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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’20/20′ to feature Jodi Huisentruit case; Minnesota native apparently abducted in 1995​

The TV show “20/20” on Friday will feature the 1995 disappearance of Mason City, Iowa, television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit.

A news release from ABC says the show features Mason City Police Department investigator Terrance Prochaska, who was assigned to the case in 2010, and includes a “ride-along, tracing Huisentruit’s steps the night before her disappearance.”


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New tips come in after 20/20 Jodi Huisentruit special​

It's been a month since 20/20 aired its special on missing Iowa news anchor Jodi Huisentruit. Since then, those committed to her case said they've been receiving new tips and they hope one of those will help break the case.

The Mason City Police Department has been at the forefront of the investigation since day one. The department said after the special, calls and e-mails were flooding in.

"We will fit in the stuff that came in the aftermath of the 20/20 special with what we have and see if there are other things that we can follow up on now that we had followed up on with limited information," Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said. "That gives us a new perspective on something that we already had."


I miss you Oreo.
I can't believe this case went so cold. I recall when it happened; I was certain there would be some good leads, and it would be solved fairly quickly. I did some research and posted my findings on the old site; I'll do some exploring when I have time, and post anything of interest.
I remember it too.


I miss you Oreo.
I have no idea of suspects, But I think she had a stalker she was unaware of. I have heard of a few news anchors, Reporters etc. Having problems with that. Michelle Tafoy, probably spelling that wrong. That covered "NFL" games had a bad one for a long time.


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This weekend marks 27 years since Jodi Huisentruit disappeared​

A mystery in Mason City has gone unsolved for nearly three decades.

This month marks 27 years since morning news anchor Jodi Huisentruit was last seen.

Friends and family encourage people to leave their porch lights on for Huisentruit this weekend. You can post photos on social media using the hashtag Lights for Jodi.


I miss you Oreo.
Even up here there were missing posters on telephone poles. I remember I was just turning 25 and we use to go for coffee all the time at this one place all the time. That poster hung there until the weather took care of it. Very sadly it put things in perspective.


Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
Even up here there were missing posters on telephone poles. I remember I was just turning 25 and we use to go for coffee all the time at this one place all the time. That poster hung there until the weather took care of it. Very sadly it put things in perspective.
It was a very well known case here too. Midwest maybe? On the other hand the case got a lot of attention and people I think really got out there with the posters and doing all they could, it was impressive since it was not the internet age that they managed to get posters and such far and wide.

Never found and no justice. I can't even imagine what that must be like for loved ones. And scary too for the public as whoever is responsible likely did not stop with her.


I miss you Oreo.
I think it was a so called "Celebrity stalker". Most of them get caught. Most. It is really creepy when they don't. Whether they are alive, In jail or otherwise. They got away with it.

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