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Iowa authorities find no evidence to support claims of a serial killer


After excavating at a site for three days, Iowa authorities found no evidence to support claims that there was a serial killer in Fremont County.In October, a woman claimed that, as a child, her father forced her to help dispose of bodies on land he owned west of Tabor, Iowa.In an article posted on Newsweek.com, the woman suggested there may be as many as 70 bodies at the bottom of a 100-foot well: All of them people killed by her father, Donald Dean Studey, over the course of three decades.The Iowa Department of Public Safety said that state, local and federal law enforcement investigated a site “identified by a reporting party” in the county.”Authorities brought in an array of experts representing several disciplines and significant assets to excavate, collect and examine soil samples from a site identified by a reporting party. After exhaustive efforts, no evidence or other items of concern were recovered,” the department said in a statement.In October, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told KETV NewsWatch 7 that once the location of the well was finally determined, Fremont County brought in cadaver dogs. Both dogs reacted to something in the area. The well itself no longer exists; It was filled in some time ago.The sheriff noted cadaver dogs are “just a tool” and not a definitive sign of evidence being present.Aistrope said the woman came forward about a year ago and told Fremont County investigators a story about bodies in a well.Donald Studey died in 2013. In the Newsweek article, his daughter said her father killed mostly women in their 20’s who were sex workers in Omaha.

After excavating at a site for three days, Iowa authorities found no evidence to support claims that there was a serial killer in Fremont County.

In October, a woman claimed that, as a child, her father forced her to help dispose of bodies on land he owned west of Tabor, Iowa.

In an article posted on Newsweek.com, the woman suggested there may be as many as 70 bodies at the bottom of a 100-foot well: All of them people killed by her father, Donald Dean Studey, over the course of three decades.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said that state, local and federal law enforcement investigated a site “identified by a reporting party” in the county.

“Authorities brought in an array of experts representing several disciplines and significant assets to excavate, collect and examine soil samples from a site identified by a reporting party. After exhaustive efforts, no evidence or other items of concern were recovered,” the department said in a statement.

In October, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told KETV NewsWatch 7 that once the location of the well was finally determined, Fremont County brought in cadaver dogs. Both dogs reacted to something in the area. The well itself no longer exists; It was filled in some time ago.

The sheriff noted cadaver dogs are “just a tool” and not a definitive sign of evidence being present.

Aistrope said the woman came forward about a year ago and told Fremont County investigators a story about bodies in a well.

Donald Studey died in 2013. In the Newsweek article, his daughter said her father killed mostly women in their 20’s who were sex workers in Omaha.