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Six Years Later, Investigators Say Floyd County Girl's Death Still 'Active'
By Chris Earl, Reporter
FLOYD, Iowa – Evelyn Miller has now been gone longer than she was here.
"I can't believe she would have been in the seventh grade," said her grandmother Linda Christie.
Evelyn Miller will always be known as a five-year-old girl. She was last seen alive on July 1, 2005 in her family's apartment in Floyd.
Her mother, Noel Miller, was working an overnight shift that evening and came home to find Evelyn missing. Hundreds of volunteers searched throughout the Floyd County town in the following days. A kayaker found the little girl's body in the Cedar River days later.
No one has been formally charged in Evelyn Miller's death. Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said this is not a cold case.
"We're in it to take it to the very end and, ultimately, get justice for Evelyn Miller," said Lynch on Thursday from his office in Charles City.
Lynch said prosecutors want to make sure they have a strong case to present before they take the next step of charging a suspect and proceeding with a trial.
"Knowing who did something and proving it in court of law are entirely different," said Lynch. "You only get once chance in a court of law. You take someone to court and they are found 'not guilty', they are done."
Linda and Richard Christie have been vocal in past years that they believe Casey Frederiksen knows what happened to their granddaughter that night. Frederiksen was Noel Miller's fiancee at the time and was home watching Evelyn the night she disappeared.
"I feel helpess because there is no conclusion," said Linda Christie.
"Every piece of evidence is hidden," said Richard Christie. "There's nothing we're privy to. We hear nothing about it."
Lynch said investigators have kept a very tight lip on the Evelyn Miller death investigation and that the people in Floyd County are "respectful towards that".
Frederiksen, 32, is already in federal prison on drug and child pornography charges unrelated to Evelyn Miller's disappearance and death. The Department of Justice website search states Frederiksen is an inmate at a federal prison in Marion, Ill. with a release date of 2026.
Back in Charles City, Lynch would not name any suspects but did say investigators believe the person who may have harmed the little girl is not a threat to anyone else.
"This case is very focused and getting tighter and tighter," said Lynch. "That's the best way I can explain it."
The Christies say they aren't the same people they were before Evelyn's death and have gone through quite a few changes of late. They retired last year, moving from the Des Moines area to Waterloo.
This move has allowed them to be closer to their son (and Evelyn's father) Andrew and their two surviving grandchildren.
Richard Christie says the memories of the little girl they lost can pop up at anytime.
"You go to Target at Halloween and see the costumes and imagine Evey in a costume," said Christie. "Or see the kids in the aisle and, from behind, they look like Evey."