Jodi Huisentruit: News Anchor missing since 1995

Although there was a lot of media coverage in 1995, including AMW and Psychic Detectives and a major search in 1996, including 1000 interviews, nothing has lead to finding Jodi. 

Jodi Huisentruit, 27, from Mason City, Iowa was believed to have been abducted on her way to work on June 27, 1995.  Jodi worked as a TV news anchor for KIMT. 

On the day she went missing, she called a co-worker to say she was late but was on her way to work.  She never showed up.

When the police went to check on her they found her Mazda Miata in the parking lot as well as more evidence that there had been a struggle near the car.  Pieces of her clothing, shoes and hair dryer were found around her car, the key was bent, it appeared she had been fighting for her life, the police said.  Police were able to obtain an unidentified palm print from her car. 

Neighbors that were interviewed said they heard screams around the same time that Jodi would have been leaving for work.  One neighbor said he saw a white Ford van with its running lights on parked in the parking lot.  The van has never been identified or found.

She was declared legally dead in May 2001.

As a side note, 84 copied pages of Jodi’s personal journal was mailed anonymously to the Mason City Globe Gazette in a large envelope postmarked from Waterloo, IA.  It turned out to have been mailed by the former Mason City Police Chief’s wife, who said that the police chief had brought it home by mistake.  Why the wife mailed it to the newspaper has never been explained. 

Persons of interest:

John Vansice, a neighbor and friend of Huisentruit’s, who  came forward and said he was the last person to see Jodi alive. Vansice told detectives that she had visited his apartment the night before, and that the two had watched a video Vansice filmed of Huisentruit’s birthday party just weeks earlier. Vansice has since moved from Iowa to Phoenix, Ariz.

Serial rapist Tony Jackson, who is currently serving time inside a Minnesota prison. Jackson was living in Mason City, Iowa, at the time Jodi disappeared, according to police. 

In 2011  a female Mason City police officer, Maria Ohl said an unidentified “informant” told her that two Mason City police officers were responsible for Jodi’s abduction and murder.

 A reward is being offered for information in the case. Anyone with tips is being urged to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-494-3562.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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