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Iowa officials make changes on how to issue Amber Alerts

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Memorials set up for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook who went missing in July 2012. Memorials set up for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook who went missing in July 2012.

High-profile kidnapping and murder cases in Iowa have prompted state authorities to make a change to how they issue Amber Alerts.

This week, officials announced the new policy means authorities only need a description of the child, the child's abductor, or the abductor's vehicle.

The change drew praise from the mother of Elizabeth Collins, who disappeared from Evansdale, Iowa, along with her cousin, Lyric Cook, in July of 2012.

The girls were found dead five months later.

"When I woke up today and I was praying, 'Lord, let something happen big today, even if it's not huge huge, just something that will, just to show that what we're doing is what we should be doing," said Heather Collins, Elizabeth's Mother.

Before the change, some officials needed both a description of the child and the suspect.

The Amber Alert criteria group hadn't met to revise the requirements in more than 10 years.

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