River search for Shepard to resume

DAYTON (AP) – Authorities plan to resume their search by river for a teenager in central Iowa abducted last month.

Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said the state Department of Natural Resources will deploy boats on the Des Moines River this week to search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.

The search will include new and old areas in the investigation.

Authorities halted their search for Kathlynn last week, which included more than 250 square miles in the Dayton area. Flooding also affected their efforts.

Police suspect Michael Klunder abducted Kathlynn and her 12-year-old friend on May 20 in Dayton. The younger girl was able to escape. Klunder was later found dead. Some of Kathlynn’s blood has been found, dampening hopes of finding her alive.