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CHARLES CITY, IA – It’s been nearly eight years since the body of Evelyn Miller was found in the Cedar River, but in the wake of yet another tragedy, Floyd County remembers the loss.
For one Floyd County Deputy, it’s a feeling of loss that he says no one should ever have to experience.
“It was a lot of grief. I would say maybe 10 percent relief and overwhelmingly 90 percent, it was horrible,” said Deputy Brian Tiedemann of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department on the discovery of Evelyn’s body.
Back in 2005, Deputy Tiedemann led the search for Evelyn which ended up being one of the largest missing person’s cases in state history with multiple agencies helping out and more than 1,000 volunteers.
A resource he says they couldn’t be more grateful for.
“To have volunteers step away from their family activities and come out and pour out their heart and soul doing ground searches and searching. it was outstanding. it still amazes me,” said Tiedemann.
Now hearing the heartbreaking news about Kathlynn Shepard, his thoughts are with her loved ones as they cope with the tragic loss.
So although he understands that each case is unique, he believes his attitude has to stay the same when searching for missing persons.
“You’re still fighting the clock. There’s always that chance, there’s always that hope and as a searcher, you don’t want to think about the bad thing. You want to always be positive and say we’re gonna find them, they’re gonna be alive,” said Tiedemann.