Missing teen’s father asks for Grassley’s help

The father of missing Dayton teenager Kathlynn Shepard asked U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday to work for tough mandatory sentences for those accused of certain violent crimes.

“Nobody else should have to suffer what we went through,” Mike Shepard told the senator during a town hall meeting. “If you could help with that, we’d be eternally grateful.”

Kathlynn Shepard, 15, was abducted May 20 and remains missing. Michael Klunder, the man authorities say abducted her and another girl who later escaped, committed suicide that day. Klunder was convicted of third-degree kidnapping in 1992 and was sentenced to 41 years in prison, but was released in 2011.

Grassley said he’s in favor of mandatory sentences. But he added that Congress can only pass laws regarding federal crimes. Klunder was charged with state crimes.