Skip to comments.5-year-old Evelyn Miller's killer still eludes authorities, mother and her fiance have problems
Posted on 08/27/2005 10:18:31 AM PDT by newgeezer
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[Evelyn Miller's mother and her fiance] have been in court, most recently on Friday, over allegations that their poor parenting placed their two sons in danger. They have faced complaints from neighbors who called police about a loud party and about alleged abuse of a dog. Authorities also were contacted after a confrontation between Noel Miller and a friend who handed her computer hard drive over to investigators.
Also Friday, Dettmer, acting as a representative of state child welfare officials, asked a juvenile court judge to declare Miller and Casey Frederiksen's two sons "children in need of assistance." This ruling would give the court jurisdiction over the family and open up services for the children and parents.
Tanya Martinez, who lives in the same apartment building in Floyd from which Evelyn was snatched, called police Aug. 10 to report that Miller had come over to reclaim her computer hard drive. Miller, who gave Martinez the hard drive for safekeeping, became angry when Martinez said she no longer had it.
In early August, Martinez gave the hard drive to Floyd County sheriff's investigator Travis Bartz.
"Noel Miller freaked out on her and started to scream at her and accused her of murder and (a) whole bunch of other stuff," a sheriff's department report states. "Noel claimed that the pictures that she has of Evelyn are on that hard drive."
Martinez told the dispatcher she wanted Miller's behavior documented "in case Noel harasses her later on," the report states. "She thought it was strange that she freaked out about the hard drive and wanted investigator Bartz to know this."
Martinez is the ex-wife of Danny Slick. Slick and his friend Randy Patrie were among the last to see Evelyn alive when they stopped by at 2 a.m. July 1 to see Frederiksen. They have repeatedly stated they left the child unhurt.
I remain confident this murder will be solved. Something's going to break it open.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer says she will not give up her search for Evelyn Miller's killer.
The five-year-old Floyd girl disappeared from her family's apartment on July First. She was found dead in a river six days later.
Evelyn's death has been ruled a homicide, but details about how and when she was killed have not been released.
Meanwhile, Evelyn's mother and her fiance have been back in court over allegations that their poor parenting placed Evelyn's two brothers in danger.
Noel Miller and Casey Frederiksen were back in court yesterday. Dettmer, acting as a representative of state child welfare officials, asked a juvenile court judge to declare the two boys "children in need of assistance." The ruling would give the court jurisdiction over the family.
The boys were placed in foster care last month. The outcome of the hearing was not made public.
Someone should save these boys from these W.T. horrible parents.
Frederiksen has returned to his part-time job at Kmart. Miller was working at a nursing home to become a certified nurse's aide but hasn't finished her training. Because of her daughter's homicide, Miller is entitled to up to $6,000 in lost wages from the Victim's Compensation Fund.
The weekend of Aug. 13, the couple moved to a larger home with a grassy yard on Charles City's E Street.
What a fine idea! Give the drug addicted mother and boyfriend $6000.00 to party on!
That's Vilsack's Iowa at its' best.
It is not a matter of finding the killers. I think everyone knows pretty much what happened. Whether it will ever be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt is the question.
The girl went missing from her mother's apartment on July 1.
Her body was found six days later in the Cedar River, about two miles from her home.
Her death has been ruled a homicide, but details about how and when she was killed have not been released.
Evelyn's grandparents, Richard and Linda Christie, of Des Moines, wrote an e-mail to Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer this week asking why the file wasn't released.
They wondered if the office had a suspect in mind.
Dettmer did not respond directly to the family members' e-mail, but said her office requested a judge seal the file in relation to the ongoing investigation.
Dettmer said there is no way to release only some bits of the information, as the Christies have suggested.
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