Memories of Evelyn Miller

This blog is dedicated to the memory of our granddaughter, Evelyn Celeste Miller. Evey went missing July 1st and her body was recovered July 6th from the Cedar River near Floyd, Iowa. This venue will help celebrate the wonder that she was and also post up-to-date information on the wait for justice. If you have any information about the crime please contact the Floyd County Sheriff's Office at 1-641-228-1821 or e-mail me directly.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

4 Years and Counting

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Execution Solution

When a person has been convicted of willfully committing premeditated murder, he or she has, by that fact, acknowledged that they are no longer human in moral value or character. That person has committed the vilest known evil against our common humanity and deserves the maximum solution that we as a society can give, the removal of that person’s biological life.

This is not about forgiveness, fairness, or prevention. This solution is not for that at all. It is for society’s benefit that upon conviction, a murder in the first degree should always result in death, not just sometimes - always.

Notice that I call this a solution not a penalty. A penalty generally means a fine or incarceration for a crime, a debt that can be repaid. Murder in the first degree can’t be repaid by anything; the closest repayment is taking the perpetrator’s life.

I feel that as a Christian, if I may call myself that, the Lord gave us the responsibility to govern ourselves on this earth, to constitute governments for our protection and to promote the common good.

Part of the need for governments is to address the solution phase of criminal convictions. It is not murder to kill a murderer, legally convicted of the highest capital offense. It is the legal killing of a person who has chosen, through his very own actions, to lose all of his rights and to face execution.

It is both a legal and moral duty of society to have the death solution enforced for three reasons.

The first is to not only protect itself against an attitude that a person can commit capital offenses and be released after many years and possibly re-offend.

The second is to strengthen our belief that our government has the strength, fortitude and ability to perform executions whenever they are called for, however repugnant that the act is.

The third is to reassure the family of the victim that the full measure of justice was served, a justice deserved by all even when another “life” is taken in the process.

I care about other people and I wish that we could all just forgive murderers, become happy and go on with our lives. Few of us are made that way. From my experience, I know that it is much easier to do if your family member has not been a victim. Try thinking the same way after you have lost a spouse, son, daughter or grandchild to murder. Try thinking about how you feel about genocide on a one-on-one level.

Your loss of love, affection, companionship and your feeling of even being a human yourself are claimed by the criminal. You have suffered an emotional rape of your mind that every victim has to deal with for the rest of their natural lives.

You have bars around your emotions. You have a kind of hatred that society seems not to care about. You are told that time heals all but you are still badly bruised and the bruises never heal. You live in a depression that medication can’t heal. Your goals and aspirations often seem to have been cut off. Your trust and confidence in others to perform their duties toward you has eroded. You talk things over with God and yet you still can’t find peace in your heart. You cry often, sometimes out loud, sometimes at work softly. But you still hurt, every day.

Daily, you hear of some other victim and the extended victims, the friends and family of the person who was killed, and know that there are now more people walking that same walk that you walk.

We can’t allow murder to control us; we must control it actively not passively. Give the execution solution a chance.

Richard & Linda Christie
Paternal Grandparents of Evelyn Miller
Murdered 7/1/05 – Floyd, Iowa

Evelyn would be entering the second grade this week. Our prayers are with you and your little ones as the school year begins. Please love and protect them.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Cracking an alibi

Danny Slick has been arrested on a Federal indictment that he willfully and knowingly lied to FBI agents. This is a great step forward in the investigation of Evelyn's death.

Read the various reports at this Google link.

Please remember Evey at her one-year memorial service in Floyd this Sunday if you can. For details see the prior story below.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The hunt for Evelyn's killer

Read the latest story from the Des Moines Register relating to the current investigation. Click here to read article

Saturday, June 17, 2006

A Special Candlelight Memorial Remembrance

A special candlelight service will be held July 2, 2006, the first Sunday evening after the anniversary of Evelyn Miller's death.

The service will begin at 8 p.m. around Evelyn's memorial statue in the park next to the Floyd Community Center. The public is invited to participate and to remember her. The family would especially like to thank those who participated in the search efforts and law enforcement officers who have also spent thousands of hours on her case.

Many members of Evelyn's family are planning on attending. A quantity of candles will be available. Candles will be lit at dusk.

We would encourage and welcome anyone who wishes to share their memories of Evey to speak.

Map to Candlelight Service in Evelyn's Memory
Andy and Lindsey Christie
Richard and Linda Christie
Jeff and Christina Spears

Me as a baby

This is one of my first pictures. I was cute even then. You can click on any picture and it will get bigger so that you can see me and my families better.
Later on, you'll see me growing up until I was just about six.

This is the door to my room at Dad's - Come in

Note, This is a post in progress

Map to Candlelight Service in Evelyn's Memory

This is me and my Mom, Noel while I was still a baby visiting Dad's house.

This is my Dad, Andy. I don't know what he is trying to do here but Grandpa kept the picture anyway.

This is a good picture of Casey and my Mom. It reminds me of how little I once was. I loved them both very much.

I can't remember who took this picture of me and my only living Grandpa, but it is sort of cute. Do you notice that he has a bald spot? Ha Ha!

This is my Grandma Linda. She always made me feel special, and I was. She would help me choose clothes and played with me a lot.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

In Case You Missed It

Gene Meyer is retiring as head of the Iowa DCI. In a copyright article in the Des Moines Register, Mr. Meyer made these comments.

"There are always certain cases you're involved in where you feel rather certain you know who's responsible but you just didn't have enough evidence to charge somebody."

One of those is the abduction and murder of Evelyn Miller, a 5-year-old Charles City girl found dead last summer.

"I'm nowhere near to the point of saying we're not going to solve that case," Meyer said. "But whether or not it's resolved before I retire, I don't know."
Click here for the full Register article

We wish Gene the best in his new career and thank him and the DCI for their continuing diligent efforts in helping to solve Evey's case. They are always in our prayers for justice.

Gene's comments along with those of Marilyn Dettmer would lead us to believe that the person who did this is not one of those already mentioned in the media. Hopefully, time and more investigation will tell.

Comments are open for those who wish to post one.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Plea-Agreement for Frederiksen?

The following is from KIMT in Mason City. If you have any additional information, please let us know - Richard

Anthony Welsch
KIMT - NewsChannel 3
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Casey Frederiksen may be one step closer to avoiding a trial.

Frederiksen faces multiple counts of childen pornography possession. He lived with Evelyn Miller's mother at the time of her murder.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids tells us Frederiksen's attorney has filed for an extra week to consider a plea agreement.

Prosecutors say they have no problems with Frederiksen taking that time to consider his options.

KIMT Report

Friday, January 06, 2006

6 Months and No Answers

Click on this link for video interview WHO-TVthen select the Evelyn Miller’s Grandparents Speak link. This link will expire soon.

Des Moines, January 5, 2005 - A sad anniversary for a Floyd County Iowa family. Six months ago police found the body of Evelyn Miller and today the case is still unsolved. Evelyn disapeared from her home in the middle of the night July first. On the sixth, police learned what they most feared. Eveyln's body was found in the Cedar river, just a few miles from her home.

