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Kathlynn Shepard Update: Investigators regroup in search for missing Iowa teen

Kathlynn Shepard
AP Photo/Iowa Department of Public Safety
Kathlynn Shepard
AP Photo/Iowa Department of Public Safety

(CBS/AP) IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa police chief says investigators searching for Kathlynn Shepard, a 15-year-old girl, are focusing on the movements of the man suspected of kidnapping her and a friend in the hours after they were taken last week.

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Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said investigators from several agencies met Tuesday to compare notes on the search for Kathlynn and to discuss how to proceed. He says searchers are planning to recheck some areas that have already been searched, and are also going out to new areas in the region.

Dunbar says analysts are trying to "come up with a definitive path" traveled by Michael Klunder, who authorities say committed suicide hours after kidnapping Kathlynn and a 12-year-old friend. The 12-year-old escaped at a hog confinement where the girls were taken.

Last week, authorities found Kathlynn's blood on Klunder's truck and at the hog confinement site, so the hopes of finding the girl alive have been diminished, investigators have said.

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