Dogs to Help Search


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KIMT News 3 – As the search for 15-year-old Kathylnn Shepard continues, more Police K9 units are being called in to help in the search.

Search dogs have played vital roles in helping law enforcement find missing persons in the past and officers say they continue to be an efficient tool in the field.

Although one officer says it’s all about teamwork if they want to bring someone back home.

“They would give us the criteria of what they needed us as far as to keep people out of an area, let their dogs work at first and so forth. So there is a lot of collaboration, you have to work with the dogs and their handlers,” said Deputy Brian Tiedemann of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Tiedemann was involved in the search of one area child back in 2005 and says the dogs played an important role in bringing some closure to the case.

Investigators are trying to re-trace Michael Klunder’s steps from July, when 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were abducted.

Their bodies were found in December.

Police say Klunder committed suicide last week after he kidnapped two girls who were walking home from school in Dayton, 90 miles west of Evansdale.

A 12-year-old girl escaped but 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard remains missing.

Authorities are getting subpoenas for Klunder’s phone records and seeking other information.

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