During the past few months police have executed a number of search warrants and interviewed several material witnesses. Still no arrests and no charges - only unanswered questions for Evelyn's family. Tonight Channel 13 sat down with Eveyln's grandparents to talk about what they think now six months after Evelyn's death.

Richard and Linda Christie live in the Metro. They say while it is difficult to not know who killed their granddaughter - they still trust the authorities are taking all the right steps in the investigation. The Christies say the memorial in Floyd the angel servies as a memorial for them and will be there for generations to come. They also thanked everyone who has given their family so much support since the death.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Years Day

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This was our first Christmas and New Years Day without Evelyn. We spent most of the day with Evey's father's family in Waterloo. We exchanged belated Christmas gifts with our family.

After lunch we drove to Floyd to see the new memorial to our oldest grandchild, Evelyn. The statue is indeed beautiful. This little angel stands at the western edge of a children's playground, just off highway 18. The day was dreary and cold but this little statue brightened our spirits, knowing that as long as this statue stands, Evelyn will be rembembered.

I hope that visitors to Floyd take notice of her as she prays that other childen will laugh and play there in safety; that they will remember the little girl who should be among them; that they too will cherish the children being looked over by the angel at the edge of the park.

Her presence will be honored for generations to come.

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Remembrances in the news
1. Globe Gazette

2. Globe Gazette

3. Globe Gazette

4. Waterloo Courier

5. Waterloo Courier

Continued Hope: (Charles City Press)
Authorities optimistic in Evelyn Miller case

By Jennifer Meyer, Staff Writer

Nearly six months after Evelyn Miller disappeared, authorities say they are confident they will find justice for the slain 5-year-old.

“When, I don’t know. But will we? Yes,” Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said Thursday.

Sunday will mark six months since Evelyn was reported missing from her rural Floyd apartment. Her body was found on July 6 in the Cedar River, two miles from her home.

Authorities say Evelyn was murdered, but details of when and how she was killed have not been made public. No arrests have been made in the case.

“I think it may take quite a bit longer than anyone initially thought, but I’m still optimistic,” County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer said Thursday. “Things continue to happen that make me feel that way.”

She said there were no official suspects in the case, but that it is moving forward.

“It’s still very much active,” she said. “We still continue to receive leads, the investigation is still headed up by the DCI and worked on on a daily basis.”

Since July 1, agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and FBI have executed about six search warrants and conducted hundreds of interviews.

“Every interview brings up another name or something,” Lynch said, adding, “People are still being contacted.”

He said several items have been sent to the DCI crime lab and are awaiting results.

“We were told in the beginning that it could take up to six to nine months, or even longer, before we get the results back,” Lynch said. “The FBI said it could not guarantee any faster results.”

Dettmer said some testing not available at the DCI lab was completed at the FBI’s facility, making for an even longer wait.

However, ongoing interviews continue to provide new leads and information in the investigation.

“Every interview brings up another name or something,” Lynch said.

He said new information led divers to search an undisclosed section of the Cedar River near Charles City in mid-November.

Though nothing of interest was found, he said, “It shows the progress that is going on in this case.”

Dettmer described the murder as “very complex,” both in the details of the crime and paths the investigation has taken.

In the first weeks of the case, several search warrants focused on two men last known Evelyn alive when they stopped at her apartment at 2 a.m. the morning she disappeared.

Randy Patrie, 33, and Dan Slick, 26, were not labeled as suspects by authorities and asserted they’d left Evelyn unharmed.

On Sept. 30, Evelyn’s mother’s live-in fiance was indicted on a federal charge of possession of child pornography. The indictment was later amended to include a second count of possession and 12 counts of receipt of child pornography.

Dettmer said the charges against Casey Frederiksen, 26, of Charles City, were related to the murder investigation, “Only to the extent that he was obviously the fiance of Noel Miller.

“It’s a whole different crime, a whole different investigation and a whole different prosecution.”

Frederiksen is being held in Linn County Jail awaiting an April trial date.

Floyd Mayor Trevis O’Connell said he and citizens in his community remained supportive local officials’ handling of the case after six months.

“Sometimes a certain amount of things line up and it just takes time,” he said. “I still have total confidence in the sheriff and county attorney.”

Anyone with information on the disappearance and murder of Evelyn Miller is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (641) 228-1821 or county attorney’s office at (641) 228-7571. A $5,000 reward has been established for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Contact Jennifer Meyer at or (641) 228-3211 ext. 21

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Memorial Statue for Evelyn

The memorial statue for Eveyln will be unveiled today at 3 p.m. in Floyd, Iowa. The unveiling will be attended by family members and the public.

Please attend if you can.

The following is from the Charles City Press:

Park statue celebrates Evelyn Miller’s memory

By Jennifer Meyer, Staff Writer

FLOYD — The short life of a 5-year-old murder victim has been memorialized with a statue of an angel at the Floyd Community Center.

“(The angel is) huge and she’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Pamela Hill of Mason City, who organized the memorial project. “Had it been one of my daughters, I’d be in awe.” Hill said a ceremony to unveil the memorial was being planned for as early as this weekend.

“It should be pretty impressive,” said Floyd Mayor Trevis O’Connell. The 8-foot-tall angel carries a medallion bearing the face of Evelyn Miller, Hill said.

Evelyn disappeared from her rural Floyd apartment on July 1. Her body was recovered two miles from her home in the Cedar River on July 6.

“I don’t think anyone in Floyd will ever forget it,” O’Connell said. “It’s in our minds. We’re sad that it occurred.” Hill said she was moved to memorialize Evelyn after following her story in the news. “I started it the day they found little Evelyn’s body,” said the mother of three children. “I don’t know the family or anyone like that, but I felt like I wanted to do something.” O’Connell said he was contacted by Hill the next day. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “If anything, it will be a reminder to parents to be more careful.”

The statue’s location was specifically chosen for its significance in the 6-day search for Evelyn by more than 1,300.

“Pamela had asked that it be at the community center,” O’Connell said, adding that several sites were available. “That’s where the main station was when they launched the search,” Hill explained.

After clearing the project with Evelyn’s family, O’Connell said the site was approved by the Floyd Community Center Board.He said another volunteer complimented Hill’s fund-raising efforts by pouring the foundation for the approximately $8,000 statue.“She’s such a sincere person and she really did a good job coming up with the money,” O’Connell said.

Though Hill conceived the project, she said many people helped make it possible.

“There have been a number of people to offer really substantial donations,” she said.

“We did some fund-raising, but we’re still about $1,200 shy,” Hill said.The difference, she said, is charged to her personal credit card. The memorial remained concealed at the community center on Thursday.

To contribute to the memorial fund, contact Floyd City Hall at (641) 398-2857.

Contact Jennifer Meyer at or (641) 228-3211 ext. 21

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

A Christmas Memory

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Reward Stands In Evelyn Miller Case

By Jennifer Meyer, Staff Writer Charles City Press

Five months after the disappearance of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller, the Floyd County Attorney is reminding the public of a $5,000 reward to help find her killer.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Fund Foundation of Modesto, Calif., posted the reward in mid-July for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Evelyn’s death.

“That’s still out there,” Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer said Thursday.

She said information does not have to have been attained at the time of the murder.

“There’s always conversations going on and people maybe gained information more recently,” Dettmer said.

