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Search continues for kidnapped Iowa girl, 15

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:29 a.m. CST

DAYTON (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.