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Missing Iowa cousins: Authorities 'confident' bodies found are theirs

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MISSING IOWA GIRLS: Elizabeth Collins, left, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey are seen in these undated family photos. (Photos from the Des Moines Register)

DAVID PITT
Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're "confident" bodies found in an isolated wildlife area are those of two young Iowa cousins who disappeared while riding their bikes last summer.

Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben said that's based on evidence at the scene and the preliminary investigation. However, autopsies are still pending.

Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins vanished while riding bikes in Evansdale in July. Elizabeth was 8 and Lyric was 10.

Hunters found the bodies Wednesday in a rural park about 25 miles away.

Local and state police and the FBI joined in a massive search that continued for months after the girls disappeared. No one has been charged in the case.

Evansdale is about 90 miles northeast of Des Moines.

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