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Police recover backpacks of 2 kidnapped Iowa girls

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Investigators have recovered the backpacks of the two Iowa girls who were kidnapped Monday while they continue to search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said a search team of police and dogs found the backpacks belonging to Kathlynn and a 12-year-old girl, who were abducted by 42-year-old Michael Klunder while walking home from school in Dayton. The backpacks were found Tuesday afternoon in a rural area, several miles south of a hog confinement where the girls were taken.

Police say the 12-year-old escaped and Klunder was found dead of self-inflicted injuries hours later. Police continue to search for Kathlynn around Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines.

Investigators also released an image of Kathlynn exiting a school bus, shortly before she was abducted.

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