Cops to dig up land after daughter claims dad killed 70 and made her bury bodies

Police will dig up land near a family home following a woman's shock claims that her dad had murdered as many as 70 women at their farm in Iowa.

Lucy Studey told Newsweek that her father, Donald Dean Studey, had committed tens of murders over a period of several decades and even made her and her siblings hide the bodies down a nearby well.

Lucy told the news outlet: "He would just tell us we had to go to the well, and I knew what that meant.

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"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."

Lucy claims the murders took place throughout the year and that she and her siblings used a wheelbarrow to transport the bodies in the warmer months, replacing it with a toboggan in the wintertime.

The bodies are thought to have belonged to women in the local area, many of them sex workers.

Local news station WHO-TV revealed following the bombshell interview that police would be conducting a full excavation of the area around the property.

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Already, Fremont County Sheriff's Office's cadaver dogs have detected the scent of human remains in four locations, including at a 90-foot well.

This isn't the first time an excavation has taken place at the house – in 2007, a $300,000 dig turned up no results.

However, this new investigation will turn up new ground that police hadn't previously covered.

Deputy Sheriff Tim Bothwell said Lucy had first approached authorities 15 years ago, prompting the initial search.

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He said: "[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 realise that it was on other people's property."

Despite the renewed search, Donald Studey will never be brought to justice if Lucy's claims turn out to be true as he died in March 2013, aged 75.

Lucy's shock claims have been denied by her older sister Susan Studey, who said: "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.

"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."

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