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Family marks 7 years since Evelyn MIller's disappearance, death

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Sunday marks seven years since five-year-old Evelyn Miller disappeared from her Floyd County home.  Six days later, her body was found in the Cedar River just a few miles away.  It's believed she was kidnapped, then murdered.  But in seven years, no charges have been filed in the case.  We talked with Evelyn's family about their ongoing grief, and a new way they're hoping will help them continue healing.

Linda and Richard Christie treasure every moment they spent with their five-year-old granddaughter Evelyn.  It was back in July 2005 when their beloved "Evey" went missing and was later found dead.

"She was murdered, kidnapped, and thrown into the Cedar River like a piece of trash.  I don't want that memory.  I want to remember my granddaughter as she was," Linda Christie said.

Coping with the loss has been especially tough because no on has ever been prosecuted for killing Evelyn Miller.  But her family still has hope that will happen one day.

"There will be peace of mind, that the perpetrator is being tried for her murder and being brought to justice," said Christie.

Until then, the family keeps focus on healing.  Part of that now involves working to establish the "Evelyn Miller Memorial Fund" to help other families of child homicide victims.  It's money that could help cover things like travel expenses for funerals and court proceedings, for family not covered by the state's crime victim assistance program.

"…that one good deed will help maybe another family that has gone through what we have gone through," Christie said.

The family understands such money and support is invaluable when you lose a child.  The Evelyn Miller Memorial Fund will also help the Christies in their healing, while keeping the memory of their precious granddaughter alive.

 The Christies make regular phone calls to the victim's advocate with the Iowa Attorney General's office.  They're told the AG will soon be handed all the case files from Evelyn's murder and believe that could result in criminal charges.

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