Evelyn Miller was reported missing from the rural Floyd apartment she shared with her mother, mother’s fiance and two toddler brothers early on July 1. Her body was found two miles from her home in the Cedar River on July 6.

Authorities say she was murdered, but have not released how or when she was killed. No arrests have been made in the case.

Evelyn’s mother’s fiance, Casey Frederiksen, 26, of Charles City, was indicted by a federal jury last month on two counts of possession of child pornography and 12 counts of receipt of child pornography. He is being held in Linn County Jail awaiting trial.

Dettmer said the federal charges are separate, but related to the murder investigation. The state homicide investigation, she said, is ongoing and remains intense.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Fund Foundation was established by Francis and Carole Carrington to help families of homicide victims. Their daughter and two other women were found murdered in Yosemite National Park in February 1999. Investigators working the homicide received their first break in the case after the Carringtons posted a reward.

Letter to the Editor.

Five months have indeed passed since the disappearance and death of our granddaughter, Evelyn Miller.

Although we now live in the Des Moines area, it is very hard for us to believe that the local law enforcement in Floyd County has been unable to solve this case.

Marilyn Dettmer said,“There’s always conversations going on and people maybe gained information more recently.”

We remain hopeful that the citizens of Floyd County and Charles City will not stand by and see this case forgotten and will bring this information to law enforcement for justice to be served and a resolution to happen for the families involved.

Please, even if you have what seems to be to you a small bit of information, let the County Attorney know about it. It looks to us, that if no one speaks up, the community will hang its head in shame and say, "too bad." The conscience of the community will forever be in doubt. We believe that Charles City is better place than that.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Remembering Evey on Thanksgiving

This is our first Thanksgiving without Evelyn. She always enjoyed Thanksgiving and being with her relatives. We miss her dearly.

The following are excerpts from her memorial service. We would also like to thank all of you who have shared our pain. Your words of comfort, caring and concern have been a blessing to us which makes this a special Thanksgiving. Your prayers have helped confirm our belief that Evey is in God's arms. Thank all so very much again.

Thanksgiving is not just to give thanks for that which you have but also for that which you've had. We praise and thank God for having had Evey as our granddaughter on this earth and look forward to having her as our granddaughter in the next.


God in his infinite wisdom sent to this earth – our Evey.

Evey, We were not cheated by your life being so short; rather we were blessed by it being so important. We’ll miss you important one.

A Prayer

Friday July 8th we had a beautiful candlelight memorial service outside at Windsor Presbyterian Church. When we started to pray about how God was in sorrow too, several raindrops fell. When the prayer was over, the raindrops had stopped.

Truly there is a God, he loves Evey and he loves all of us and is holding her in his arms as he grieves with us.

This is our prayer from that Friday’s Service.

Our Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the short life of Evelyn Celeste Miller. We enjoyed every minute with her and she will be profoundly missed by her entire family.

It is through your will that you sent Evey to be with us. Through your will she has left us.

Will is not a cause. Will is not fault.

If a tree is planted and it is not watered, it will fail and die – that is an example of your will.

In your wisdom you willed that the tree must have water, light and nutrition to have life. When man uses his means to destroy what you willed and created, like taking the tree for shelter or fuel to heat our homes, you know and you understand our need to remove that life.

Conversely, when we knowingly take life; when we do so for our own pleasure, sport or sinful nature we are operating contrary to your teachings. You, God are indeed saddened by our evil ways and we will be condemned forever. I believe that on this day, you, my God and Jesus Christ – my salvation, are in more sorrow over Evey’s death than we are.

In your sadness, you have accepted her back to be with you. We know that you and Jesus will enjoy her blessed spirit eternally.

Just as the un-watered tree will fail, we have failed Evelyn. We have failed millions of other children in the world. We have failed to provide the protection, the care and comfort that she needed to be safe and to grow into a beautiful and kind woman. Through our collective negligence, this tragedy happened and we are all indeed sorrowful and in need of your divine forgiveness.

Today, I pray for your loving forgiveness for whatever errors we have made to shorten Evelyn’s life. I also pray for your hope, help and eternal life for Evey. I pray that you, our Lord God will help us to see evil for what it is and help us to destroy it to make the world a better place for children.

I pray for all people, children, and parents to hold, protect and love each other. I pray that we can see farther than our own doorsteps – not to blame, but to help families in need of help to assure that their children have the ability to flourish into what you, God, willed them to become. We need to become bolder in providing your spiritual love and nourishment to all of your children - our children, so that they may grow straight in faith, judgment and morality.

I pray for the change in twisted evil souls to become changed – to become whole – to come away from their wickedness and seek your redemption and forgiveness. I pray that society can understand the need to permanently isolate those convicted of crimes like the one that took Evey. This is a price that we must willingly pay to help protect innocent children.

God, in whatever we do, give us your grace, your guidance and the power of the Holy Spirit to seek your truth in our every action.

To those who are grieving Evey’s loss, send the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit to make them whole again and healed by your eternal love.

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray - Amen


Have a blessed holiday season,

Richard & Linda Christie

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Frederiksen indicted today on several more child pornography charges

A Charles City man who helped parent 5-year-old Evelyn Miller, whose July slaying remains unsolved, was indicted Thursday on additional child pornography charges for allegedly receiving and possessing computer images of children engaging in sexual conduct.

A federal grand jury indicted Casey Frederiksen for 12 counts of receiving child pornography on various dates in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and two counts of possession of child pornography in January 2005 and July 2005, assistant U.S. attorney Bob Teig said. (Read the entire article at the Des Moines Register).

Our thoughts and prayers are with Casey and his family.

The indictments:

No. CR 05-2030-LRR
18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2)(A):
Receipt of Child
18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B):
Possession of Child
The Grand Jury charges:
On or about July 17, 2003, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY E.
FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about August 17, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
Case 6:05-cr-02030-LRR Document 19 Filed 11/17/2005 Page 1 of 5

On or about August 19, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about August 20, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about August 21, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about September 9, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
Case 6:05-cr-02030-LRR Document 19 Filed 11/17/2005 Page 2 of 5

This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about September 12, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about September 19, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about September 24, 2004, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about January 20, 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN, knowingly possessed and attempted to possess visual depictions of
a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
Case 6:05-cr-02030-LRR Document 19 Filed 11/17/2005 Page 3 of 5

transported in interstate and foreign commerce, and having been produced using
materials that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce,
namely, a CD-R, which was manufactured outside the state of Iowa.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B).
On or about February 19, 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about February 20, 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant
CASEY E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual
depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having
been transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
On or about March 24, 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY
E. FREDERIKSEN knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of
minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been
transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A).
Case 6:05-cr-02030-LRR Document 19 Filed 11/17/2005 Page 4 of 5

In or about July 2005, in the Northern District of Iowa, defendant CASEY E.
FREDERIKSEN, knowingly possessed and attempted to possess images of minors
engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said visual depictions having been transported in
interstate and foreign commerce, and having been produced using materials that had
been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, namely, a computer
hard drive, which was manufactured outside the state of Iowa.
This in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B).
s/ Foreperson 11/17/05
Grand Jury Foreperson
Presented by:
United States Attorney
s/ Sean R. Berry
Assistant United States Attorney
Case 6:05-cr-02030-LRR Document 19 Filed 11/17/2005 Page 5 of 5

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Grand Jury Meeting Today

Evelyn Miller's family resumes grand jury testimony today
By JESSICA MILLER, Courier Staff Writer
CEDAR RAPIDS --- Grand jury testimony involving the family of a slain 5-year-old girl will continue today.

