Fate of missing cousins resonates with Evelyn Miller's family - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Fate of missing cousins resonates with Evelyn Miller's family

Posted:
EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa family knows how greatly community support is needed to cope with the loss of a child.  Linda and Richard Christie of Waterloo are the grandparents of five-year-old Evelyn Miller.  Miller was kidnapped and murdered in Floyd county seven years ago.

The missing cousins case has really resonated with Miller's family.  Following the seven year anniversary of Evelyn's disappearance, her grandmother Linda told KWWL it was heart-wrenching to see two other families have their little girls abducted.  Now, to learn the fate of Lyric and Elizabeth, she can only pray and share her story, in hopes it helps the Collins and Cook-Morrissey families heal.

Linda Christie remembers exactly how she felt seven years ago when she learned her five-year-old granddaughter was dead.

"I just screamed.  I said, 'God, no, please!'" Christie said.

Christie knows those same gut-wrenching emotions are now being experienced by the families of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins.

"You know, you have that hope, and now that hope is gone.  And I know that's how they, the Morrissey's and the Collins' feel.  Hope is gone.  There's closure, but that hope is gone," said Christie.

After learning the fate of the missing cousins, Christie wanted to visit Evansdale.  She hung the first ornaments on a second Christmas tree displayed at a local home in honor of the two girls.  Christie says their families have to hold tight to the two values that have guided them through the past several months -- first, their faith.

"May the grace of God be with you as you go through this time," she said.

While also continuing to hope, but now that hope is believing someone will be held responsible for the cousins' deaths.  Christie has that confidence because after seven years without answers in her granddaughter's death -- a suspect was charged for her abduction and murder this fall.

"It may take them a while, but you know they take their time and are very diligent with murder investigations, especially of children," Christie said.

The suspect in Evelyn Miller's case, Casey Frederiksen, was recently arraigned and is awaiting trial.  Linda Christie believes justice will be done for her granddaughter, and holds out the same hope in the missing cousins case

The Christie family continues to work toward establishing the Evelyn Miller memorial fund, to help other families affected by child homicide.

 

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:03:38 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...More >>
    Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...More >>
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:35:26 GMT
    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.More >>
    Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he...More >>
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:35:16 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >>
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.