Authorities released new details yesterday afternoon in the case of the abduction of two Dayton girls. DCI Special Agent Bill Kietzman confirmed that Michael Klunder, the man suspected of abducting 15 year-old Kathlynn Shepard and another 12 year-old girl, committed suicide. More than 120 law enforcement officers and over 200 emergency responders and volunteers continue their search for Shepard. Kietzman said while time is not on their side in the search for 15 year-old Kathlynn, optimism remains high:
Authorities continue to search areas within 20 miles of Dayton based on four different locations; the intersection of 1st Ave North and 1st Street NW, where the abductions occurred; 3023 400th Street in Pilot Mound, where the 12 year-old girl escaped; 339 Taylor Avenue in Dayton, where Klunder was found dead; and 924 Byron Street in Stratford, which is Klunder's residence. The FBI is posting Shepard's photograph on billboards state-wide. Additional search volunteers are not needed at this time. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact the Webster County Law Enforcement Center.