IA JODI SUE HUISENTRUIT: Missing from Mason City, IA - 27 June 1995 - Age 27

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Jodi Sue Huisentruit
Missing since June 27, 1995 from Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: June 5, 1968
Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"-5'4"; 110-120 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; brown eyes.
Dentals: Available
DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Jodi Huisentruit, an anchor at KIMT television station in Mason City, Iowa, disappeared from outside her apartment as she left for work
at approximately 4:00 on June 27, 1995. Initially a missing person case, Huisentruit's disappearance was soon classified an abduction. When investigators arrived at her apartment complex they found her red Miata convertible in the parking lot. A pair of red women's dress shoes, a blow dryer, bottle of hair spray, car keys and earrings were scattered beside the car. The key was found bent and out of the door lock. Witnesses indicate that they heard screams at 4 o'clock that morning. Investigators are looking for a white mid 1980s Ford Econoline van. Foul play is suspected.

Huisentruit grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota, where she was active in sports, excelling in golf. She earned her bachelors degree in 1990 from St. Cloud State University with a double major in TV Broadcasting and Speech Communication. Huisentruit worked for Northwest Airlines immediately after graduation, followed by a broadcasting position at KGAN-TV Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She then returned to Minnesota for a position at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, before joining KIMT-TV in Mason City.

The Jodi's Hope Fund has been established to help youngsters in Long Prairie, Minnesota — where Jodi Huisentruit grew up — develop their writing and speaking skills. To learn more about the fund and how to contribute, go to www.jodishopefund.com.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Mason City Police Department
Iowa Missing Persons Clearinghouse

NCIC Number: M-844559811
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Iowa Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Find Jodi
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office
Unsolved Mysteries

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Private investigator says Google may face lawsuit in connection with Huisentruit cold case​

A licensed private investigator says a potential suspect in the 1995 abduction and murder of Mason City television anchor Jodi Huisentruit is considering a lawsuit against Google, which currently lists him as the victim’s “killer”.

Investigator Steve Ridge says Arizona resident John Vansice and his wife are exploring how the assertion that Vansice is responsible for the murder became part of a prominent ‘Google Knowledge Graph’ as the first entry in the search engine’s results about the case.

“Vansice has never been indicted, charged or tried for any crime related to Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance," Ridge said.
Yeah people need to watch what they’re saying on the Internet. They can destroy lives this way. Unless police are saying someone is a suspect, all of us need to be careful. It’s not fair to the innocent.


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Yeah people need to watch what they’re saying on the Internet. They can destroy lives this way. Unless police are saying someone is a suspect, all of us need to be careful. It’s not fair to the innocent.
Yep, this is what worries me also in the West case. Both people commenting and the people providing content (not all) seem to be forgetting to at least say they are speculating, imo, or say I "think", etc. Also, things that were speculation is being passed on like "fact". It is the worst I have ever seen.


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26 years after Jodi Huisentruit's disappearance, FindJodi team works to bring awareness
Sunday marked 26 years since the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, the morning news anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City.

People nationwide continue working to bring awareness to Huisentruit’s case, in hopes of getting justice.

People in Mason City and across the globe were asked to leave a light on or light a candle on the anniversary of her disappearance.

It’s part of an effort by the FindJodi team to help remind people Huisentruit is still missing.

People can also use #LightsForJodi and #FindJodi in any social media posts to raise awareness online.

The FindJodi team is also revealing a new billboard in Mason City.


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Investigator claims to have new information in Jodi Huisentruit case​

Thursday, there are claims of new leads in the decades-long search for answers in the Jodi Huisentruit case.

Private investigator Steve Ridge has been looking into the case for years.

He said he's made great progress this week, Hubbard Broadcasting sister station KAAL-TV reported.

"One, I'm identifying and meeting with some new people who saw Jodi socially on the final days before her abduction," Ridge said. "And number two, learning previously unknown details regarding the purchase of her Mazda Miata. So I can tell you the last two days have been extremely productive in terms of unearthing new information."

He wouldn't say anything more, including what exactly the new information is or why it's so productive.

Meanwhile, another billboard went up in Mason City in the hope it'll turn up clues. It includes the message, "Don't sit in silence, the time to talk is now."

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