Lindsey Christie of Waterloo, the stepmother of Evelyn Miller, said she was subpoenaed to testify this morning. Her husband, Andrew Christie, Evelyn's father, testified before the grand jury in October in matters not directly related to the girl's death. (Full article at the Waterloo Courier).

River searched in Miller case

Charles City Press 11/14/05

By Jennifer Meyer Staff writer

A 5-man dive team searched the bottom of the Cedar River for about five hours on Saturday for clues in the Evelyn Miller murder investigation.

Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said Monday that divers searched an area of the river northwest of Charles City.

“Nothing was found of interest to the case,” Lynch said.

Evelyn Miller, 5, disappeared from her apartment complex near Floyd on July 1. Her body was found on July 6 in the Cedar River two miles from her home.

Authorities say Evelyn was murdered, but have not said when or how she was killed. No arrests have been made.

Lynch said he and two Floyd County deputies, sheriff’s reserves and state Division of Criminal Investigation agents joined Waterloo divers at the search location around 9:30 a.m. They remained at the site until around 2:30 p.m., when it began to rain, he said.

Lynch said revealing the exact location of the search could jeopardize the case, but said, leads generated from interviews and K-9 searches led investigators to the site.

Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer on Monday confirmed that K-9s were used to search an area south of Charles City late on Friday morning.

“They were here to do a little more fine-tuning,” she said.

Forensic investigative dogs were brought in on Friday to build on a search done the previous Saturday with search dogs from the FBI, Dettmer said.

Both uses of K-9s, she said, were for investigating Evelyn’s case as well as the unrelated murder of a 20-year-old Waterloo man.

Jesse Patchin was last seen on Oct. 1 and reported missing to the Waterloo Police Department on July 9.

Patchin’s body has not been located, but investigators believe it may be located in a rural area near Mason City.

James D. “J.D.” Raymond, 24, also of Waterloo, is charged with first-degree murder for Patchin’s death. Court documents allege he killed Patchin in Floyd County after the two argued over a drug deal around Oct. 1.

Raymond is being held in jail without bail, and is scheduled for arraignment next Monday.

His uncle, Charles L. Gallmeyer, 54, of Lime Springs, is also being held without bail in Floyd County jail as a material witness.

Dettmer said the FBI is not involved in the Patchin case, and that its assistance in the search one week ago was coincidental. The agency has assisted voluntarily in Evelyn’s case.

Dettmer and Lynch said resources remain devoted to finding Evelyn’s killer.

“(The investigation) is still very intense,” Dettmer said. “I can’t see that there’s been any let down.”

She said not all forensic testing has been completed in the case, which could produce future leads.

Lynch said an investigator from his office remains assigned full-time to investigating Evelyn’s murder with the DCI, which heads the investigation. A second officer is assigned as his backup.

Lynch added that K-9 assistance from the FBI and Star 1 Search and Technical Rescue have been without charge to the county.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

FBI assists in local murder investigations

By Jennifer Meyer Staff writer

Three K-9 units from the FBI were in Charles City on Saturday to assist with two local murder investigations.

The units aided separate investigations into the deaths of of Evelyn Miller, 5, of Floyd, in July, and Jesse Patchin, 20, of Waterloo, last month. (excerpt from 11/8/05 article) see full article at Charles City Press. Posting is open.

Casey Frederiksen faces more charges

The federal government expects to file more charges against Casey Frederiksen, a Charles City man who lived with 5-year-old Evelyn Miller when she was murdered in July. (excerpt from 11/8/05) Click here for article at Des Moines Register. Comments on this are open.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Iowa DHS has set routine to investigate allegations of child abuse

The Iowa Department of Human Services takes several steps to determine if a child is in danger. Decisions are based on criteria outlined by the law. This is how the Department of Human Services handles an abuse report: (excerpt)
Entire Globe Gazette article is here.

My comments:

Somehow, the following ideas need to become incorporated into DHS and law enforcement standards of action.

1. Parental neglect - allowing a child to run the neighborhood or city is endangerment in my book because the child will soon become a target for sexual predators or a victim of any one of many other types of harmful or possibly deadly incidents.

2. Marijuana Use - Marijuana is not considered a dangerous drug by DHS but again I see it as a contributing factor to neglect and endangerment. Light pot users can probably function as a parent as can light drinkers. It only makes sense that if alcohol or marijuana is being abused; the parent(s) will almost without doubt become neglectful.

Proper evaluation of parental activities when situations of danger to a child arise could save many children and allow them to grow into productive adults. The alternative is to have them follow in the footsteps of their parents when they are grown, be physically or mentally damaged or to not survive at all.

3. Police Reporters - Police are mandatory reporters and I feel that children who are living in a house where a police emergency call has been made need immediate and special attention. The police need to contact DHS immediately if they feel that the child was in danger or if the child may become endangered by the parents' actions after the police have left. This is most often NOT done and was never, to my knowledge, done in Evelyn's case!

For more child abuse information see Prevent Child Abuse Iowa which has many links to sites about child abuse.

I have opened comments for this post. Your ideas are welcomed.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Family Response to Mr. Concannon's Letter

Dear Mr. Concannon,

I’m sorry that what you felt was a “sensational” report by WHO-TV was to many very factual.

In our system the press helps support public organizations like DHS through taxes on profits and the salaries of their employees. They need to make a profit and to grow. The best time to do that is when there is a good story to promote, sweeps week or not. They also have a responsibility to the public and to any organization which they are reporting on to be truthful, unbiased and fair in their representations. We feel that this was done in the case of the DHS report on WHO-TV.

I understand that the DHS has a difficult job in helping to keep children safe and has in place programs to enhance the delivery of services to the families that they serve.

You said, “I and the governor have reviewed these files and found the department acted appropriately. When prosecutors give permission, the record will be laid out for the public to see.” Actually, you have our permission to release the four unsealed reports to the public at this time and wait for the other reports when they become available. There is no need to not release them now since Evey is in no further danger.

Statistics don’t mean a great deal to our family right now. The only one that matters is our one dead daughter and grandchild, Evelyn, and personally making sure that your department and its employees acted logically and within procedures to keep her safe.

You further said, “We rely upon a broad partnership of parents, schools, churches, courts, and others, including the media, to help protect children and to support families. We welcome oversight. We also believe in telling the full story, not editing out factors that provide evidence on the strengths and positives of Iowa's child welfare system.”

Andy and Lindsey honestly tried to work with your agency and were frankly rebuffed in their efforts and discouraged by what they felt as a rejection of their appeals to your Charles City Office. Even after Evelyn’s death their reports of abuse were regarded by the Governor as having come from relatives who had an “axe to grind” and “whose credibility was suspect.” This flies in the face of your former statement.

We and the public want to be with, not against the DHS. As with organization, errors can be made by individuals that affect the lives of those served and damage the integrity and public respect of their organizations.

