UPDATE: State confirms body found Kathlynn Shepard

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner with the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation have confirmed the identification of the body discovered in Boone County on Friday as that of Kathlynn Shepard.

Following an autopsy on Saturday, Dr. Julia Goodin, Chief State Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be multiple sharp and blunt forced injuries. The manner of death will be certified as homicide.