View Full Version : Five-year-old Evelyn Miller was murdered but cops not giving up
July 2nd, 2009, 08:49 AM
The Floyd County Sheriff remains optimistic about solving the murder case of Evelyn Miller.
Wednesday (July1st) was the four-year anniversary of they day family members reported the five-year-old girl missing from her rural Floyd apartment. Miller's body was found five days later in the Cedar River in Charles City.
No one has ever been charged in her death.
Sheriff Rick Lynch says they remain optimistic about solving the case, with it being discussed on a weekly basis with a D.C.I. agent that has been a part of the investigation since day one.
He says some new technology to assist with the case has become available, but he can’t specifically discuss the details of that since it may compromise the investigation. Lynch says the recent federal drug indictment against the live-in boyfriend of Evelyn’s mother has helped generate some more tips about the case.
Several of the people surrounding the disappearance of Evelyn Miller have served jail time since her death: Her mother, Noel Miller, served two days in jail in 2007 on a charge of going armed with intent. Two sons that she had with live-in boyfriend Casey Fredericksen were put in foster care after Evelyn’s death and she lost her bid to retain custody. Lynch says Miller has moved to California.
Fredericksen is currently serving a 14-year sentence on child pornography charges, with the newest drug charges alleging that he conspired with others to manufacture methamphetamine in 2004 and 2005 One of the last people to see the girl alive, Danny Slick, was sentenced in 2007 to a year in prison for lying to the F.B.I. in their part of the investigation.http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=382E0825-5056-B82A-37D03F3053F09961
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Noel Miller, Casey Fredericksen, and Danny Slick
Evelyn's mother, Noel Miller, reported her daughter missing July 1 (2005).
Miller said she returned home from her overnight job as a nursing assistant to find the door to her apartment had been left unlocked and was partly open.
Evelyn's shoes were in the apartment, which Miller said indicated she had been abducted.
Casey Frederiksen, Miller's live-in boyfriend, and two children, Gabriel, 2, and Damian, 1, were asleep, she said.
Hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials scoured the area until the girl's body was found several days later in the Cedar River in a remote area about two miles north of Charles City.
Miller learned from a neighbor that two men had stopped at the apartment at 2 a.m. to see Frederiksen. The men, Randy Patrie, 32, and Dan Slick, 26, claimed they left the child unhurt.
Meyer said many details have been withheld to protect the investigation's integrity.http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050731/EVELYNMILLER/61025027
Case Timeline: http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061025/EVELYNMILLER/61025050
Blog: her grandparents wait for justice: http://evelynmillermemories.blogspot.com/
July 2nd, 2009, 11:29 AM
Live in boyfriend, huh? With child porn charges against him, huh?
Yeah, it's pretty obvious why they don't want to give up on this one - it's clear who was behind it. Hope they can find enough evidence to convict the bastard.
July 3rd, 2009, 12:11 AM
There's something about her eyes, she just looks scared or at the very least, uncomfortable.
July 3rd, 2009, 12:31 AM
I have been thinking the same thing ever since this story broke, Gidget. I had just about convinced myself I was imagining it.
July 10th, 2009, 04:31 AM
*deleting reply to spammer who's post has been removed*
July 10th, 2009, 05:55 AM
Eyeballing the live in boyfriend on this one. I just pray that he gets his soon.
July 10th, 2009, 07:20 AM
Did he give her to his friends as payment for something ? Was he molesting her ? This sounds similar to Rowan Ford's murder . Poor wee girl .
July 22nd, 2009, 01:07 PM
Police are confident they'll find girl's killerupdated 26 minutes ago
NEW YORK (CNN) --
On a July morning in 2005, Noel Miller came home from working the night shift at an Iowa nursing home. She told police she arrived around 6:20 a.m. and discovered that her 5-year-old daughter, Evelyn, was missing.
Evelyn Miller, 5, was found floating in the Cedar River a mile from her home in July 2005.
