UPDATE: Search for missing girl continues

DAYTON – Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies continued their search for a 15-year-old girl who was reported abducted from a bus stop in Dayton.

Kathlynn Shepard, 15, has been missing since shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

At a press conference Monday evening, Lt. Robert Hansen, of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said law enforcement’s top priority is finding Shepard.

“We will follow any leads we get as all in law enforcement are doing,” he said. “We’ll try to provide as much information as we can, and the public is helping us with that.”

Shepard and a 12-year-old girl were abducted from a bus stop in Dayton shortly before 4 p.m.

Hansen said the 12-year-old, who was not identified by law enforcement, was able to escape and contact police.

“There was a vehicle description in this case,” Hansen said. “We have located that vehicle, and we have also located the person associated with that vehicle.”

Hansen didn’t identify the person who owned the vehicle, and also would not say whether the person was alive or not.

He did, however, say police are not looking for any other vehicles, and an AMBER Alert will not be issued.

“Our focus right now is on finding Kathlynn Shepard,” Hansen said.

The Dayton Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have all been involved in the search.

Shepard is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5’6″ and 160 lbs. Hansen said she was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a Minnesota Vikings hat. He added that she also wears braces.

Anybody with information on Shepard’s disappearance is asked to contact the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at 573-2323.