EVANSDALE, Iowa -- Investigators say they are confident that human remains found in a rural wildlife area in northeastern Iowa are those of two young cousins who vanished in July.
Hunters found two bodies Wednesday believed to be those of 2 young Iowa girls who vanished five months ago while riding their bikes.
Lyric Cook, 11, and 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins were last seen in July riding their bikes near a lake in Evansdale, Iowa.
Their bicycles were located hours after they were reported missing.
A massive volunteer search turned up no trace of the youngsters.
Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Rick Abben said Thursday that investigators were "confident" the bodies were Cook and Collins based on evidence found at the scene and a preliminary investigation.
He said the bodies were small in stature and authorities "have no one else that's missing in this area."
Abben said investigators were leaning toward reclassifying the case as a homicide investigation, but would wait for information from the autopsies before proceeding.
Evansdale, a town of about 4,700, is located about 12 miles southeast of Cedar Falls.
Authorities Confident Remains Found Are Missing Iowa Girls
Elizabeth Collins, 8, (left) and Lyric Cook, 10 (right)