Everyone else was fast asleep.
Some 1,500 volunteers joined the six-day search for Evelyn Miller, but it ended tragically. The little girl was found floating in the Cedar River near rural Floyd, Iowa.
That was four years ago, and police still have not charged anyone in Evelyn's death.
At the time she disappeared, Evelyn was living in an apartment complex with her mother, two half-brothers and the man her mother planned to marry, Casey Frederiksen. Two friends were visiting him. They had spent the night, which was not unusual.
Noel Miller looked for her daughter, then called 911. The call launched a massive search for Evelyn, beginning at her apartment and extending outward for seven miles.
"That area was completely covered," Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said. Police and volunteers hiked through cornfields and wooded areas. Authorities deployed infrared airplanes and sent dive teams into local rivers and quarries.
On the sixth evening of the search, two kayakers found Evelyn's body floating in a river just one mile from her home.
"It takes anywhere from three to five days if it's a drowning, then the body will come to the surface," Lynch said.
The Floyd County Sheriff's Office has not released what caused Evelyn's death. But Lynch said, "We believe she was a victim of foul play."
"This is definitely a homicide," said Floyd County Attorney Jesse Marzen. "We want to make sure that law enforcement investigates as completely and as thoroughly as possible."
Investigators have narrowed their suspect list to three people, Lynch said, but police are not ready to publicly name them.
"I'm sure the general public is not going to be surprised," Lynch said, adding, "I feel confident that we will make an arrest soon."Since the little girl's death, the three men who were staying at the apartment have been in trouble with the law.
Miller's fiancé, Frederiksen, is serving a 14-year sentence for a child pornography conviction. He recently was named in an indictment accusing him of producing methamphetamine in the apartment where he lived with Evelyn before her murder.
Frederiksen's former attorney, Jane Kelly, said he has a new lawyer, who practices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That attorney, Dan O'Brien, did not return a call from CNN requesting comment.
Lynch said the investigation included all registered sex offenders in the area. "All of their alibis checked out and we've ruled them out," he said.
Frederiksen and Miller have since lost custody of their two sons, who are in foster care.
Investigators said they need additional corroborating evidence to make an arrest and are waiting for the final piece of the puzzle.
They plan to use a new piece of investigative equipment that is expected to move the inquiry forward, Lynch said. "It's something that came up in the last few months."
For now, he's not discussing details. "We just can't explain what the equipment is," Lynch added, "because if we explained when we were going to do it and what the equipment was, it could expose information to a perpetrator."
Evelyn's grandmother, Linda Christie, is hopeful police soon will provide the answers she has been waiting four years to hear. She doesn't consider Evelyn's death to be a cold case.
"They work on this case at least every two weeks," she said. But, she admits, "It is a waiting game."
To protect the investigation, police aren't discussing any potential DNA evidence.
"The story never goes to black and white for us," Lynch said. "We are on it every day. It always goes to full color."
Marzen also wants the public to know that progress is being made and the investigation remains "very active."
Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest or conviction of the persons responsible for Evelyn Miller's death is asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff's Office at 641-228-1821. A $5,000 reward is offeredhttp://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/22/grace.coldcase.evelyn.miller/index.html
July 22nd, 2009, 01:09 PM
Also heres a blog with day to day entries by the grandparents of Evelyn.Lots of thoughts of who and what they think happened and really cute pics of their murdered grandbaby!!
October 31st, 2011, 01:56 AM
Six years later many questions remain in death of Evelyn Miller
July 8, 2011 By Dar Danielson
It’s now been six years since the body of a young girl was found in the Cedar River in northeast Iowa and still no one has been arrested in the case.
Five-year-old Evelyn Miller was reported missing from her home in Floyd on July 1, 2005. Her body was discovered by a kayaker near Charles City a few days later.
Over the years, investigators have released little information about the case and have not revealed how Evelyn was killed. Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch says he remains optimistic charges will someday be filed. “We’re getting tighter and tighter in this investigation,” Lynch said.
