police plan search amid new details of 2007 murder allegations, report says

police plan search amid new details of 2007 murder allegations, report says
police plan search amid new details of 2007 murder allegations, report says

Iowa police plan to search land for the second time in decades after a woman claims her father was a prolific serial killer who murdered up to 70 women and ordered his children to help them to move the bodies, according to reports.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office will soon search a section of land in Thurman, Iowa, near where Donald Dean Studey and his family lived. The action follows new claims by Studey’s daughter that her father killed 50 to 70 young women before his death in 2013, according to reports by WHO-13 and Newsweek.

Studey’s daughter, Lucy Studey McKiddy, previously told investigators her father’s alleged story “for years”, including in 2007, prompting them to search part of the property, WHO reported. -13.

“[Lucy] told us in 2007, and we walked out and there was only one well on the property that we could see, we didn’t know it was on other people’s property,” the Fremont County Deputy Sheriff Tim Bothwell at the News Channel.

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Exterior of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
(Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

The first excavation cost the county more than $300,000, Bothwell told the station.

Sheriff’s deputies are now planning a second search in light of a new tip that led investigators to search the land behind the Studey property, the report said.

Sheriff’s Office officials also reportedly planned to meet with the FBI and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division this week.

Last week, the Des Moines Register reported some of McKiddy’s conflicting claims about his father.

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According to the report, McKiddy told sheriff’s deputies in 2021 that she “heard stories that there may be as many as 15 bodies” buried near her father’s house, but said she didn’t. only knew five of them personally.

McKiddy’s 2021 statements in documents from a sheriff’s incident report obtained by the news site were different from those she gave to Newsweek.

In the Newsweek article, McKiddy described how his father killed dozens of young women over 30 years and enlisted his children to help bury his victims.

“I know where the bodies are buried,” McKiddy told the site. “He was just telling us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant.”

McKiddy went on to describe how she was always worried “that he would kill me because I wasn’t silent.”

McKiddy’s claims in 2021 were equally chilling, with details of how she saw her father and two others carry a body from the trunk of a vehicle, and her suspicion that her father sexually assaulted and killed a daughter of 15 years old, the register reported. .

McKiddy reportedly told detectives several other stories. She did not respond to multiple requests for comment and confirmation from Fox News Digital.

Additionally, Studey had a history of violence and run-ins with the law, including threats to kill loved ones, according to another incident report obtained by the Registry.

However, Studey’s other daughter, Susan, denied her sister’s claims and dismissed the fact that she was ever ordered to help her father move a body, according to Newsweek.

Susan went on to say that she first heard about these complaints against her father when she spoke to her sister “about a year ago”.

“I’m two years older than Lucy,” Susan told the news site. “I think I would know if my father had murdered. I would know if my father was a serial killer. He wasn’t, and I want my father’s name restored.”

Susan pointed out that her father “wasn’t the man [Lucy] passes him off as such,” according to the report.

View of a deputy sheriff behind a patrol car.
(Stock)

“He was strict, but he was a protective parent who loved his children,” Susan told Newsweek. “Strict dads don’t just turn into serial killers.”

A woman who answered the phone at a number that appeared to belong to Susan hung up when contacted by Fox News Digital on Wednesday afternoon.

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Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment, but confirmed to the Register that his office has investigated the allegations. Newsweek reported last week that two human remains detection K9s made discoveries at locations suggested by McKiddy.

Aistrope told Des Moines Register investigators they don’t yet have any evidence other than a pair of dead dog alerts.

He said the FBI also began investigating more than a year ago, but had “backed off in the past two weeks,” according to the registry.

“I’m not going to let him die. I’m just not going to let that happen,” Aisotrope told the site. He later added, “We have to go with Lucy.”

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“It doesn’t matter if they say it’s not true or say she’s crazy or whatever they say, we have to look into it. We have no other choice.”

A spokesperson for the FBI’s field office in Omaha, Nebraska, would not say whether the agency was involved in the investigation.

And Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Deputy Director Mitch Mortvedt wrote in a prepared statement that the agency is “assisting the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa with this investigation.”

“The investigation is in its infancy with a lot of work to do,” Mortvedt wrote. “There are no new updates, and nothing more will be released at this time.”

Fox News Digital’s Ashley Papa contributed to this report.

Stephanie Pagones is a digital reporter for FOX Business and Fox News. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @steph_pagones.

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