MISSING KATHLYNN: Search Refocused

Posted on: 8:41 pm, May 25, 2013, by , updated on: 11:00pm, May 25, 2013

Day six of the search for 15-year old Kathlynn Shepard continued Saturday in Dayton.

For days, hundreds of volunteers have poured into Dayton to help in the search efforts but now those efforts are being refocused.

This weekend things started to quiet down. The search efforts are now being scaled down to include only law enforcement personnel.

“We want to concentrate on a few areas and the terrain is very, very rough, the weather is not good obviously and hasn’t been this morning so we have law enforcement personnel out there going through those areas,” said Webster County sheriff, James Stubbs.

Authorities are searching the hog confinement once more where the girls were taken as well as the area where their backpacks were found.

Hundreds of law enforcement personnel have poured into Dayton to help, many volunteering their time free of charge.

“It’s very encouraging,” added Stubbs. “It just shows the tightness of the law enforcement community and the community as a whole because of the volunteers we’ve had.”

Volunteers in neighboring town Harcourt met to make hundreds of ribbons for people to wear to show their support for the missing teen.

kathlynn ribbon“The ribbons are going to all the local businesses in the area towns and we take them in batches of 200 to keep there and they go out free to whoever would like one to wear,” explained Angie Lambert.

So far nearly 4,500 ribbons have been made, helping spread Kathlynn’s favorite color around town to keep everyone’s spirits up.

“It just renews your faith in the public and the people and our community and humanity as a whole,” says Sheriff Stubbs.

The Dayton community is coming together once again Sunday morning.

The Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club is holding a breakfast to raise money for the Shepard family from 8 a.m. until noon at the Dayton Community Center.

All the food has been donated. The breakfast is free while further donations are encouraged with 100-percent of the funds going to Kathlynn’s family.