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Evelyn Miller's family relieved charges finally brought in case


Thursday, authorities announced Casey Frederiksen faces murder and sexual abuse charges in the 2005 murder of five-year-old Evelyn Miller in Floyd County.

Back in July, KWWL visited with Richard and Linda Christie, Evelyn's grandparents, at the seven year anniversary of her disappearance.  At the time, they felt charges were near--police knew who was responsible and it was just a matter of putting the pieces together.  Now, seeing charges finally come to light, there's a flood of emotions for the family, mostly a sense of relief.

"There's a flicker of hope but I have to tell you that as each day passes on, that flicker of hope fades," Linda Christie said.

That's the truth she and husband Richard Christie have lived with for seven years:  having no answers about how their five-year-old granddaughter, Evelyn Miller, was killed--and who was responsible.

While they've long suspected their son's friend, Casey Frederiksen, was involved--it's still hard to accept.

"We really didn't want it to be Casey, in our heart of hearts. But the preponderance of evidence would back up the state's belief that he is the person responsible and I think they will prove so in court," said Richard Christie.

Even still, Evelyn's grandparents say Frederiksen deserves a fair trial.  But knowing what he's accused of, they're nowhere near ready to forgive him.

For now, they'll continue clinging to memories of their beloved granddaughter and praying justice is done.

"We have a house full of pictures, pictures on the computer we go through from time to time," Richard Christie said.

"She will be my little prink princess in the sky, always," said Linda Christie.

Also back in July, the Christie's told KWWL they were working to establish a fund in Evelyn's memory for others affected by child homicide.  For now, that's on hold until Casey Frederiksen is put on trial.


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