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From jail, Casey Frederiksen couldn't hold back tears as he remembered the night Evelyn Miller disappeared.
"She should be out there on the couch and Noel said, 'No, she's not.' Got up in a frantic and started searching the apartments, and asking everybody if they'd seen her, and went around outside screaming her name," Frederiksen said.
Frederiksen said he was asleep the night of July 1st, 2005, when Evelyn disappeared. He had tucked in his two sons and Evelyn was sleeping on the couch. He didn't realize anything was wrong until his former fiance, Noel Miller, came home from her night shift job and asked where her daughter was.
Five-year-old Evelyn lived with her mother, two step-brothers, and mother's fiance, Frederiksen, in their Floyd County apartment. "She was like my daughter. I was with Noel when she was still pregnant with her. I basically raised her since she was a baby, all the way up. I was working more so Noel had more time with her," Frederiksen said.
Casey is in jail awaiting a judge's sentence for child pornography. He pleaded guilty in February to possessing child porn on a home computer. Police found the pictures when they were conducting the murder investigation.
He was very emotional when talking about Evelyn, and said he wishes he could use grief counseling, but it's not available in jail.
He said, "I miss her so much. I miss our whole family. I'd like to see her memorials and stuff. That's probably one of the first things I'll do when I get out."
Email Beth Malicki at Beth.Malicki@kcrg.com