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Police start digging for 70 bodies after daughter claims her dad is a serial killer

Anish Vij

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Police start digging for 70 bodies after daughter claims her dad is a serial killer

Featured Image Credit: Family handout

Police have started digging for '70 bodies' after a woman testified that her father is a serial killer.

Lucy Studey McKiddy, 53, alleges that her dad, Donald Studey, would regularly force his daughters to throw bodies into the well in Thurman, Fremont County.

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Reports are now suggesting that the FBI, Fremont County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were in the area on Wednesday (7 December) in search for the bodies.

Lucy alerted authorities of her allegations back in 2007 and after police searched the property, it turns out they were looking at the wrong well.

However, fast-forward to November 2022, it seems that cadaver dogs reportedly sniffed out possible human remains at a different well.

The daughter told Newsweek: "I know where the bodies are buried. He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant.

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Police have started digging for '70 bodies'. Credit: Fox News
Police have started digging for '70 bodies'. Credit: Fox News

"Every time I went to the well or into the hills, I didn't think I was coming down. I thought he would kill me because I wouldn't keep my mouth shut."

She claims that her father, who died back in 2013, killed between 50 and 70 women over three decades.

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope also told the publication: "I believe her 100 percent that there's bodies in there."

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It's suspected that Donald Studey allegedly lured sex workers from the Omaha, Nebraska area up to his five acres of farmland, before killing them.

"I really think there's bones there," Aistrope added. "It's hard for me to believe that two dogs would hit in the exact same places and be false. We don't know what it is.

Mr Studey died back in 2013. Credit: Family handout
Mr Studey died back in 2013. Credit: Family handout

"The settlers were up there. There was Indian Country up there as well, but I tend to believe Lucy.

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"Right now, we don't even have a bone. According to the dogs, this is a very large burial site."

Lucy said: "All I want is to get these sites dug up, and to bring closure for people and to give these women a proper burial.

"No one would listen to me.

"The teacher said family matters should be handled as a family, and law enforcement has said they couldn't trust the memory of a child. I was just a kid then, but I remember it all."

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UNILAD has contacted the FBI for comment.

Topics: News, US News, Crime

Anish Vij
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