ONE YEAR: Kathlynn’s Disappearance Remembered

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It has been one year since police and volunteers started looking 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.

To mark the anniversary, Kathlyn’s parents thanked supporters on Tuesday for their love and support at southeast Webster High School in Burnside.

Shepard and Dezi Hughes disappeared after getting off their school bus in Dayton last May.

Police say Michael Klunder abducted the girls but Hughes managed to escape.

Klunder took his own life after the kidnapping.

Kathlynn’s disappearance sparked a large-scale search with miles of farm fields and wooded areas covered. Eighteen days later, fishermen found her body in the Des Moines River. She died from blunt force trauma to her head.

During today’s gathering, Kathlynn’s sister released purple balloons in her honor. Purple was Kathlynn’s favorite color.

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