EVANSDALE, Iowa --- A group of volunteers have removed most of the pink and purple ribbons from around Meyers Lake.
The ribbons, put in place to remember young cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins, were not thrown away, however. Instead, they will be recycled by students from Expo High School in Waterloo.
Students and staff from the school were on hand to help take down the ribbons Friday morning. They then took the ribbons back to the school and shredded them. The shredded ribbons will be placed in mesh bags and hung in trees.
“Birds can take them and make nests out of them,” said Dona Frickson, a volunteer with the Angels Memorial group. The group is creating a lasting memorial on the island at Myers Lake to the girls and others.
The girls disappeared in July 2012, and their bodies were found about five months later at a wooded area in Bremer County near Readlyn about 20 miles away.
The girls’ bicycles were found abandoned at the lake. The investigation into their deaths continues.
“The students came out to help us, which I think is just awesome,” Frickson said. “And we want people to understand that the ribbons are not just being thrown away.”