We hope to resolve those issues as we move forward.

Please be so kind as to forward this e-mail to your entire staff.

The Christie Family
Richard, Linda, Andrew and Lindsey Christie

Saturday, November 05, 2005

DHS Report on WHO-TV

WHO-TV Channel 13 aired a special two-part report on the DHS at 10 p.m. News from Des Moines.

Please write (e-mail) me if you have any ideas, comments or complaints about protecting our children under DHS's care. Responses will be private unless you state otherwise. I will review all suggestions and forward recommendations to DHS for further review.

Click here for Part 1
Click here for Part 2

Friday, November 04, 2005

How Evey's Case Relates to Jetseta's

(These are excerpts from the C.R. Gazette's e-edition article and was also in the print edition)
DHS: Children s welfare paramount
Jetseta’s siblings removed from home just after her murder
By Molly Rossiter The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS - After a child is murdered, the Department of Human Services will remove other children from a home only if social workers think the home may be unsafe.

This year, the Iowa Department of Human Services has removed brothers and a sister from the homes of two Iowa girls who were murdered Jetseta Gage, 10, of Cedar Rapids, and Evelyn Miller, 5, of Floyd.

DHS spokesman Roger Munns declined to discuss the removal of Jetseta's siblings Ian, 8, and Leonna, 3 from the Gage home at 448 Jacolyn Dr. NW in March shortly after Jetseta's murder.

But he did say that in general it is not standard procedure to remove a child from a home when a sibling has been murdered.

"They have to look at the individual circumstances: Who did the crime?" Munns said. "Authorities have to make the decision: Are the children safe? That is the No. 1 question."

"If the mother had something to do with the denial of critical care of the children, that may have affected safety," he said. "If the mother was completely outside the incident and was a caring mother, would the children be removed? No."

(Emphasis in bold is mine - Grandpa)

Kevin Concannon's Comments in Full

All Staff:

I want to alert you to a sensationalized story on Iowa's child welfare system that is set to air beginning tonight on WHO Television in Des Moines. This is part of the periodic "sweeps week" programming in which television news stations air sensational stories in a battle for market share, the success of which drives advertising revenue. WHO is using outdated numbers and unsupported allegations to draw extremely negative conclusions about our child welfare system.

WHO reports: "Iowa now ranks 3rd in the country on re-abuse."

This is based on three-year-old data showing that 11.2 percent of abused or neglected children were again abused or neglected within six months. The national standard is 6.1 percent. Iowa is still out of compliance, but because of all the attention on this measure, the gap is finally, and quickly, closing. The latest figures (June 2005) show that the re-abuse rate is 9.3 percent. The rate would be even lower if Iowa, likesome states, didn't count abuses that occur while a child's family is receiving services. We hold ourselves to a higher standard in this regard than many states.

(WHO reports:) "The DHS is not providing stable placements in foster care."

Again, the reporters get it only part right. The federal target is to avoid more than two placements within 12 months for 86.7 percent of cases. In Iowa, it's 89.1 percent. Iowa meets the goal. The federal review three years ago also required Iowa to show 90 percent compliance in a random selection of cases. Our 82 percent random sample rate did not pass. Thus Iowa "failed" the measure.

(WHO reports:) "Iowa is not investigating reports of child maltreatment in a timely manner."

Iowa has imposed on itself some of the nation's most demanding standards regarding the speed at which we must respond to an accepted intake report on child abuse. Iowa struggles to meet its own standards, but Iowa is far faster than most other states. We seek ways to do better and continue in our efforts to improve.

WHO implies that the department was somehow at fault for the death of two little girls. While the DHS is judicially prohibited from specifically defending itself and outlining its involvement in these cases, I and the governor have reviewed these files and found the department acted appropriately. When prosecutors give permission, the record will be laid out for the public to see.

(WHO reports:) "Child abuse is up."

It certainly is, especially since Iowa is dealing with the scourge of meth and sex abuse, and especially since the death of Shelby Duis six years ago caused Iowans to report more and more suspected cases of abuse. More reports lead to more investigations. The number of cases is deplorable but it is due to forces beyond control of the DHS.

WHO is apparently uninterested in other stories about Iowa's child welfare system, which was completely redesigned and officially launched last spring. We keep constant watch on all of the major result areas, including re-abuse. As the saying goes, things that get measured get done. I'm happy to say that in the last couple of years, all of the results indicators are moving in the right direction.

Here's what we are doing:

Requiring DHS services in all cases of founded abuse of a child under age six regardless of risk. Half of all abuse occurs on children in that age range.

Providing voluntary, free assistance to hundreds of families where there is a risk of abuse and who were never served before. These are families in which there was no abuse but risk is high, or there was abuse on an older child but risk of re-abuse is low.

Surrounding the most troubled families with intense "family team" meetings that draw on strengths and gain buy-in of plans to improve safety.

Supporting two pilot programs to reduce disparity of minority families in the system. Preliminary results are very encouraging.

Revamping the documentation system to make "paperwork" an integral part of best practice, not just an added chore.

Child welfare is one of government's most difficult jobs.

The sheer volume is daunting; there were over 37,000 reports of abuse or neglect last year. Each case involves tough decisions. The DHS and all of its partners, especially the courts and county prosecutors, are working together to do an ever better job. But government cannot do it alone. We rely upon a broad partnership of parents, schools, churches, courts, and others, including the media, to help protect children and to support families. We welcome oversight. We also believe in telling the full story, not editing out factors that provide evidence on the strengths and positives of Iowa's child welfare system.

Kevin Concannon

DHS director: TV report 'sensationalized'

Kevin Concannon says the story on child abuse cases uses outdated numbers.

Hours before a television news report blasting Iowa's child welfare system was scheduled to air Thursday night, the state's top child welfare official sent out thousands of e-mails criticizing portions of the report, saying it uses outdated numbers and unsupported allegations to draw negative conclusions.

Read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

I wonder what the full text of the message sent was. If you have information e-mail me. The DHS report continues on WHO tonight at 10.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Grand Jury Report

There was a Grand Jury held yesterday today in the Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse.

Evey's father, Andy Christie and uncle, Jeremiah Christie are both scheduled to be available to testify at 1 p.m.

Others who testified were Casey's father, Casey's mother, Noel Miller and perhaps more who we did not know.

According to Jeremiah, this is the NOT same Grand Jury that indicted Casey Fredriksen earlier. The target of this round of questioning has not been identified.

Click here on Free Republic for local stories about the Grand Jury and Hearing in Floyd County concerning the minor children.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Custody Hearing Thursday 10/27

There should be a custody hearing at the Floyd County Courthouse for the two minor children of Noel Miller, Evelyn's mother. Might make the news.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Today's DHS Meeting

Today a meeting was held at the Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines at the invitation of Vern Armstrong, Chief of the Bureau of Protective Services of the DHS, two staffers and Andy, Lindsey and Richard Christie. The meeting began at 1 p.m. and lasted about two and a half hours.

Topics covered in detail were the assessment reports from DHS that the Christies have received. There are two other reports that the Christies have not as yet received because they have been sealed by the Floyd County Attorney, Marilyn Dettmer. These two reports are not even available to the Executive branch including the Governor. The content or nature of these reports was not discussed at the meeting.

