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Autopsy set for body believed to be missing Iowa girl

This photo provided by The Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Kathlynn Shepard, 15. Authorities said Tuesday, May 21, 2013, a man suspected of abducting Shepard and a 12-year-old girl from a bus stop in central Iowa has been found dead, but a search continues for Shepard.

This photo provided by The Iowa Department of Public Safety shows Kathlynn Shepard, 15. Authorities said Tuesday, May 21, 2013, a man suspected of abducting Shepard and a 12-year-old girl from a bus stop in central Iowa has been found dead, but a search continues for Shepard.  (AP)

Authorities plan to conduct an autopsy on a body believed to be that of a 15-year-old Iowa girl who has been missing since she and another girl were abducted more than two weeks ago.

Authorities say they're confident that the body a fisherman found Friday night in the Des Moines River near Boone is Kathlynn Shepard's. They scheduled the autopsy for Saturday.

Investigators say clothes on the body matched what Kathlynn was wearing when she and a 12-year-old girl were abducted in Dayton, a town about 20 miles north of Boone. They also found zip ties that matched those used to restrain the younger girl, who managed to escape and call 911.

Authorities believe registered sex offender Michael Klunder abducted the girls and committed suicide after the younger girl's escape.