A sheriff involved in the investigation of the apparent kidnapping and slaying of two Iowa girls says the focus now is on finding whoever was responsible for their deaths.
Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said Friday that investigators are going to be deliberate in the case of Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins, who were 10 and 8 when they disappeared while riding their bicycles near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, about 90 miles northeast of Des Moines, on July 13th.
Hunters found two bodies Wednesday afternoon believed to be the cousins in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area along the Wapsipinicon River about 25 miles from Evansdale.
Thompson said it could take weeks for results of their autopsies to be released. Authorities are going to be "extremely meticulous" in their work because, he says, "We've got an opportunity to find a killer."
The mother of one of the cousins says the girls are "dancing up with our savior" after hunters found the bodies. Heather Collins wrote Thursday on Facebook that her family knew the outcome could be tragic. She says the outcome is not "the one that we wanted," but that that God would give the family strength and comfort.
Collins thanked the community for an outpouring of support. Her Facebook posts were the family's first comments since authorities announced the discovery of the bodies.
Dozens of people held a prayer vigil Wednesday night near the site where investigators found the girls' bicycles and a pink purse.