The “missing” six reports were purged by the system because there was no assessment report required. All parties were allowed to ask questions and to discuss DHS policy and legal requirements of the agency.

A few items will be requiring follow-up action from the DHS. The Christies will be in contact with Mr. Armstrong for that information or if they have any further comments or questions.

The Christies did not have a full working knowledge of the agency. They were informed that all assessments are sent to the County Attorney and Juvenile Court Judge’s offices within the county where the child lives. This acts as a double check on the operations of the DHS.

Suggestions were made by the Christies about how the agency could do an even better job to help protect children receiving their services. Andy offered his help to the agency in endorsing any legislation recommended.

Because of ongoing investigations and the nature of the case, the reports are not as yet public information so no detail from those reports may be released to the press or public at this time.

Andy was invited by Mr. Armstrong to review the total group of reports when they are released by Ms. Dettmer but prior to public release.

It is the family’s hope that by working with the DHS, that important changes can be made to help better safeguard even more of Iowa’s children.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Letters to the Editor - Waterloo Courier

Evelyn's Stories at the Waterloo Courier.
Thanks go out this week to the Waterloo Courier and its sister papers in Iowa for covering Evey's story in such detail. The following are two letters that they received from their readers.

KATHY FRANK MASON CITY --- I just read your coverage on the Evelyn Miller story and I was so impressed. I have read each and every word regarding this case, and your story was the best. That little girl deserved better, and she deserved more protection from every single adult in her life than she got. DHS and the governor all dropped the ball. Had this been my granddaughter I would have been relentless with my complaints. I would have been sitting on their desk demanding something be done. I have had quite a bit of experience with DHS regarding my own grandchildren. Again, I commend you on a piece very well written.

I pray Evelyn has peace now and the routine that any child her age deserves --- and safe sleep, which I doubt she had ever had before.

Keep up the great work!

TERESA TYLER - ALLISON --- As I read the cover story on Evelyn Miller (Oct. 9), I began to think of how America has become a very tolerant place. It was sad to read how neighbors, family members, the community itself, ignored red flags about this little girl's plight. Even though they knew the circumstances of her living situation, no one questioned it.

Why have we become this way? It was true when Hillary Clinton said, "It takes a village to raise a child." Only those who witnessed Evelyn Miller's life can reveal the true happenings in this terrible case. Guilt can only overwhelm those who never spoke up, followed through or voiced opinion about the life of Evelyn Miller. You will hear angry accusations from those who probably feel the most guilty.

How is it we have become tolerant and ignore signs of trouble? That's an answer only a human being can supply of themselves. So I say to all of us, what's your personal human stance on tolerance? What as human beings shall we tolerate?

Friday, October 14, 2005


That there will be more DHS news soon.
That the word is that Noel was not charged for the porno because the feds have never prosecuited a woman for this crime. (see below)
That someone close to Evelyn expects someone to be charged in her case soon.
That a custody hearing is coming up later in the month.
I hate rumors - Thanks for following me.

(Please no media follow-ups at this time)

"Here is a link to a story where a female college student was sentenced to federal prison for trading child porn for music on the internet. So there is no truth to the gossip that the feds have never prosecuted a female for possession of child pornography :-)"
Thanks Trisha - Grandpa

Thursday, October 13, 2005

DHS Has Blood on Its Hands

In an interview with KCCI TV in Des Moines, yesterday, Linda and Richard spoke about the Governor's allegations about their family and DHS complaints which had been made.

Evelyn's Kindergarten Class

Class Photo
Evelyn is wearing pink and is sitting ^ in the front row. Click on photo to enlarge it. I hope that they all have a good year in first grade. (She is the one missing a tooth.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

You have to see this

My response to the Governor's criticism of our family.
Radio Iowa or Free Republic for public comments. I am poster "richierichIII" We feel guilty for not having abducted our own granddaughter in order to save her life. Hindsight is 20/20 - Governor.
[this is the link to the original comments by the Governor on
Radio Iowa]

Monday, October 10, 2005

Information Overload

Evelyn Miller on Free Republic

The time has come when I just can't keep up with the rapidly developing events concerning Evey's case. I will try to post news article links on Free Republic as they develop.

Rather than trying to post further links here I will be posting things of a family nature for our friends who have been trying to follow me and commentary that I don't wish to have discussed on Free Republic. Please feel free to put any comment that you wish on the Free Republic site or e-mail me.

Sunday and today reports about Evey's home life were published in the Waterloo Courier and Globe Gazette. They make interesting reading and go into some of the DHS issues that we as a family are concerned about.

DHS Issue at Globe Gazette

Andy Christie, Evelyn's father, has not as yet been able to see any of the reports yet after making a formal request over two weeks ago.

Now the Governor has said he isn’t in a position to say whether that DHS report was complete or accurate. “The reports that were submitted in the Evelyn Miller situation suggested concerns expressed by family members, people who had an ax to grind, people whose credibility was a bit suspect. They were looked into,” Vilsack said.

My take is that the Governor feels that with the information known, the agency did what it was supposed to.

We'll let you know our opinion after we have seen and digested the reports. I don't want to speak ill if any person or agency unless it is deserved, neither do I wish to endorse their activities unless I have all of the facts before me.

There are definitely improvements to the DHS system that would make it more effective and I will elaborate on that area at a later time. For now everything should be focused on the investigation and bringing those responsible for Evelyn's death to justice.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Click on either of the hyperlinks below for today’s coverage of Evey in the Waterloo Courier. Even though the information is already known by many of us there are some details that you may not already know. There are other links on the Courier site.
About Evey's Life at Home
Photo Gallery
Thank you for following me and thanks for the supportive e-mails and prayers.
Click FreeRepublic to read comments to this article or to post your own or you can e-mail me.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Evey - Our Own Angel

This quote from Evey's Legacy site touched us deeply this morning. Thank you Cassey for allowing us to share it.
"I know it has been a while, but Evelyn is on my mind a lot and I just wanted to offer my condolences to the family. I also want to use this to share a story about Evelyn. I used to work with her Kindergarten class, and she was the sweetest little girl I have ever met. Her smile could melt your heart. I remember one day, she and I were reading a story with a few other kids. The book was about this Caterpillar and his journey to become a butterfly. One of the kids asked me: "Why does he want to be a butterfly?" I said: "Because butterflies are beautiful." It was then that Evelyn chimed in and said: "Then why doesn't he want to be an angel? Angels are prettier and they fly higher!"

Thank you for making me smile, Evelyn. I know that you are a beautiful angel. Keep on flying!"
Cassey Shindelar (Charles City, IA )

Saturday, October 01, 2005

About Casey Fredericksen - How I Feel

A reader sent me this e-mail:
Please explain to all of us why you defend Casey and Noel. I understand being Christian but even Jesus would say that Casey and Noel's behavior is way off base.

Casey is still a human being and as such he deserves the full legal respect due individuals under the law. He may indeed guilty of this despicable charge but that is up to the courts to determine. I do not believe that he had any connection to Evelyn's death.

Noel, even though she has not been charged with anything yet, deserves the same respect. I believe that she was criminally involved in some way with Evey's death. I do not know that she was - I believe that she was. She deserves, if they are due her, charges to be advanced, indictments to be issued and a trial to commence.

