UPDATE: Klunder autopsy to be completed today

DAYTON – Family members of a missing Dayton girl thanked everyone involved in the search effort Wednesday.

During a briefing Wednesday afternoon, Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Stringer read a statement from the family of Kathlynn Shepard, in which they requested continued respect for their privacy.

Special Agent Bill Kietzman of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said that investigators have information as to why Shepard and an as-yet unidentified 12-year-old might have gotten into the truck of Michael Klunder Monday afternoon.

Kietzman said that information will be divulged at a later time.

Klunder, 42, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday.

An autopsy on Klunder will be completed today, Kietzman said.

According to Kietzman, the site from which the 12-year-old escaped – 3023 400th St. in rural Pilot Mound – and the site where Klunder was found dead – 3319 Taylor Ave. in rural Dayton – were hog confinements at which Klunder was employed.