(BOONE, Iowa) — A body pulled from the Des Moines River on Friday evening is likely that of missing 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.
Shepard was abducted in May by Michael Klunder, a convicted sex offender who later committed suicide. Asked why Klunder was free, Gerard Meyers of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said, “That’s a fair question, and I think it’s being asked here in Iowa. It’s probably going to be asked nationally and it’s definitely going to get some attention.”
Authorities received a call at about 7 p.m. from people fishing, saying that they had found a body in the river under the Kate Shelley High Bridge. According to the Des Moines Register, the body was found wearing clothing that was consistent with what Shepard was reportedly wearing at the time of her abduction.
Authorities also told the Des Moines Register that zip ties were found on the body.
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