Officials say the fiancee who was babysitting a five-year-old north central Iowa girl who went missing early Friday has passed a lie detector test. Evelyn Miller of Floyd (shown in picture above) was sleeping on the couch when her mother left work Thursday evening for her overnight job. When her mother returned Friday morning, the home’s door was ajar and the girl was gone. Volunteers resumed their search of the area this morning at 7:30. Yesterday, authorities searched a home in nearby Charles City. It is the home of two men who were the last to see Evelyn in -her- home.
Brandi Hoffmann, Evelyn’s aunt, is a spokeswoman for Evelyn’s family.
“We’ve talked to people on the law enforcement side, but they haven’t given us a whole lot of details,” Hoffmann says. Evelyn is a typical five-year-old girl who loves to play with dolls, according to her aunt.
“For Christmas and her birthdays…I usually get her Barbie dolls, I’m partial to them as well, but she loves Barbies,” Hoffmann says. “She loves ‘My Little Pony.’ Actually, my ‘My Little Pony’ set from when I was a kid I handed off to her a couple (of) years ago.” “She also likes to play dress-up. She was a flower girl in our wedding last year and apparently she really liked it. She puts on her flower girl dress from our wedding and plays in it every day.”
Yesterday, more than two-hundred volunteers searched for Evelyn, and Hoffmann says today’s volunteers are covering new ground. “They’re doing a fabulous job conducting the search. They have national experts in here helping with the search and we appreciate that,” Hoffmann says. “We appreciate everything that they’re doing.” Randy Patrie and Dan Slick of Charles City were the last people to see Evelyn at the family’s apartment in Floyd. It was their home in Charles City that was searched yesterday.
Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch will not disclose anything that was discovered in the search and is tight-lipped about the investigation. “Nobody’s in custody on this case,” he says. Lynch says there’s always been to operations going on, a search and rescue and a law enforcement investigation. One of the two men — Randy Patrie — served time in prison on a drug charge in the mid-90s. He was also sentenced to five years in prison in 2003 for burglary.