Evelyn Miller

Evelyn Miller

Evelyn Celeste Miller

Homicide — ARREST MADE

Evelyn Celeste Miller
5 YOA
Floyd, Iowa
Floyd County
July 1, 2005

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On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Casey Frederiksen was charged with first-degree murder and sexual abuse in Evelyn Miller’s death. Frederiksen was the live-in boyfriend of Evelyn’s mother, Noel Miller. Officials said he is the only person they plan to charge in connection with the murder.

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Casey Frederiksen

Frederiksen, who already was serving a 14-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Ill. on a federal conviction for possessing child pornography, was transferred back to Iowa after murder charges were filed in the child’s death.

On Monday, November 19, 2012, Frederiksen waived his right to a speedy trial.

In February 2013, a judge ruled in favor of a motion to change the venue due to extensive pretrial publicity. The trial was moved out of Floyd County and scheduled to begin Oct. 28 in Hamilton County District Court in Webster City.

In July 2013, Judge Gregg Rosenbladt granted a continuance to give the parties extra time to prepare, and scheduled the trial for May 6, 2014.

In March 2014, the trial was moved back again and is now scheduled to begin Sept. 15, 2014.

Frederiksen is currently being held in the Bremer County Jail in Waverly under a $2 million bond.


Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Five-year-old Evelyn Miller was reported missing in the early morning hours of July 1, 2005, from a Floyd, Iowa, apartment where she lived with her mother, Noel Miller, two brothers, and her mother’s fiancé, Casey Frederiksen.

Frederiksen was at the apartment – located a few miles north of Charles City at 1781 Quarry Road, Apt. #4 — with the three children while Miller worked a night shift but said he was sleeping when the girl disappeared. Miller returned home around 6 a.m. and reported her daughter missing.

During the first several days following Evelyn’s disappearance, more than 1,500 Iowans conducted an intensive search.

Five days after she went missing, a recreational kayaker found Evelyn’s body in the Cedar River about 2 miles from her home.

Officials ruled her death a homicide, but wouldn’t initially release any information regarding how the child died or the condition of her body when found. The omission of those details proved crucial in helping officials later make an arrest in the case.


WHO-TV’s Aaron Brilbeck reports on the 5-year anniversary of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller’s unsolved murder. July 1, 2010

Frederiksen Indicted on Drug and Child Pornography Charges

On June 3, 2009, Casey Frederiksen was indicted and charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to possessing pseudo ephedrine for use in drug manufacturing after admitting he had been selling drugs in the months before Evelyn Miller disappeared.

During the investigation, police seized Frederiksen’s home computer and discovered more than 1,600 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexual acts. The images had been downloaded as recently as July 2005, the same month Evelyn disappeared.

Frederiksen received a 14-year sentence on a federal conviction for possessing child pornography, and was housed at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Ill. His projected release date is November 5, 2026.

Noel Miller served two days in jail in 2007 on a charge of going armed with intent. She also lost her bid to get custody of the two young sons she had with Fredericksen, who were put in foster care shortly after Evelyn’s murder.

Two others investigated for involvement in case

Randy Patrie and Danny Slick — two men who visited the Floyd apartment in the early morning hours of July 1, 2005 — were among those who last saw Evelyn alive and also were investigated in connection with her death.

randy-lee-patrie-wcfcourierCourtesy photo Globe Gazette
Randy Patrie

Patrie and Slick told law enforcement officials they had seen Evelyn about 2 a.m. the morning of her disappearance. Both men said Evelyn had answered the door when they arrived, but that she was fine when they left.

Danny Slick was sentenced in February 2007 to one year and one day in prison for lying to FBI agents investigating Evelyn’s disappearance.

On July 4, 2013, Patrie, 31, of Charles City, was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On July 9, 2013, Charles City authorities filed additional charges against Patrie following the Iowa DCI’s investigation into a series of residential and commercial burglaries.

