Investigation Continues To Determine If Iowa Kidnappings Related

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Authorities are still investigating whether there's any connection between a sex offender who committed suicide and the disappearance last year of two slain Evansdale, Iowa cousins.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department says investigators are still tracking the actions and whereabouts of Michael Klunder around the time that Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey went missing. Elizabeth was 8 and Lyric was 10 when they rode their bikes in July and disappeared. Their bodies were discovered in December.


Kathlynn Shepard

Authorities add that Klunder isn't their sole focus and they continue to follow up on other leads.

Police say Klunder kidnapped 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard and 12-year-old Dezi Hughes on May 20th in Dayton. Hughes escaped and Klunder later hanged himself. Kathlynn remains missing.