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Searching for Hope in Dayton

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Addie Olson


Friday marks the fifth day of the search for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. The girl has been missing since police say 42-year-old Michael Klunder abducted her on Monday.

Officials say this far into the search, they're running out of options.

"We're actually running out of places that we think are viable places to search," said Bill Kietzman of the Iowa DCI. "We're searching some areas again that we've already covered."

The DCI says after Friday they'll have covered approximately 225 square miles of ground in and around Dayton.

Hundreds of searchers have come out to help since Monday, and they're staying positive despite the circumstances.

"It takes an unfortunate event so that everybody remembers we need to come together and work together to show our support," said volunteer Molly Rowe.

Volunteers say the overwhelming support they've seen is the silver lining. Only in this case, that lining is purple, which searchers say is Kathlynn's favorite color.

Everyone wore Kathlynn's color today as they set out for a fifth day of searching.

"I grew up here, so this is very emotional for me to see this community coming together to do this," said searcher Jodie Johnson who now resides in Fort Dodge.

Volunteers say they're far from giving up, and the community is sticking together for a reason.

"I think that they want peace for the family," Johnson said. "I guess if it was my child I would hope people would do the same for me."

The DCI said that if they need to, they will be out again searching tomorrow. After that, because they're so limited with places left to search, they'll be taking things day by day.

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