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Iowa residents saddened body could be missing girl

June 8, 2013 • National News


T shirts and ribbons are on sale at the Dayton, Iowa, grocery store to show support for Kathlynn Shepard, Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Boone, Iowa. Residents of a small central Iowa city say they’re saddened at the discovery of a body in a river believed to be that of Kathylnn Shepard, a 15-year-old girl who was abducted more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Mary Chind) NO SALES

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — Members of a small central Iowa city and its surrounding communities expressed sadness and said they felt “robbed of some innocence” on Saturday following the discovery of a body in a river believed to be that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted more than two weeks ago.

Along streets and businesses in Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines, purple ribbons were neatly tied on trees, blooming flower pots and utility poles. One large sign near a grocery store on the city’s main street read, “PRAY FOR KATHLYNN.”

It all signified hope for finding Kathlynn Shepard alive.

But investigators are confident that the body a fisherman found Friday night in the Des Moines River under a Login to read more

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