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Hunt for missing Iowa girl continues, suspect found dead

May 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

DAYTON, Iowa, May 21 (UPI) -- A registered sex offender suspected in the abduction of two girls as they left a school bus in Dayton, Iowa, was found dead, officials said.

Kathlynn Shepard, 15, and an unidentified second girl, 12, were taken to an agricultural building southwest of the town after they stepped off a school bus Monday afternoon. The younger girl escaped by running to a nearby home, The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday.

The newspaper added the younger girl was treated for unreported injuries and released.

As a massive community search for Shepard continued, a suspect, Michael Klunder, 42, was found dead in a home on a rural property northeast of Dayton, officials said.

Klunder's name is listed in the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, which mentions he has no residency restrictions.

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