EVANSDALE | Iowa investigators returned over the weekend following a trip to discuss the Evansdale cousins case with experts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Virginia.
"They put forth an exceptional effort in getting us well-gifted people to hear our case," said Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock. "They were well-known people that have a ton of experience."
Smock and an agent from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation traveled to the center's headquarters in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday to present their findings in the two-year-old probe into the disappearance and deaths of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8.
The girls disappeared July 13, 2012, while riding their bikes in Evansdale, and their bodies were found about 20 miles away that December at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in rural Bremer County. No arrests have been made in their deaths.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's panel included 27 members from the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and other agencies who who were experts in different fields. One member was the last person to interview convicted serial killer Ted Bundy before he was executed, Smock said.
On Thursday, the Iowa officials delivered a presentation that covered case operations and reviewed evidence collected and possible suspects, Smock said.
Friday included a question-and-answer session followed by a roundtable discussion where each of the experts passed along thoughts on the case and gave suggestions for future investigation, Smock said.
"It was very encouraging because every one of the different disciplines offered different ideas," Smock said.
The center paid for the travel arrangements.
Investigators in the case have met with experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the past, and last week's trip was a follow-up with a larger panel.
A $150,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Also, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has a $20,500 reward for anyone coming forward with information that simply leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Evansdale Police tip line at 232-6682 or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-8477.
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