String of tragedies affect small Iowa town

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — The small town of Dayton has endured a string of recent tragedies with four sudden deaths in the area in the past two months.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) many Dayton residents are feeling uneasy.

The trouble began on May 20 when two young girls were abducted. The younger of the two girls, 12-year-old Dezi Hughes, escaped, but 42-year-old suspect Michael Klunder committed suicide. And 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard’s body was found later.

Last Tuesday, 30-year-old Brandon Mullen died in a grain bin six miles west of Dayton.

And the body of 22-year-old Steven Fisher was found in a roadside ditch about 15 miles north of Dayton on Wednesday.

Dayton native Amy Steck imposed strict new rules on her children after the abduction. She says it’s scary for parents.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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