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Officials Rule Out Suspect in Iowa Cousins Case

Updated: 05/14/2014 8:11 PM
Created: 05/14/2014 8:09 PM KAALtv.com

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have ruled out a potential suspect in the case of two young cousins whose bodies were found months after their disappearance in northeast Iowa.
    
Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that an investigation into Michael Klunder indicates he wasn't in the area when Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins disappeared in July 2012.
    
Elizabeth was 8 and Lyric was 10 when they were last seen riding their bikes near a lake in Evansdale. Hunters found their bodies in a rural area several months later.
    
Klunder became a potential suspect in the case following his death in May 2013. Shortly before he killed himself, authorities say he kidnapped a 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl. The younger girl escaped, but police say Klunder killed the teen.
    
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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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