SUV between the times of 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on July 13, 2012.
Authorities hope this may jog people's memory and they may get more information with this tip now out in the public.
"There (are) just a lot of reports, a lot of information to read through," said Mike Roehrkasse with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation. "Now that there's a little bit of a lull, we are able to start pouring through those reports and make those connections."
"I think, and I hope, that this is kind of the beginning," he added.
All three of the witnesses describe the vehicle as a large and clunky white SUV.
One of the witnesses described the SUV as an old-style boxy suburban.
Two of these witnesses came forward with this information during canvassing. The other tip came in several months later because the person thought someone had already brought this up.
"The one that kind of got the ball rolling was actually several months later. They didn't know if it would be important and that's kind of what we want to stress to the public is any piece of information can be important," said Roehrkasse.
Authorities want people to remember that, no matter the size or significance of the tip, it may be that key piece to the investigation.
If you have any tips, no matter how insignificant you believe them to be, authorities ask that you call the tip line at (319) 232-6682.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:03:59 GMT
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