- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Officials of city in northeast Iowa have approved plans for a bridge to a memorial park that’s dedicated to homicide victims, including two cousins who were kidnapped and killed in 2012.

Evansdale officials have approved plans to replace a makeshift dirt walkway with a bridge at Angels Park Memorial Island on Meyer’s Lake, KWWL-TV reported .

The island and trails leading up to the park are handicapped accessible, but the dirt bridge isn’t. The new wooden bridge would be handicapped accessible and give everyone better access to the park.

The park honors 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins. They disappeared while on a bike ride near the lake in July 2012, and their bodies were found months later. The murders are still unsolved.

The park also remembers three other murder victims: Evelyn Miller, Donnisha Hill and Lindsay Nichols.

Elizabeth Collins’ father, Drew Collins, said it’s exciting to see further improvements on the park.

“It is unbelievable to me,” he said. “I remember coming over here with a couple excavators. I didn’t even know how to operate them; worked out here, pushing trees over. We had no idea what we were doing.”

Thousands of volunteer hours over the years helped place every tree, bench and flower on the island.

“It means a lot of different things to different people,” Collins said.

The project is estimated to cost $190,000. The city has received $160,000 in grants.

Officials say they aim to have the bridge completed within the next year.

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Information from: KWWL-TV, https://www.kwwl.com


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