”One analogy you can use is a spider doesn’t weave a web in a day. It takes a while and we have to do this web, in a sense, to get these charges filed and get this person into trial.”
Lynch says the case remains active and investigators are still getting new leads. He says it’s important to keep “tight lipped” so as to not “injure” the investigation or taint a future jury pool. “This isn’t a sprint. This is a marathon. A marathon takes a lot longer than a sprint and this case is going to take a lot longer than some other cases,” Lynch said.
He compared the Evelyn Miller case to this week’s acquittal of 25-year-old Casey Anthony in Florida. Authorities there are under fire – as some blame police and prosecutors for failing to convince the jury that Anthony killed her two-year-old daughter. Evelyn Miller lived in an apartment with her mother, Noel Miller, two brothers, and her mother’s boyfriend, Casey Frederiksen. Noel Miller has since moved to California after losing custody of her two sons
September 29th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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The announcement Thursday that charges had been filed in the murder of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller was bittersweet for a family and a community that have spent seven years wondering who was responsible and waiting for answers.
Filing charges against Casey Frederiksen, the then-live-in boyfriend of Evelyn’s mother, Noel Miller, brings the case one step closer to resolution. But residents and relatives interviewed Thursday were saddened to think someone from this tight-knit area in north central Iowa could commit such a crime.
“Casey was actually a very close friend of my son’s. We used to drive him to school,” said Richard Christie, whose son Andrew is Evelyn’s father. “It’s a tragedy both ways to see what has transpired.”
Frederiksen, 33, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse.
The charges against Frederiksen did not surprise local residents who have watched the story unfold.
Frederiksen was watching the girl when she disappeared July 1, 2005. From the beginning, many people, including Evelyn’s grandparents, Richard and Linda Christie, have questioned whether he was involved.
According to complaints and an affidavit filed in Floyd County District Court, Frederiksen changed his story regarding what he had done during the day Evelyn disappeared, disclosed information about the condition of Evelyn’s body that was not publicly known and made statements implicating himself to fellow inmates.
Frederiksen had admitted to selling drugs in the months before the girl disappeared and is currently serving a 14-year sentence for federal convictions of possessing child pornography and possessing pseudoephedrine for use in drug manufacturing.
His projected release date is Nov. 5, 2026. He will remain at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill., until he is transported to face trial in Floyd County.
Authorities said Thursday they have begun the process to bring Frederiksen back to face trial on the charges but could not provide a time line for how quickly that will occur.
Chari Paulson, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said authorities do not plan to charge anyone else in connection in the murder, and that “all of the evidence and information has pointed us directly at Casey Frederiksen.”
Acquaintances of Frederiksen’s, Danny Slick and Randy Patrie, were among the last people to see the girl alive, according to authorities and news interviews. The two men stopped by the apartment about 2 a.m. July 1, 2005.
According to court documents, Patrie told law enforcement that Frederiksen approached Patrie in September 2005 outside a Charles City bar and accused Patrie of killing Evelyn. In a spring 2006 conversation with a fellow inmate, Frederiksen said he asked Patrie why he had stabbed Evelyn in the neck, according to the documents.
The nature of the injuries Evelyn sustained has never been released to the general public, Paulson said. She would not say Thursday whether the girl had been stabbed but did say the comment helped to implicate Frederiksen.
In October 2007, Frederiksen reportedly told another inmate the girl was found with her clothes on. That was another detail that had not been made public.
The latest incriminating statement made by Frederiksen, according to court documents, came in 2009, when he told another inmate, “What would you say if I told you that I had done it?”
When pressed about why authorities waited three years to press charges, Paulson said there was “additional information to follow up on and interviews to conduct.”
Authorities declined to comment on a possible motive.
October 1st, 2012, 06:10 AM
Poor baby Evelynn. Her stepdaddy set her up with his two friends and raped and killed her.
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