Iowa law enforcement authorities enlisted the aid of cadaver-sniffing dogs after a woman claimed that her father was a “serial killer” who buried “scores of young women” with her help and the help of her siblings when they were only children!
Lucy Studey says she spent 45 years trying to convince anyone who would listen that her father, Donald Dean Studey, had murdered numerous young women and buried them with the help of his children, but no one would believe her.
Now, local news stations are reporting that cadaver dogs have pinpointed suspected human remains at the spots Studey identified in a remote field in western Iowa.
If her story is confirmed by further investigation, it would mean her father was one of the most prolific serial killers in US history.
According to Studey, her father killed as many as 70 or more women over a span of three decades. He reportedly died in March 2013 at the age of 75. “I know where the bodies are buried,” she told Newsweek, whose reporters were at the scene of the investigation in the remote stretch outside Thurman, Iowa.
Studey recalled how her father would direct her and her siblings to help him as he transported bodies. She said he would use a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in winter. “He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant,” Studey remembered, according to the outlet.
“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.” After dumping the bodies into the well, the siblings would pile dirt and lye on top to prevent odor, she said.
Dogs Confirm Presence of Bodies
Studey was joined at the scene by Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope, who was accompanied by two deputies, a dog handler, and his two dogs. “I believe her 100 percent that there’s bodies in there,” Aistrope told Newsweek. Cadaver dogs deployed at the scene signaled likely human remains by barking or by sitting still where remains were potentially located.
Authorities suspect Donald lured women to his five acres of forested hills and farmland before ultimately killing them. Most of his alleged victims were sex workers, or transients picked up in nearby Omaha, Nebraska.
Studey said her father ensured his children knew what he was doing and forced them to help with the burials. She remembered him saying about one victim, “The bitch deserved it.”
Lucy, who now lives under her married name that was withheld by those reporting on these newest developments, said all of the victims were white, and most of them had darkish hair. She also guessed that most were in their 20s over 30s, except for a 15-year-old runaway.
Lucy says she tried for decades to get someone to believe her about the horrific crimes of her father, but no one would listen.
“No one would listen to me,” Studey said. “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.”
The sheriff told Newsweek that Studey was being treated as a witness and was not a suspect in any crime.
For her part, Lucy is just happy that she is finally being heard, which may help her to deal with the trauma her father inflicted on her as a child, and she hopes the new investigation will also bring some comfort and closure for his victims and their families.
“All I want is to get these sites dug up, and to bring closure for people and to give these women a proper burial,”
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