Our courts are due the privilege of judging people in this life and our Lord in the next.

When we individually judge others we are often dissapointed with error. I don't want any error committed in these matters. That is why I'm relying on the results of proper court proceedures to determine the outcomes. Should the court err then there is always the hereafter to correct the matter.

WHO-TV video interview with Grandfather.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Grand Jury Update - Casey Indicted

Hi down there!

Indictment issued in Cedar Rapids and covered by the Globe Gazette with follow-up comments by readers.

The Federal Grand Jury in Cedar Rapids met again yesterday - new players called to testify. Andy was also on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren yesterday at 9:45 p.m. CDT

Des Moines Register
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Mason City Globe Gazette
Public Comments at
Free Republic

Were We Expecting This?
Yes, we we’re expecting the indictment. There seemed to be enough evidence to indict Casey based upon what I had heard from my son, Jeremiah and from the media. It is important to remember that Casey is innocent until proven guilty. We were sorry that he may have had that material on his computer, especially with three children in the home. I don’t know if this material has any direct or indirect relationship to the murder investigation that is in progress, time will tell. Casey passed a polygraph test early in the investigation of the murder. His alleged involvement with the pornography has placed increased strain on the families involved. We do pray that Casey and Noel cooperate fully with the law enforcement system in helping to solve Evey’s murder, it’s the least that they can do for her memory.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday - Cops Back

-Neighbors Questioned - KCRG

Monday, September 26, 2005

Monday - Monday

Marilyn Dettmer visits with the press on this KCRG-TV Video.
Casey returns home after cutting his wrists and neigbors want the family to move. KCRG-TV Video
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Sunday, September 25, 2005

How Does it Feel

It’s just hazy down here. I don’t know if it will rain or not and kind of don’t care. Linda is working at Younkers in Merle Hay Mall and is scheduled today. I’ll be taking her, then getting a haircut and paying bills. Just too much excitement!

We have new neighbors who were displaced by Katrina. She and her two children lived in New Orleans and we’re just getting to know them.

There is not much new on Evey’s case either. We just watch – hope – pray – write – read – talk – console – grieve – meet – repeat over and over. I wish that there was some finality to it. It is kind a kind of thing where you don’t want to encourage sympathy or pity – you’ve already had that; it was a comfort to us then – it doesn’t help now and we don’t need any more of it.

Empathy does work; the kind of empathy that we’re getting from our Victims Group and others who have sent us e-mails who have gone through similar situations. The words, “I understand”, have taken on a new meaning for us when they are spoken by someone who has had a similar loss.

We just want to get on with our lives but it seems that we both move slowly through a black endless tunnel daily. I just wish that it would all go away. We know that she is in the eternal arms of the Lord, perhaps that should be enough for us but it just seems not to cut it.

We think that we know exactly who is responsible for her death. We don’t know exactly how it happened, the reasons why, or who actually killed her. Time will tell – we hope – we pray.

We don’t want any kind or reparation or revenge, just an acknowledgement from society about what happened so that perhaps other families and their children won’t get into the same situation. Only then can we allow Evey’s spirit to be at rest in our hearts and we can say, “We’re sorry honey. We’ll love and treasure you always.”

Love, Richard and Linda
(exerpted from a letter to one of my best friends - e-mail comments if you wish)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Weekend Edition - Updates on Casey

Links to new's stories related to previous posts.

Evelyn Miller's Mother Says Pressure Led To Fiance's Injuries - Miller Says Frederiksen Should Be Released Monday The Iowa Channel.

TV9 Exclusive: Noel Miller Reacts to Casey Frederiksen's Suicide Attempt on KCRG-TV

Be sure to bookmark KCRG's link to their coverage of Evey's Story. Special thanks for a great job considering that KCRG is about 120 miles from Charles City.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Casey Attempts Suicide

The Charles City Press reported today that Casey Frederickson attempted suicide.

We are both very sad to see this type of situation happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Casey and his family.

In that regard, I am removing the ability to post to this blog directly, since I can't in all honesty allow some bloggers out there to get carried away with their comments. If you have anything of interest, based upon hard facts, please e-mail me the information and I will edit it, preserving content, crediting the author and building it within the framework of this blog.

There is also a story with video about Andy's family and how they are coping with Evey's death on KCRG Cedar Rapids

I would also like to thank all of the subscribers of this blog who sent me the links to the various articles today.

We hope that there will be a quick and peaceful resolution to this tragedy soon

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Interview with Andy

There is a story about Andy and Lindsey Christie, Evey's non-custodial family, today in the Waterloo Courier. Read what they have to say about Evey for the first time since her funeral.

Happy Story Smile and know that God is smiling with you.

By the way, there have been some posts which have been objectionable. They have been removed and will continue to be removed as I am able to edit this blog. If you have any comments falling into this category, or if you have had posts removed, I would suggest starting your own blog.

The article was also published by the Mason City Globe Gazette on Wednesday, thanks.

Friday, September 16, 2005

New KCRG Story - Updated

There is be a story posted here featuring Casey and Noel speaking of their recent difficulties. We are out of the viewing area and viewed it over the Internet.

One detail that Noel forgot to mention was that, according to information that I have from a reputable source, Noel has been uncooperative with investigators in their quest. She has refused to be questioned by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation unless her attorney is present. What do you think?

Please leave your comments.

See video and story archives at KCRG-TV here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New News Thursday

You might like to take a look at these: Two Guys and National Voice for Children

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Evey's Family Tree

Family relationships from obituary in answer to a request.

Paternal Parents:
Andrew "Andy" Christie
Richard and Linda Christie of Des Moines
Steven Christie
Tina (Jeff) Spears / Marley Jane Spears
Jeremiah Christie
Great Grandparents
James and Betty Wright of Knoxville, Tenn.
Lindsey Christie
David and Janice Weston of Nashua
Shane (Desiree) Carnagey, Zachary Weston
Great Grandparents
Donald and Rosie Carnagey of Collinsville, Okla
Wesley Christie of Waterloo

Maternal parents:
Noel Miller
Grand Parents
Diane Miller of Charles City
Alithya Runyan, Destiny, Boe and Luke,
Irene Miller, Mark Miller, Dawn Miller, Autumn Miller
Great Grandparent
Ada Day of Yreka, Calif.
Step-Father Fiance
Casey Frederiksen of Charles City
Grand Parents
Dennis King of Charles City
Mark and Sandy Kuykendall of Floyd
Niki (Lewis) Litzel, and Alena and Brandi (Joe) Hoffman
Great Grandparent
Edna King of Marble Rock
Gabriel and Damian Frederiksen both of Charles City

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Who Dit It - Opinions and tips sought

Well after two months of investigation there have been no arrests, no warrants and no hard information about the suspects or targets in this investigation. What as a reader is your opinion? Who do you think committed this crime? Why? We have moved past sadness and sorrow - we want answers - we want to know.

If you would like to say anything here, please feel free to do so. You may also e-mail me directly and it will not appear in this blog. If you know of anyone who has any information please contact them and have them get in touch with us.

Thank you for Evey.