According to a Globe Gazette article published July 10, 2013, the additional charges against Patrie included two counts of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, a Class D felony; and second-degree burglary, a Class C felony. A press release from the Charles City Police Department said Patrie was arrested Tuesday night, July 9, 2013, and taken to the Floyd County Jail.

Evelyn’s case featured on Nancy Grace’s COLD CASES

On the four-year anniversary of Evelyn Miller’s disappearance and murder, the cable news networkCNN featured Evelyn’s story as part of Nancy Grace’s Cold Cases.

Nancy Grace Producer Alexis Weed provided an update on the details known thus far.

Officials had zeroed in on three particular suspects, and a $5,000 reward had been offered for information in Evelyn’s murder.

Fredericksen Charged with Murder

On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Casey Frederiksen was charged with first-degree murder and sexual abuse in Evelyn’s death. Officials said he is the only person they plan to charge in connection with the murder.

Frederiksen, who already was serving a 14-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Ill. on a federal conviction for possessing child pornography, was transferred back to Iowa after murder charges were filed in the child’s death.

On Monday, November 19, 2012, Frederiksen waived his right to a speedy trial.

In February 2013, a judge ruled in favor of a motion to change the venue due to extensive pretrial publicity. The trial was moved out of Floyd County and scheduled to begin Oct. 28 in Hamilton County District Court in Webster City.

In July 2013, Judge Gregg Rosenbladt granted a continuance to give the parties extra time to prepare, and scheduled the trial for May 6, 2014.

In March 2014, the trial was moved back again and is now scheduled to begin Sept. 15, 2014.

Frederiksen is currently being held in the Bremer County Jail in Waverly under a $2 million bond.

According to an Aug. 7, 2014 report by the Globe Gazette, autopsy results showed Evelyn died because of sharp-force injuries, which included wounds on her neck. Though found fully clothed, there was also evidence of sexual assault. Read Dennis Magee’s full story at the Globe Gazette.

evelyn-miller-statue-wcf-courier-2012Courtesy photo Dennis Magee / WCF Courier
Friends and family placed this statue in the city park in Floyd after Evelyn Miller’s death in 2005.
About Evelyn Miller

Evelyn Miller was born August 22, 1999, the daughter of Noel Miller and Andy Christie.

Her mother’s fiancé, Casey Frederiksen, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. July 14, 2005 at the Congregational Church, 502 N. Jackson St. in Charles City.

Evelyn’s body was cremated and her ashes given to family members and friends.

In December 2005, an 8-foot statue celebrating the 5-year-old’s life was unveiled at the Floyd Community Center, which served as the command post for authorities during their search for her the previous summer.

If you have any additional information

Anyone with additional information about Evelyn’s murder should contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 228-1821.

Her case will remain open until there is a conviction in her death.

Evelyn’s paternal grandparents have devoted a blog to their granddaughter’s memory at evelynmillermemories.blogspot.com. The site contains many photos and a YouTube slideshow video of the young girl’s early years.

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5 Responses to Evelyn Miller

  1. questions says:

    Are the brothers old enough to be able to know anything? Has anyone tried talking to them?

  2. Kim says:

    They’ve arrested Casey Fredriksen in Evelyn Miller’s death, charging him with first degree murder and first degree sexual abuse. Here’s the newslink:

  3. Mike says:

    Of all of the cold cases that are on this website,it is the ones of murdered children that touch my heart the most.I just can’t understand why anyone would hurt,let alone murder a child.And a grown man sexually abusing a young child is enough to turn my stomach.Children are NOT sexual playthings,thats why their are laws against adults having sex with children!Every child should have a normal,safe childhood without the parents having to worry about perverts stealing the innocence of their children.When someone is convicted of a sexual crime against a child he or she should be sentenced to life in prison without parole.There should be no second chances for someone who steals the innocence of a child!.

  4. Pamela De Vries says:

    Omg I just searched this up I should’ve looked a long time ago…. Evelyn was my best friend when I went to Lincoln Elementry. We played T- ball or was it softball…Anyway we played it together…she was always so happy …I always think about her even to this day …and I am 14

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