(Radio Iowa News) – Dezirea Hughes, a seventh-grader from Dayton has identified herself as the girl who escaped an abduction attempt Monday afternoon in which her friend Kathlynn Shepard was taken.
Shepard is still missing, and search crews continue to look for her in the surrounding area.
Hughes says 42-year-old Michael Klunder got them into his pickup truck Monday soon after they got off the school bus.
Hughes is unharmed other than some scratches on her arms and legs. She doesn’t believe what she did was anything special.
Klunder was found dead at another location and investigators say he took his own life. The search for Kathlynn Shepard continues, and officials say they will give an update with new information today 4 p.m.