In the hunt for a suspected serial killer, sinister new leads have surfaced as police look for evidence.
Iowa police are investigating claims by the man’s daughter, who said 70 bodies were buried on farmland.
Lucy Studey McKiddy, 53, has claimed her father, Donald Dean Studey, was a serial killer.
McKiddy claimed that she and her siblings were forced to help their father dump the bodies in a 100ft well after Studey killed them, the Daily Mail reports.
Studey died in March 2013 at the age of 75.
Cops are now investigating McKiddy’s claims.
She also claimed her father was “regularly drunk,” reports the Daily Mail.
Studey allegedly killed the women by kicking their heads in.
Officials have come to the area where the women were said to be buried and will examine the ground for human remains.
McKiddy said she had pushed for an investigation for nearly five decades.
“I hope the authorities are digging in the right places and finding all the bodies,” she said.
Deputy Sheriff Tim Bothwell of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said McKiddy’s claims led to earlier activity.
Part of the property was excavated in 2007.
Meanwhile, McKiddy’s sister, Susan, has denied the claims made.
“I’m two years older than Lucy. I think I would know if my father was murdered,” Susan told Newsweek.
“I would know if my father was a serial killer. He wasn’t, and I want my father’s name restored.
“He was strict, but he was a protective parent who loved his children.
“Strict fathers don’t just become serial killers.”
McKiddy’s credibility was questioned by authorities after she reportedly admitted stealing $16,000 from Studey.
However, Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said, “I’m not going to let it die. I just won’t let that happen.
“We have to go with Lucy. Whether they’re saying it’s not true or saying she’s crazy or whatever else they can say, we need to look at this.
“We have no other choice.”
McKiddy told Newsweek there could be as many as 70 victims.
She claims all of the women were dark-haired and in their 20s or 30s, but noted there was also a 15-year-old runaway.
Police reports revealed that Studey’s two wives both died by suicide.
Studey himself had a violent history and also a record that included jail time in the 1950s for petty theft and a felony offense in 1989 for drunk driving, reports the Daily Mail.
“All I want is to dig up these sites, shut down the people and give these women a proper burial,” McKiddy said.
“My father was a criminal and murderer all his life.”
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