Daughter Lucy claims father a serial killer; probation police

  • The daughter of the late Donald Dean Studey says her father killed and buried as many as 70 bodies on the rural tract where he lived.
  • Cadaver dogs on Oct. 21 indicated the possible presence of remains at the site, officials said.
  • Authorities are investigating for further evidence: “We’ve got to have more proof.”

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sheriff’s deputies and state officials are investigating an Iowa woman’s claim her late father was one of America’s most prolific serial killers.

According to his daughter, Donald Dean Studey murdered “five or six” women a year over several decades and buried them in and around an abandoned well on his property near Thurman, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told the Des Moines Register, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Thurman, population 167 as of the last US Census, is a small city near the Iowa-Nebraska state line. Studey’s property is about 40 miles from Omaha, Nebraska, officials said.

On Oct. 21, two cadaver dogs took to the site had “hits” indicating the possible existence of decomposing remains in the area of ​​the well, Aistrope said Monday.