Shepard Abduction, Hedlund Firing Voted Iowa's Most Publicized News Stories
Two stories with local ties were voted by the Associated Press as the most publicized news stories in Iowa for 2013. The first was the abduction and killing of 15 year-old Kathlynn Shepard. Shepard was abducted in May while she and a friend were walking home from school. In the coming days, searches failed and her abductor was found dead. More than two weeks later, her body was found in the Des Moines River. The second-ranked story revolved around an off-duty state investigator's report of speeding by Governor Terry Branstad's official vehicle. Following the report, DCI officer Larry Hedlund was fired, he sued the state and the public safety director agreed to resign. Problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home ranked as the third top news story.