Kidnapper kills self after one of two kidnapped girls escapes; search continues for second victim

Girls were abducted walking home from school

DES MOINES, Iowa - Investigators searching for a 15-year-old Iowa girl who was abducted this week have recovered her backpack along with one belonging to a 12-year-old who escaped from the kidnapper.
 
The Iowa Department of Public Safety said a search team of police and dogs found the backpacks Tuesday afternoon.
 
Kathlynn Shepard and the 12-year-old girl were abducted Monday by 42-year-old Michael Klunder while walking home from school in Dayton. The backpacks were found in a rural area, several miles south of a hog confinement where the girls were taken.
 
Police say Klunder was found dead of self-inflicted injuries hours after the 12-year-old escaped. Police are searching for Kathlynn around Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.
 
Investigators also released an image of Kathlynn exiting a school bus, shortly before her abduction.

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