Comments and links on other blogs

My favorite blogs in following Evey are now in the right hand column. Click on them to read comment by others about Evey. If you have found other blogs of interest about Evelyn, please leave their URLs in comments.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Grand Jury Reports

Early Reports on the Federal Grand Jury of September 8th in Cedar Rapids
Globe Gazette Waterloo Courier Des Moines Register Correction: Jeremiah was actually questioned for ten minutes of the two hours twenty minutes that he was in the courthouse.

We expect that an indictment will be coming out of the Grand Jury.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

DHS Reports

Andy, Evey's father, is seeking the DHS reports that are now, and have been, public record since Evelyn's death. There is only one report which is sealed.
The reports will be published here when available.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer's E-Mail

The correct e-mail address for the Floyd County Attorney is

Do not use the response link on her site because that won't reach her. Use the e-mail above - it works. If you have or have had factual information which may be an aid to this case please send it to the address above even if you have sent it before to a different e-mail. The Floyd County Internet site has not been corrected as yet.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New News - Search Warrants Issued

Warrants have been issued and search made of Noel Miller's home. Noel is Evelyn's mother.
Des Moines Register
Mason City Globe Gazette
As grandparents, we hope that the warrants issued result in the information needed to move this case forward.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Letter to Marilyn Dettmer Floyd County Attorney

Due to the lack of information from and an apparent refusal to reply to repeated phone calls to the Office of the Floyd County Attorney, Marilyn Dettmer, we have sent her this letter this morning via the Floyd County Internet link.

"We would like for the DHS reports concerning Evelyn Miller to be unsealed unless you can justify the need for them being sealed. It is our opinion, that if the exact details and nature of each incident and follow-up actions had been reported to Andy, that our family could have taken action to have prevented this tragedy.

We have not been able to get any response to repeated calls and e-mails (your e-mail is bouncing).

The only justifiable reason for the full DHS file not being released is if there is a person of interest or possible suspect involved in the reports, in which case, the particular portions of the case could be withheld."

Thank you, Richard and Linda Christie

Saturday, August 27, 2005

What kind of people we are dealing with

Here is an article about where things stand as of today. Interestingly, the two local papers have not published anything about this yet!
Des Moines Register

Monday, August 22, 2005

Happy Birthday Evey

Yes, it has been a long time waiting for any real information about our granddaughters murder and the person or people who committed it.

After weeks of shock, hope, sorrow, sleeplessness, fear depression and grief our family has been left in a state of melancholy that I have never known before.

It is ony our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ that has sustained us and has promised us hope for the future. We know that although the news dwindles and fewer people care, that the news that we are waiting for will eventually come.

We pray that someone out there will add that bit of information that the authorities need to complete their investigation and proceed towards an arrest and conviction.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide those investigators to do the right things, to ask the right questions and get the answers that they need to reach a just conclusion for Evey.

We also pray that this never happens to another child. That those contemplating any such crime check their passions and not proceed down the wrong path.

Evey was a wonderful child. We know that she is in the arms of the Lord and we will welcome the day when we can again be with her for eternity.

Thanks for following Evey. God bless you all and Happy Birthday Evey.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Thanks for Following Me

Recap of All News concerning Evelyn Miller. News links have been combined here with my comments where there were any. Original posts were left in their original position. I hope that this news recap can generate more interest and leads in Evey's yet unsolved case. Thanks for being here.

Link to Des Moines Register Stories by date. The following are in general stories from The Mason City Globe Gazette.

8/19/2005 Celebration of Evey's Life
Evey’s Birthday is this coming Monday,  August 22.

8/9/2005 Why they left Grandmother’s House
It has been over a month since this case began. We believe that the County Attorney is doing her very best to resolve and prosecute this case. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation and FBI and local LE have been working very hard on this case.
I would just like to have some reassurance that things are moving forward. What do you think?
Globe Gazette Editorial

8/08/2005The sister of Noel Miller's fiancé thinks the couple's lifestyle was a factor in the girl's disappearance. Casey's sister says it all

Brandi could not have said it better. I still have some questions.

The article stated, "Records show Charles City police and Floyd County sheriffs deputies have had dozens of contacts with the couple over the past four years. Several calls were for domestic violence; the couple also phoned in disturbances by friends and relatives, and reported they'd been the victim of thefts.

"How come DHS did not receive the information about the police and sheriff's calls? Isn't there a law or regulation requiring that the DHS (and non-custodial parent) be informed when police or another law enforcement agency has been called to the residence of a child under their care? If there is not it should be on the next legislative agenda. This would strengthen both the power of DHS and the non-custodial parent to promptly remove children in danger from an unfit home, no matter how "loving" it is.

Tragically, our family was not informed of the full extent of the danger that Evey was in.

Please consider this petition   We do not as yet know if Evelyn was murdered by a sexual predator but it is a definite possibility.   Please download and sign this petition to strengthen our national laws to help protect every child in America. The petition is located under the downloads section of:  
You may make copies to be distributed among your friends, co-workers and church if you wish.

08/05/2005Evelyn's mother lashes out at handling of case
Family Lets Frustration Show
Still No Answers - Mother Frustrated
IMPORTANT! Suspect Confirmed by County Attorney
8/4/2005 Little known about investigation
8/2/2005 DHS won't make Evelyn Miller report public now
7/29/2005 Authorities continue investigation into killing
7/21/2005 Sex offender registry check was "standard"
Cityview Online-Read all about DHS
7/17/2005 Editorial: Pain won't go away soon
7/14/2005 Visitation offers a poignant view of a child's life
Foundation offers $5,000 reward in Evelyn Miller case
Evelyn Miller laid to rest
7/13/2005 Reward offered for information in Evelyn Miller case  
7/12/2005 Officials say missing girl was slain
Vilsack to review files in case
7/09/2005 Authorities continue search for clues in child's death
Suspicion angers men who say they just tried to help
7/8/2005 Family struggles with the death of ‘smart, happy' girl
Hunting for clues
Two men last to see Evelyn Miller frustrated by allegations
7/7/2005 Evelyn Miller's body found in Cedar River  
Cedar River evidence search under way in girl's death
No arrests made in Evelyn Miller death; body found in river
Specific criteria determine if an Amber Alert can be issued
7/6/2005 Red Cross, Salvation Army tend to search volunteers
Volunteers fan out for a fifth day of searching
Family takes time to thank searchers
Evelyn Miller's parents express determination to remain strong
7/6/2005 Warrant served at home of early morning visitors
Evelyn's parents determined to find little girl
Video: mother of missing girl Please watch especially between 1:24 and 1:40. Do the three past tense references mean anything?
North Iowans show concern (Globe Gazette Editorial)
7/4/2005 Family pleads for help finding girl
Search expands for missing girl
7/3/2005 Stepmom believes Evelyn was abducted
No trace found of missing girl
Search for missing Floyd child suspended until 8 a.m. Monday
7/2/2005 Rural Floyd 5-year-old is missing  
Massive search for missing 5-year-old Floyd girl continues  
7/1/2005 Evelyn is Missing

This is the beginning of the story of the loss of Evelyn. I have attempted to post the best links to her story that I could find. I hope that in reading them that you can make sense of something that makes no sense to me. Thanks to the media for covering Evey's case.