Authorities said they found the girls’ bicycles behind Meyers Lake and put search boats on the water as a precaution at about 4 p.m.
“We don’t want to panic people, but we don’t want to leave a stone unturned,” said Kent Smock, Evansdale’s police and fire chief.
Smock said the girls, ages 8 and 11 years old, were last seen at about 12:30 p.m. in the downtown area.
Both girls were riding bicycles in Evansdale, and the bicycles were located along the bike trail at Meyers Lake.
Elizabeth Collins, 8, is approximately 4 feet 6 inches tall, 80 pounds with brown hair.
Lyrica Morrisey, 11, is approximately 4 feet 10 inches tall, stocky build with light brown hair.
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these two missing girls or having seen these two girls after 12:15 p.m. Friday is asked to call the Evansdale Police Department at 319-232-6682.People who are interested in helping with the search effort can meet at the Community Response Center (911 S. Evans Rd.) at 8:00a.m. on Saturday. Searchers should wear proper attire including hiking shoes/boots, long pants, long sleeve shirts, hats/caps and bug screen. Volunteers will help search the wooded areas nearby.