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UPDATE: Search Continues for Missing Iowa Girl

Posted at: 05/24/2013 9:31 AM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 10:33 AM

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - Police searching for a missing 15-year-old girl are looking in a new area where investigators believe the man suspected of kidnapping her may have driven.
    
Law enforcement officials and volunteers were looking Friday for Kathlynn Shepard in an area 10 miles north and northwest of the rural Dayton property where Michael Klunder was found dead.
    
Officials say new information leads them to believe Klunder may have driven in that area after he kidnapped Kathlynn and her 12-year-old friend Monday. It's about 30 miles north of where the girls' backpacks were found in rural Boone County, an area that's been searched repeatedly.
    
Police say Klunder committed suicide hours after the 12-year-old escaped. They say Shepard's blood was found on his truck and at a hog confinement where he took the girls.

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DAYTON, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement officials and volunteers are continuing to search for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was kidnapped, even though the chances of finding her alive have diminished.
 
Division of Criminal Investigation agent Bill Kietzman said 10-member teams will search Friday in an expanded area of central Iowa for Kathlynn Shepard.
 
Police say 42-year-old Michael Klunder convinced Kathlynn and a 12-year-old friend to get into his truck while they were walking home from school. They say he took them to a hog confinement building, where their hands were tied with zip ties. The 12-year-old broke free and ran through the woods to safety. Klunder was found dead hours later after hanging himself at another rural property.
 
Authorities announced Thursday they found Kathlynn's blood on Klunder's truck and at the hog building.