WATERLOO, Iowa. (KCRG) - Supporting each other. That was the theme Thursday as people gathered in Waterloo to remember the lives of young people who lost their lives too soon, some to violence.
A vigil took place just hours after the state medical examiner said the body authorities found in a Poweshiek County corn field is Mollie Tibbetts.
Tonight's vigil also remembered Jake Wilson, the 16 year old who vanished on April 7th after he left his house to walk to Wolf Creek in La Porte City. Investigators found remains in the creek last week, DNA test results will determine if the remains we of Jake.
The vigil also gave another chance for people to call for answers in the death of 14 year old Kaiden Estling. On June 28th, a hit and run driver struck him while he was riding his moped in Fayette county. So far, police have not found that driver.
It also brought more attention to the abduction and murder of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, who were abducted in Evansdale in July of 2012. Hunters found their bodies in a wildlife area in Bremer County five months later.
The vigil was a chance for the community to grieve together andd for others to know those children won’t be forgotten.
“Iowa has known too many of these situations, especially as of late," Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said.
Thompson explained authorities’ roles in many of those situations. He also thanked the hundreds of volunteers that helped search for Jake Wilson.
Thompson says these people, this community, does its best to bring all missing children home.
“We don’t know who it was in our case it could have been someone down the street or a stranger," Drew Collins said.
Drew Collins searched for answers about his daughter, Elizabeth Collin’s, death for more than six years. Thursday night, he wanted to show support for other parents, who are now in a similar situation. Even hugging Jake Wilson’s mom during the service. Collins says he’ll work with the rest of this community for answers in each case.
“We’re always looking for that one lead that’ll help bring our case to a close," Collins said.
Collins stressed it’s never too late to let authorities know if someone saw something strange. Authorities have yet to make an arrest in the case of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook.