The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says blood found at a location involved with the abduction case of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard has been confirmed as her blood.
Officials held a 4:00 p.m. news conference in Dayton to release more information in the case. Officials say the blood was found at a hog confinement lot in rural Pilot Mound where Shepard and a 12-year-old friend were taken after their abduction Monday afternoon.
Agent Bill Keitzman wouldn’t comment on the amount of blood found at the scene but said some of Kathlynn’s blood was also found on the inside of the tailgate of suspect Michael Klunder’s truck.
Keitzman says the search continues and the priority remains bringing Kathlynn home safely. The search has expanded to areas about 10 miles north and northwest of where Klunder’s body was found at 3319 Taylor Avenue in rural Dayton.
Officials are also asking anyone who may have seen Klunder’s truck between 4:50 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Monday night to come forward. It is a red Toyota Tundra with a silver tool chest in the bed of the truck and had paper license plates taped in the back window.
The DCI also confirmed the details of the abduction as told to them by the 12-year-old victim who was able to escape. She said after Klunder lured them into his truck with an offer of jobs mowing grass, he took them to the hog confinement even though he told them he would take the girls to their parents to ask permission about the job. Klunder took Kathlynn and the girl into an office at the hog confinement and zip-tied their hands. He left the office with Kathlynn and the 12-year-old grabbed a gun Klunder had left in the office and escaped. She ran to a neighboring farmhouse for help.
Officials confirmed the suspect, whose body was found around 8:00 p.m. Monday night at a home in rural Dayton, committed suicide by hanging himself.
More than a hundred law enforcement personel is assisting with the search for Kathlynn and they are being partnered with around 100 volunteers. Officials expect even more people to participate in the search Friday.
The DCI also spoke about the suspect’s wife Lisa, saying she was in no way connected to the abduction.