FLOYD, Iowa --- Authorities used slightly more than seven years to collect what they believe will be enough evidence to convict Casey Frederiksen of first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse.
Linda Christie of Waterloo said Thursday she’ll need even more time before being able to pardon her 5-year-old granddaughter’s alleged killer.
“It’s too early to forgive him ... I am not in the mood to forgive someone who could do that to an innocent little girl,” Christie said.
Evelyn Miller disappeared July 1, 2005, from an apartment in rural Floyd County. She lived with her mother, Noel Miller, and Frederiksen and the couple’s 1- and 2-year-old sons.
When she went missing, Evelyn was in the care of Frederiksen. Her mother worked nights and was away from the home.
Authorities during an afternoon press conference Thursday said two kayakers found Evelyn’s body in the Cedar River between Floyd and Charles City on July 6, 2005. The heart-breaking discovery came after a massive, week-long search involving hundreds of law enforcement officials, firefighters, specialty teams and volunteers.
Her death was ruled a homicide but authorities never revealed the cause.
Frederiksen, 33, has been behind bars since at least September 2005 when he was indicted on federal child pornography charges. He was also convicted of supplying cold medicine to others manufacturing methamphetamine. He is incarcerated in the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Ill., with a tentative release date of November 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said arrangements are being made to retrieve Frederiksen so he can face the murder and sex abuse charges. The process might take a few weeks, he added.
After Evelyn’s death, Noel Miller and Frederiksen’s two sons entered foster care. Frederiksen voluntarily signed away rights to the boys, but Judge Gerald Magee permanently cut Noel Miller’s legal ties to the boys. The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the decision.
The boys were ruled eligible for adoption in May 2007.
During the press conference, Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown said authorities know where Noel Miller is but she was unaware of Frederiksen’s arrest.
“We have made attempts to contact Noel Miller at this time but we have been unsuccessful,” he said.
Klemesrud asked the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to assist with Frederiksen’s prosecution. He was not certain where the trial might be.
“If I were a betting man, I would say it would not be in Floyd County,” Klemesrud said.
According to the criminal complaint and a supporting affidavit, evidence against Frederiksen includes his own accounts of events, which changed over time and statements Frederiksen made to fellow inmates and prisoners.
Those comments and statements allegedly contain information about the condition of Evelyn’s body, nature of her injury and clothing — information authorities never released to the public.
Among the anecdotes was an exchange with “Inmate No. 2,” who was with Frederiksen in the Bremer County Jail.
“In August 2006, Frederiksen told Inmate No. 2 that although he did not kill Evelyn ... he did touch her dead body and helped to carry her to the river,” according to the criminal complaint.
Court documents suggest a prolonged effort by law enforcement officials to gather evidence, a fact Klemesrud noted Thursday.
“It’s been a long time, and a lot of professionals have been working very hard, and they have a right to be proud,” he said.
Sheriff Rick Lynch noted he and other officers helped collect Evelyn’s body from the river, a difficult moment in his career. He described the arrest of Frederiksen in other terms.
“This is a glorious day,” Lynch said.
Chari Paulson, assistant director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, also acknowledged the investigation’s long haul.
“We finally over the course of seven years feel like we have enough evidence to bring the case to the county attorney’s office,” she said.
The conclusion, she added, was ultimately obvious.
“All of the evidence has pointed us directly at Casey Frederiksen,” Paulson said.
Richard Christie, Evelyn’s grandfather, described Thursday as bittersweet.
“This is the happiest day in the last seven years,” he said. “We are hopeful and prayerful that justice will be done.”
FLOYD, Iowa --- The former live-in boyfriend of Evelyn Miller’s mother will be charged in connection with the 5-year-old girl’s 2005 slaying, authorities announced today.
Evelyn disappeared from the rural Floyd County home where she lived with her mother, Noel, and Casey Frederiksen, on July 1, 2005. At the time, she was under Frederiksen’s care while her mother was at work. She was later found dead in the Cedar River, and the case remained open in the seven years that followed.
During a press conference in Floyd this afternoon (Thursday), authorities said they have charged Frederiksen with first-degree murder in the girl’s slaying as well as first-degree sexual abuse.
An autopsy determined Evelyn died of "sharp force injuries, including wounds to the neck," and there was evidence of a sexual assault.
Frederiksen, now 33, has been behind bars since at least September 2005 when he was indicted on federal child pornography charges. He was also convicted of supplying cold medicine to a methamphetamine ring.
U.S. Bureau of Prison records indicate he is currently housed at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Ill., with a tentative release date of November 2026.
Assistant Director Chari Paulson with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the arrest is based on the fact that Frederiksen changed his story about what happened on the day of Evelyn's disappearance, statements he made about the condition of the girl’s body and statements he made to other inmates while incarcerated.
That included statements that Evelyn’s body was clothed when it was found and that he had carried her to the river where she was found.
Evelyn’s grandparents from Waterloo also attended today’s press conference, which unfolded near a statue of the child.
Grandfather Richard Christie said this is the happiest day for the family in seven years.
“We’re so very sad it happened, but we’re glad to reach this point,” he said.
Grandmother Linda Christie said justice will be done and indicated she isn’t ready to forgive Frederiksen.
“It’s too early to forgive him,” she said. “I am not in the mood to forgive someone who would do that to an innocent little girl.”
Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud said arrangements are being made to return Frederiksen to Iowa to face the murder and sex abuse charges. He said he has contacted the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to assist with the prosecution.
Court records indicate Frederiksen began stealing pseudoephedrine pills from Kmart where he worked in 2004 and supplied them to a person identified as “C.P.” in exchange for meth.
“C.P.,” in turn, gave the pills to a large meth production operation set up on a farm outside Woden, record state.
Noel Miller reported her daughter missing after returning home at about 6 a.m. July 1, 2005. At the time, Frederiksen apparently said he was asleep in the apartment with Miller’s two younger sons.
More than 460 volunteers searched nearby cornfields and creeks in the first days after the disappearance. Planes were brought in to help.
The girl’s body was found six days later in the Cedar River north of Charles City. The death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death was sealed during the ongoing investigation.
On Sept. 21, 2005, Frederiksen attempted suicide by slashing his forearm with a knife. He refused to drop the weapon when officers arrived but was ultimately subdued, court records state.
Days later, authorities levied the pornography charges against Frederiksen in connection with more than 1,000 images and movie clips on a computer seized during the investigation to Evelyn’s disappearance and slaying.
Agents said he had attempted to hide the computer from detectives by placing it in a box of garbage bags and giving it to a neighbor.
Recap: Live blog
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