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Floyd Co. Sheriff: 'We never gave up' in Evelyn Miller case

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FLOYD COUNTY (KWWL) - A statue sits in Floyd. It's for Evelyn Miller -- so that people to never forget this five-year-old girl gone too soon.

On Tuesday, justice was served when a jury found Casey Frederiksen guilty of murdering Evelyn back in 2005.

"We never gave up and it was all about her," said Rick Lynch, Floyd County Sheriff. 

It was a verdict Lynch has been waiting for.

"Justice is never a sprint," Lynch said. "Justice is a marathon, and we proved that this was a marathon and we broke that ribbon yesterday. We crossed that finish line and put the person away that was responsible for Evelyn Miller."

For the last 10 years, the deputies in Floyd County had to live with images that are hard to forget -- including the images of Evelyn in the Cedar River. 

"That's when you just close your eyes and go to sleep and that was the picture you went to sleep with was that little girl's body," said Jeff Crooks, Floyd County Chief Deputy. 

Lynch says they felt from day one that Frederiksen was the guy who did this.

"And how he would sneak around and try to listen to us talk," said Lynch. 

Lynch says over the last 10 years, they never gave up on that 5-year-old girl.

"When we had to go into the water and take her out of the river and seeing the damage that he did to her... you know, that's what kept you going," said Lynch. 
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