The girls’ grandmother, Wylma Cook, says she fears they were abducted.
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Elizabeth Collins, 8, and her cousin, Lyric Cook, 10, were last seen around midday Friday, riding their bicycles in downtown Evansdale, Iowa.
Police say they found the girls’ bicycles and a bag they were carrying on a trail near Meyers Lake.
Crews used boats to search the lake and volunteers looked in the woods Saturday and were back today, but haven’t found what happened to the girls.
“We will keep searching until we are confident that they are not in that lake,” Captain Rick Abben, a chief deputy with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News affiliate KCRG.“I thought with the helicopters and my other son and a friend going on four-wheelers until four o’clock in the morning they would see all these lights and stuff or something,” Cook told KCRG.“When I woke up this morning, I just bawled my eyes out.” An anonymous person has offered a ,000 reward for information leading to the girls’ whereabouts, police said.“From the time the girl’s mother heard her daughter starting to scream until mom had the fire out was probably less than a minute,” Martin told Perrenoud’s mother ran to help her daughter, “tackling her to the floor and rolling her on the floor to get the flames out,” Martin said.Police said Cleeves, 35, found a woman and man sitting in a car and began arguing with them, then was ordered to leave.