MISSING KATHLYNN: Ground Searches Exhausted


Authorities have decided to end ground searches for a missing 15-year-old Dayton girl.

Police say Kathlynn Shepard and a 12-year-old girl were abducted by Michael Klunder last week. The 12-year-old was able to escape and get help. Klunder later took his own life, but Kathlynn has not been seen since.

Investigators announced late Wednesday, 10 days after the search began, they have exhausted ground search efforts and will no longer perform them. The Department of Public Safety says more than 250 square miles have been searched in three counties.

DPS says river searches will resume once flooding subsides and the river is deemed safe.

Investigators say they have not given up hope that Kathlynn will be found and they will continue to follow up on all leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call 515-573-1410.

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