WEBSTER CITY, Iowa-- A 35-year-old Iowa man will stand trial for the nearly decade old murder of a little girl he helped raise. Casey Frederiksen is accused of sexually abusing, then killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in 2005.
For six days, Miller’s family and the countless volunteers looking for her, held out hope for her safe return. On July 6th 2005, the massive search came to a tearful end when the little girl`s body was found in the Cedar River.
“I just screamed, ‘God no please’” remembered grandmother Linda Christie.
Authorities vowed to find her killer, but the months turned into years and Miller’s family kept waiting for a break in the case. Then in 2012, more than seven years after her murder, authorities made an arrest.
Frederiksen was charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse. He lived with Miller, her mother and their two other children in a Charles City apartment. The longtime suspect in the case was said to be one of the last people to see the little girl alive.
Frederiksen pleaded not guilty to the crimes. His trial was moved out of Floyd County to Hamilton County. Jury selection is set to begin tomorrow morning.
The 35-year-old is currently serving a federal prison sentence for child pornography and drug charges.