The families of about 15 missing people have reached out to the woman who claims her father was a serial killer and asked if her loved one could have been one of his buried victims deep in the Green Hollow area of Thurman, Iowa.
“I can’t imagine a family with a missing loved one,” said Studey, 53 news week Friday. “Every time you hear about a body found or a possible murder, you have to ask yourself, ‘Is that my loved one?’ My heart goes out to her.”
She said family members and friends sent her pictures of potential victims and related details of their stories.
“I can’t read them myself anymore without an emotional breakdown,” said Studey, who has told investigators that 50 to 70 people — mostly women — are buried around the family’s property,” he said news week Friday.
She claims her father, Donald Dean Studey, would bring most of his victims home to her trailer from nearby Omaha. Lucy Studey said her father would typically hit or hit the women on the heads and bury most in a deep well on properties in the area, as well as in shallow graves along morel mushroom trails in the country. she said at least two men are also buried on land.
Donald Studey, known around town as a drunk and violent man who frequently lost his money betting, died of heart failure in 2013 at the age of 75, his daughter said news week.
news week were shown some of the missing persons photos and flyers that were sent to Lucy Studey, but the publication is holding back their release as it has not been confirmed they are people investigators are investigating in relation to the case. Also, some of the photos Lucy Studey received didn’t fit the profile of women in their 20s or 30s, which she said her father would target.
To news week first reported Lucy Studey’s claims and the first attempts to locate them stays with trained dogsthe area began to attract many onlookers and the case lit up on social media. Police locked the gates a few weeks ago, trying to block traffic from getting to the hard-to-find locations, where at least three cadaver dogs have signaled the presence of human remains.
Lucy Studey, meanwhile, has opened up about her comments news week, whose reporters visited the site with her and investigators last month. She posted several messages to a private Facebook group dedicated to it discuss the case and to support them.
“I can no longer check voicemails or read emails and social media messages from people asking if their missing family member or friend could be one of the bodies up in the hills… My heart goes out to you and your family.” , she posted on Friday.
The post then describes a profile of the women she says remembers her father luring to her trailer and killing her:
“Missing women from 1970 to 1982, particularly 1976 to 1980,” she wrote, adding that most were from Omaha, Council Bluffs, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City and the surrounding areas, including cities along the Iowa-Nebraska border and north or stretch south of it.
Referring to her father, she wrote, “He was a gas station attendant, mechanic, and tow truck driver at many gas stations and truck stops.” She described a rest stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa that had a Greyhound bus stop, and said he would chase down women, ” with no place to stay or live lonely drunk women in bars. People you wouldn’t miss.”
She said there were exceptions to the profile, including two men – one in his 40s and the other in his 20s, she previously said news week. There was also a 15-year-old girl who Lucy Studey remembers as being a runaway.
“I remember the victims were: Female. White. Late 20s to late 30s. Average height. Average/medium build. No skinny, underweight women. No women with a few extra pounds or overweight hair with red highlights and dirty blonde hair. No, all blondes. Shoulder length (give or take a few inches). Some curls in the hairdo. Plain dressers. Not much makeup or jewelry.”
In an appeal to the families of the missing, she wrote: “If the missing person fits the description above, ONLY send me a picture with their name or a missing person report. I’ll take a look at it. If I can definitely remember the face, I’ll let the authorities know.”
Studey tells news week, “I want everyone to wait until they find bodies and then let the authorities work on identification. It’s too early to try to identify the victims…”
Studey has expressed frustration with law enforcement for failing to act on her claims years ago – she says she’s been telling her story to people like teachers, priests and law enforcement for at least 45 years but was written off with a as a child delusional Spirit. Still, she said she will continue to assist investigators in an investigation now involving the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.
A potential excavation of the site could take place as early as next month, sources have said news week.
She also posted and sent the following to the invite-only Facebook group news week the text of the post:
“I want to set the record straight. My father has been telling people all my life that I ‘had an active imagination’, ‘I was touched in my head’, ‘I hallucinate’, ‘I was a liar’, etc .It’s not true.He said that because I didn’t want to keep my mouth shut.I’ve been trying to tell people about my father since 1973.I was about 4-5 years old.He would hit me and/or my every time Threaten my life if I tell anyone. He told me it’s better if people believe that about me than him having to kill me.”
Once, Studyy said news weekher father – while she was in elementary school –nearly killed her by choking her so hard he lifted her off the ground.
“Living with my father was like being on constant alert,” she said. “If something made him angry, he would take it out on us kids. You didn’t know if he was going to yell at us or hit us, or worse – like when he almost choked me to death when I was second grade. I didn’t think I would live long enough to make it out of Green Hollow.”
Lucy Studey, who has attracted many critics, including siblings and other relatives, on Facebook and other news outlets, asked the family to come forward. She said she remembers all of it because of the trauma she suffered, including being dumped with lye and dirt in areas where she claims bodies are buried.
“Whenever something would happen,” she said news week“I would say to myself, ‘remember, remember, remember.'” She said, “I would dig my fingers into my arms — and I was trying to force myself to remember every detail.”
In posts, she also attempts to dispel “misinformation” circulating, including that a $300,000 dig was conducted in 2007 after she came forward at the time that the family owned a funeral home that catered to cremation of the victims’ bodies, that Donald Studey was a pathologist and that she was a lesbian because of her short hair. She said much of the “information” on social media, including alleged previous digs on the site, is nonsense. Investigators have confirmed this news week that she is right.
In addition to her brother, who died at 39, and two sisters, her father had six more children “that we know of” through girlfriends or marriage, she posted.
One of the women interviewed by news week, said Donald Studey, who tried to run over her when they were dating when they were teenagers. The woman, who was pregnant with his sonShe was rescued by a neighbor, she said. But later in life, the woman said, he would stalk her when she was cleaning houses, and on one occasion she stopped her in a car with the son and threatened to shoot her.
“I could have been the first in this whole mess,” the woman said news week.
Many of the women in Donald Studey’s life died under questionable circumstances, including two alleged suicides: Lucy Studey’s mother and stepmother.
In the private group, Lucy Studey asks her sisters, Susan and Linda, to get in touch. Susan has denied and told Lucy’s claims news week that her sister’s “stories” about her father were the fantasies of a woman gone mad. Linda did not reply to messages from news week.
“As my two sisters read this,” Lucy Studey wrote, “I want you to remember us from 1988 to your earliest memories. Were daddy’s lies about me true? Do you remember any incidents? No you don’t. You only repeat those things about me because our father told us and everyone else over and over again throughout our childhood.”
Lucy Studies too stressed in the statement she shared news week: “I’m not looking for attention or 15 minutes of fame… I don’t want the focus to be on me. I want the focus to remain on the investigation, the well, and the tombs. I want to keep the pressure up The authorities need to investigate until they actually dig. I want the victims dug up, identified, and given a proper burial.
“I am absolutely not looking for redress or to make a ‘quick buck’ on my allegations or the story of my life. I have rejected all offers of compensation from the media. I never have and never will earn a dime from it. In fact, I’ve actually spent thousands of dollars of my own money over the decades to prove my allegations against my father…
“I’ve spent decades trying to do the morally right thing. I tried to get justice for the victims while my father was alive. Now that he’s dead, all I can do is try to find closure for everyone affected by my father’s crimes.”