12 Year-Old Abduction Escapee Tells Her Story

As the search continues for 15 year-old Kathlyn Shepard, the 12 year-old girl who was able to escape from Michael Klunder has come forward. Desi, as she is known to her friends, said in a statement to the Dayton Leader that Klunder pulled over and asked the girls if they wanted to earn money mowing lawns and offered to drive the girls home. Klunder then took the girls to the 3000 block of 400th Street in Pilot Mound, the site of a hog confinement where he worked. There, Desi says her hands were tied and Klunder took Shepard to another location. At about 4:30, Desi escaped the site, taking a gun that Klunder left behind and ran to a nearby house. Her family is helping investigators locate Shepard. Yesterday afternoon, Shepard's family released a statement, thanking all who have helped search for Kathlynn and for the community's support.

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