The pain is still very fresh for an Iowa mother. After months of hoping she would see her little girl and niece again, she now knows the girls are gone forever.
"We so want her back in our arms."
In her first interview since finding out her daughter is dead, Heather Collins admits to KWWL she worries about what comes next. "I don't need to know how she was murdered. I don't need to know what anybody has done to her," Heather Collins said.
Heather wants to remember her 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth for her sweet smile, not for the horror of how she died. "The more I know the more evil I know about it. It would consumer me," Collins said.
Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook's bodies were found in a quiet area north of Evansdale Iowa last week.
"We at least know where she is now. She's in a much better place, even though it's not the outcome we wanted. Now we need to find out who did it," Collins said
Heather believes someone killed her daughter and niece, and hopes whoever is behind their deaths will pay for it.
"I don't need to know any of that because it's in God's hands. God will take care of that person on Judgment Day," Collins said.
The Evansdale Police are not calling the death of the two girls a homicide just yet, but they are warning parents to be extra cautious.