Report: Woman Claims Her Father Killed Dozens of People, Forcing her to Cover Bodies


An Iowa woman has made continued claims about her late father being a serial killer, ultimately leading to an investigation, according to a published report.

Lucy Studey continues to ring the alarm about her father’s alleged crimes, with one of the earlier instances happening in 2007, according to a published report.

Studey contacted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, saying her father, Donald Dean Studey – who died in 2013 at 75 – was a serial killer who buried the remains of dozens of women on his property, According to WHO-TV local outlet.

She says that her father was responsible for the death of up to 70 women, most of whom were sex workers, and that she was forced to help hide the bodies, According to KETV.

“I know where the bodies are buried,” she told Newsweek, sharing how she allegedly used a wheelbarrow in the warmer months and a toboggan in winter to help their father transport bodies.

“He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant,”Lucy spoke 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.”

“We have heard about this for years,”WHO-TV was told by Deputy Sheriff Tim Bothwell that he was referring to claims made by the deceased Iowa resident.

According to Newsweek, WHO-TV and Newsweek, the authorities claimed they had already followed the tip. The two cadaver dog snared the scent of human remains at four locations, including a 90-foot-long well.

“She [Lucy] told us in 2007 and we went out and there was only one well on the property that we could see, we didn’t realize that it was on other people’s property,”Bothwell spoke to the outlet. 

Despite these longstanding claims, Studey’s older sister, Susan Studey, refutes them, according to Newsweek.

“My father was not the man she makes him out to be. He was strict, but he was a protective parent who loved his children,”Susan told the outlet.

“Strict fathers don’t just turn into serial killers … I’m two years older than Lucy. I think I would know if my father murdered.”

According to the Des Moines Register Lucy reportedly alerted authorities of her father’s alleged crimes again in 2021.

Studey told them that her dad would hunt for his alleged victims some 40 miles away in the Omaha, Nebraska, area, and murder “five or six”According to the outlet, women are affected by this every year. 

According to KETV the sheriff stated that his office did not have any problems with Donald Studey during his lifetime. Fremont County also has no reports of missing persons in the area and no one has come forward with any questions.

According to reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (IA Division of Criminal Investigation) will work together with Fremont County authorities to determine how to proceed with the investigation.

“We are actively investigating this, and who wouldn’t?”Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope spoke to KETV.

“We have a scene, but we don’t know whether it’s a crime scene,”The sheriff told the outlet. “We don’t have victims, bodies. Nothing.”

WETV reports that authorities have said that digging on the site is not an option due to the possibility of losing $300,000.

“And with a county with a $1.8 million law enforcement budget, that would just devastate our budget,”Bothwell told the outlet.

Other options for further investigating the site could include core drilling, other ground testing, or more cadaver dogs, according to the outlet. 

According to KETV, federal, state and local agencies are involved in the investigation. This includes the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), as well as the FBI.

“They’d asked us to assist with the investigation as well as the FBI and we’re happy to do so, you know, and try to provide manpower and resources,”KETV was told by Mitch Mortvedt (assistant director, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation).

Mortvedt explained to the outlet, that because the suspect was killed in 2013, law enforcement agencies would take the necessary time to investigate.

CNNThe investigation is ongoing. “infancy,” — the authorities did not give a timeline but told the outlet it would be “months in the making.” 

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