Mother of slain Iowa girl recalls search after 5-year-old went missing during brief testimony

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WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter didn't join search efforts after the girl was discovered missing, her mother testified Thursday.

Noel Mille took the witness stand along with officials involved in investigating the girl's death and others, in the trial of Casey Frederiksen, who is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors allege Frederiksen, 35, sexually abused Evelyn Miller and stabbed her to death while babysitting her in 2005. He was arrested in 2012.

The girl's body was found in the Cedar River five days after she was reported missing.

During Miller's brief testimony, she recalled the search that ensued after she realized her daughter was missing. Miller testified that she arrived home from work on July 1, 2005 and noticed Evelyn wasn't on the love seat where she usually slept. She said she woke Frederiksen to ask where Evelyn was, searched the apartment, knocked on neighbors' doors and finally called 911.

Throughout the search, Miller said Frederiksen didn't join her.

Richard Carter, a Mississippi native, testified about graphic stories Frederiksen would share while the two were incarcerated in 2007 in Pekin, Illinois. Frederiksen had been convicted the year before on a child pornography charge.

Carter said Frederiksen spoke explicitly about molesting and sexually abusing Evelyn, beginning when she was just older than 2 years old and continuing until her disappearance. He described an instance when Frederiksen admitted he lied to the FBI, when Frederiksen allegedly said he would get a life sentence if the FBI knew what he knew. Carter said he was surprised by how freely Frederiksen talked, but later told the defense that prisoners lie to one another frequently.

Randy Van Gent, a former FBI agent, said he interviewed Frederiksen several times while investigating the case, and that the man repeatedly changed his story. He said Frederiksen initially stated that he didn't hear two men knock on his door the night Evelyn went missing, but later told Van Gent he saw a man holding a knife to the girl. Van Gent also said during one interview, Frederiksen referred to Evelyn's sexual assault, which wasn't public information at the time.

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