UPDATE: Authorities confirm bodies are 2 Iowa cousins
EVANSDALE, Iowa (WAOW) -Authorities have now confirmed the two bodies found in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area last Wednesday are Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who have been missing since July 13, according to Newsline 9's sister station KWWL based out of Waterloo, Iowa.
Chief Kent Smock of the Evansdale Police Department said the families of the girls have been notified.
A full report will be forwarded to law enforcement after autopsy testing is completed.
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.