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2 bodies found, believed to be missing Iowa cousins

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Hunters have found what authorities believe are likely the bodies of Iowa cousins 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 11-year-old Lyric Cook, who went missing last summer, the Des Moines Register reports.

The girls vanished five months ago while riding bikes near a lake in Evansdale, near Waterloo, and the case briefly captured the nation’s attention. Local residents had joined a search of 12 square miles of ravines, cornfields and city backyards, the Register noted.

The bodies were found in a wooded area, a Black Hawk County sheriff's official told reporters Wednesday night, although he was not specific as to where.

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