“We have no indications of any co-conspirators,” he said.
Meyers has said a positive identification would be “the final trigger for not only the family but the community, our investigative personnel, our partner agencies ... to move into that next phase, which is really the closure phase of this very unfortunate circumstance.”
Hundreds of officers and volunteers had searched for Kathlynn, but hopes of finding her alive were dampened when testing confirmed that blood found on Klunder’s truck and at the hog building was Kathlynn’s.
“We were robbed of some innocence in this whole thing,” said Webster County Sheriff James Stubbs after the body was discovered. “We’ll never quite be the same. Hopefully time will heal some of those wounds, but the awareness is a lot higher than it was before.”
Klunder had been released from prison in 2011, after serving 20 years for convictions in two separate Iowa kidnappings that occurred on back-to-back days in December 1991.
Police also are investigating whether Klunder is responsible for kidnapping and slaying two young cousins who vanished while riding bikes in Evansdale, about 90 miles from Dayton. The bodies of the girls, who were ages 10 and 8 when they vanished, were found in December in a wooded area in Bremer County, where Klunder once lived in a home for emotionally troubled youth.