UPDATE: Statement from the family of Kathlynn Shepard:
“We would like to thank everybody who took the time from their busy lives to help search for Kathlynn. To see so much love in our community and the surrounding areas is amazing. Thank you for all of your prayers and we hope to have Kathlynn home soon.
“We know that members of the public and media want to talk to us. Please understand, the idea of doing an interview is too overwhelming right now. Until Kathlynn is found, we’ll remain focused on our family and ask that any requests for information or comment be directed to the DCI.”
-From the family of Kathlynn Shepard
WEBSTER COUNTY, IA – Authorities say they have found the backpacks used by two Iowa girls abducted from Webster County. One of them, 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard is stilling missing.
The Division of Criminal Investigation says the backpacks were found east of Pilot Mound and add that this is a significant development in the case.
Kathlynn Shepard was taken along with a 12-year-old Monday afternoon in Dayton. The 12-year-old escaped capture and then alerted authorities.
They say the main suspect in the case 42-year-old Michael Klunder, who grew up in North Iowa, was found dead later that night.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kathlynn Shepard, you are asked to contact authorities.