A beloved anchorwoman vanishes on her way to work.
Jodi Huisentruit moved to Mason City, Iowa, in late 1993, and quickly became an active member of the community. As the anchor of a morning news show, Jodi was a local favorite... a woman with many friends and no known enemies. The day that Jodi vanished, she was scheduled to work her regular shift on the morning show. When she didn't arrive on time, the show's producer, Amy Kuns, called her apartment:
"Everything sounded normal, like I had just woken her up. What time is it? She asked the question, so I told her Jodi, it's about ten to four, you need to come in to work. How much time is left to produce on the show? I mean, she was obviously thinking, she was aware, she just knew she had overslept and she had to get in to work. I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. Nothing."
When Jodi didn't show up by airtime, Amy anchored the newscast and sent the first available person to check on Jodi:
"I was halfway mad because I had to do all of this stuff all by myself, halfway worried because I thought what if she's laying in her apartment bleeding because she fell down and hit her head on the tub, you know, things like that. But never once did I think somebody nabbed her outside of her apartment. Never once did that cross my mind."
Police arrived at Jodi's apartment shortly after. Frank Stearns was an Investigator for the Mason City Police at the time of Jodi's disappearance:
"The officer arriving at the scene observed several of Jodi's personal items strewn about the ground around her car. A quick check was done in and around the apartment complex for Jodi, but we were unable to find her."
By that afternoon, the Mason City Police launched a massive search, aided by the FBI and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Rescue teams scoured the countryside. Divers and police dogs covered the Winnebago River and its banks. But there was no trace of Jodi Huisentruit. In fact, the only possible clue was a white Ford Econoline van seen in the parking lot of Jodi's apartment building about the time she disappeared.
Patrick McCarthy was a private investigator hired to augment the investigation:
"We spent a lot of time and a lot of effort, talking to the people who knew Jodi and spent time with Jodi. We located nothing in her private life that would have put her at risk at all. No dark side to Jodi; she was as real and all-American as she appeared to those who knew her and to her viewers."
On June 27, 1995, Jodi Huisentruit, a beloved anchorwoman in Mason City, Iowa, vanished without a trace. And although there have been few leads since her disappearance, her friends, family and viewers still maintain hope that one day, Jodi will turn up alive.