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Michael Klunder connection to Lyric and Elizabeth being investigated

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Investigators say they're still tracking the actions and whereabouts of a sex offender who killed himself after allegedly abducting two girls in case he may have ties to the abduction and deaths of two Evansdale cousins. Investigators say they're still tracking the actions and whereabouts of a sex offender who killed himself after allegedly abducting two girls in case he may have ties to the abduction and deaths of two Evansdale cousins.
Michael Klunder, now deceased, who allegedly abducted two Dayton girls, may also be connected to the abduction and deaths of two Evansdale girls. Michael Klunder, now deceased, who allegedly abducted two Dayton girls, may also be connected to the abduction and deaths of two Evansdale girls.
Kathlynn Shepard, 15, of Dayton, still missing Kathlynn Shepard, 15, of Dayton, still missing
The last known photo of Kathlynn Shepard, including the outfit she was wearing that day. The last known photo of Kathlynn Shepard, including the outfit she was wearing that day.
EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Investigators say they're still tracking the actions and whereabouts of a sex offender who killed himself after allegedly abducting two girls in case he may have ties to the abduction and deaths of two Evansdale cousins.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release late Friday morning saying they were still following up on all information in the case of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, two Evansdale girls whose bodies were found at Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in December.

That investigation, Chief Deputy Richard Abben said, also involves looking into possible connections with the late Michael Klunder, a registered sex offender who allegedly abducted two girls in Dayton.

One of those girls, a 12-year-old, got away from Klunder to safety. The other girl, Kathlynn Shepard, 15, is still missing. Klunder was later found dead of an apparent suicide.

Investigators aren't jumping to any conclusions, however.

"While Mr. Klunder's actions in Dayton are of interest to this case, our focus remains on all aspects of the investigation and he is not the sole focus of our attention," Abben wrote in the release. "Other leads continue to be uncovered and investigators continue to follow up on any and all information that comes in."

Abben added that the public will be kept up to date "as information becomes available."

The full press release is below:

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EVANSDALE MISSING COUSINS LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE

Investigators with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to follow-up on information obtained in the disappearance and death of Lyric Cook - Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins.

With regards to any connection between Michael Klunder and the Evansdale case, investigators are still tracking his actions and whereabouts around the date of the disappearance and are still sifting through information to try and determine whether there is or is not any connection.

While Mr. Klunder's actions in Dayton are of interest to this case, our focus remains on all aspects of the investigation and he is not the sole focus of our attention. Other leads continue to be uncovered and investigators continue to follow-up on any and all information that comes in.

We will continue to keep the public up to date as information becomes available.

R. D. Abben/Chief Deputy

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