Evelyn Miller's Grandparents Still Grieving Two-Years Later

By Mark Geary, Reporter

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EASTERN IOWA -- Unanswered questions still surround the murder of Evelyn Miller -- two years after her death.

The five-year-old Floyd County girl vanished July 1, 2005.

A kayaker found her body along the Cedar River near Charles City several days later.

Sunday afternoon, family members hosted a special memorial service to honor the little girl. It was a chance to grieve and give thanks for everyone who continues to pray for her.

Miller's tragic death haunts her grandparents every day.

"There are times that the pain just hits you all of a sudden and you are incapacitated and just wonder - How am I going to make it?" Evelyn’s grandmother, Linda Christie, said.

Prayers and support from friends and family members give Linda Christie strength. Strength to keep her granddaughter's memory alive.

"I miss her smile. I miss her smell. I miss the, 'I love you grandmas.' I miss the 5-year-old. I miss the child," Christie said.

Prosecutors still haven't charged anyone for murdering the little girl. But, the Christies believe an arrest will happen soon.

"I sure hope that the person who is responsible does fully take responsibility for what has happened, faces their conviction and does time in jail," Evelyn’s grandfather, Richard Christie, said.

While they wait for justice, the Christies cling to a special flute -- one of Evelyn's favorite toys.

"One night, I was driving back from Kansas City and I was playing flute music, and I could feel feathers -- just to let me know that, 'I'm here, Grandma. I'm okay. Don't worry,'" Linda Christie said.

The grieving grandparents say the searing, sudden pain they felt two years ago has become more of an ache now. An ache they know will never stop hurting.

The Christies still have a lot of contact with people in Floyd County and authorities all over the state.

The couple told TV9 they believe an arrest will happen very soon.

E-mail Mark Geary at Mark.Geary@kcrg.com

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