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Jodi Huisentruit

A beloved anchorwoman vanishes on her way to work.


Jodi Huisentruit

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 6/5/68
Height: 5’3” to 5’4”
Weight: 110 to 120 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde
Remarks: Last seen 6/27/95


Jodi


Personal items were strewn in the parking lot

CASE DETAILS


Search teams combed the countryside

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:


Jodi’s missing person poster

"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.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season three with Dennis Farina and coming soon with Robert Stack. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina.

 

Comments

Michelle Akins's picture

Wow...This is an interesting case..I hope one day she will b found alive.I dont live in Iowa City or anywhere close to there.I'm a Floridian:) I'm a viewer of Unsolved Mysteries,and this is one of many cases that has interested me.Its sad when anybody goes missing:(

Joe's picture

I have worked on this case with a private detective over the years. This case has many twists and turns.

B. McIntyre's picture

I can tell you this: Cerro Gordo County and the areas all around Mason City have something kind of 'not right' about them. If you do a search of people missing from Iowa, Mason City comes up as the place in Iowa where the most people have gone missing without a trace or have been found murdered in some very odd ways. Especially people with disabilities. There is something going on in Iowa and especially Cerro Gordo County that is highly suspicious. I am a member of several Missing Persons sites and that's how I know all this. In fact, it's so noticeable when one does a search of missing people in Iowa that I would think I shouldn't be the only person to notice this interesting aberration or whatever you may want to call it. Seriously, do a search on www.doenetwork.org and check out for yourselves how many people are missing from Iowa. I think you might be quite amazed as I was when I first noticed it. Read the cases too. You'll see that many, many of the people who have gone missing in Iowa are disabled folks who wouldn't be able to just leave their homes on their own. Someone or someone's is taking these people and using them for nefarious purposes, imho. Also, many young boys and men are missing from Iowa. Paperboy's for example, like Johnny Gosch. In those cases, I am very sure I know exactly who is pulling those ones off and why. It all ties in with the Franklin Scandal in DC and Omaha where these young boys were and likely still are being kidnapped for Human Trafficking and worse purposes. Too bad nothing ever gets done about it, especially when we know exactly who is responsible! Whatever happened to Jodi is probably connected to these same 'people', if you can call them that. They will stoop to anything when it comes to getting their prey.

umfan's picture

sounds like a pretty bad place if things like that happen all the time. Sadly Jodi was declared legally dead in 2001 but that doesnt necessarily means she is. Hopefully she is still alive and out there someware.

Brian Massey's picture

Ya. I think Jodi was killed by the same person who's killed repeadily over and over again in the state of Iowa. What I don't get is why no one has been caught or if they have been caught made them talk or get the truth out of them with truth cerum or promiseing them a lighter sentence if they tell where they buried the bodies. The honesty part here is death needs to be brought upon these people that are kidnapping or killing people. A prisoner in Missouri named Larry Hall did kidnapp and kill more than 40 women throughout the years in Missouri and the midwest. So Larry Hall could be the culprit who kidnapped Jodi it's still a possibility.

sam's picture

I lived in the area my whole life and you are not wrong its a very horrible place with lots of ties with gangs and drugs most people from there have a very rude and strange attitude most people I have talked to say the even the police were involved in her dissaperence witch I don't doubt. police there have a dirty reputation.from experience its not really the place you want to get to know any body to well if they aren't on drugs they are probly into something worse

Pete's picture

I am not very familiar with the Huisenfeldt case, but I have lived in that area and still have family there. I can say that Mason City, Clear Lake, and the other towns in that area seem to be as apple-pie American and normal as can be on the outside, but there has always been a strange undercurrent of things happening, people disappearing, and some heavy-duty drug activity — one of those chain pizza shops (forgot name) that were found to be a major source of heroin entering the Midwest back in the 70s was in Mason City, and they did good business before they were shut down. Even back in the 70s and 80s, local kids were a lot more involved in hard drugs than you would expect for a seemingly quiet area like that. There also seems to be more corruption in the local law enforcement than you would expect for such small cities and towns. Northern Iowa is a strange place.

Rebecca's picture

Whoever took Jodi was lying in wait, it was well planned. That individual or individuals probably knew she was living alone, where she work and what time she left for the station, when she was heading to her car the kidnapping took place. Such a bright, young woman with her life and career on track. Prayers goes out to this family. I hope some closure could come to this family soon.

Brooke's picture

I wanted to address Pete's two points. First of all, small towns is where most police corruption is found. The "good ol' boy" mentality, where everyone knows everyone and people lie and cover for each other. Also, anyone that thinks drug use is more prevalent in big cities is ill informed. Small towns have a higher percentage of their populations using illicit drugs, Rx drugs, or alcohol because there's much less to do and occupy people's time, especially teenagers. Plenty of small, apple pie American towns are being ravaged by drug use. If so many of the good, solid, well paying factory and manufacturing jobs weren't now overseas, the towns of Americana wouldn't be turning into broke, unemployed Meccas of drug dealing and using. Jail us the only home many can afford. No longer can a man willing to physically work hard, support and raise a family. Those jobs are in Mexico(and other Latin countries and in turn they supply our drugs and were supporting the illegal aliens from there), China( who supports this country cause we owe them trillions of dollars and they'd just as soon see us blown off the map, India( they think we're heathens cause our women can show their skin and use the word no). We promise aid everywhere to look like world heroes and were the laughingstock of the world.

DH's picture

http://www.findjodi.com/interview-with-amy-kuns/

I found this interview somewhat disturbing. In the media her colleague seems concerned, but this interview is telling. She says that she didn't know her well personally, but accuses her of possible drug use. Her body language in interviews is weird and she says..."I wanted her job but not this way"...

Arl's picture

I totally agree. Something seemed really odd about how she responded to questions about Jodi and how she characterized her. I also was curious if there was any real proof that she had in fact called jodi that morning. It was widely accepted she was the last person who had spoken to jodi, but do phone records prove it?

Joe's picture

I agree with you

Brian's picture

You know guys for the past year I have been asking myself if the Jodie Husentruit case is connected to the 2 little girls that went missing and then found dead in a field up north in Iowa. I've gone through a murder myself and know first hand how hard it is to lose people that are close to you. I don't know why they cannot find these 2 little girls murderer. To me our country truely lacks the desire to find people who have commited bad crimes no matter what they do.

Anonymous's picture

Iowas interstate system is riddled with crime. There is more trafficking of drugs and sex through the state than most will ever know. Redfield Iowa for one is riddled with it.

Anonymous's picture

There are all kinds of weird things that take place in Iowa. The interstate system though the state harbors many untold secrets.

jackie's picture

i live in iowa & remember this case very well as i was 35 at the time. this is a sad story & i feel so sorry for her family, but there is nothing weirder about mason city or any iowa town. we unfortunately suffer crime just like anyone else.

CLformer's picture

Grew up in Clear Lake and remember when Jodi disappeared. Right, cops were, probably still are, notorious for looking the other way in CL and Mason. Makes one wonder.

Joe's picture

I have worked on this case for at least eleven years now. Someone knows something about the case in the Mason City area and needs to come forward! I have made several trips to Mason City to get a feel for the city. I spoke with a woman about Jodi Huisentruit who works at a card shop in Mason City. She told me Jodi would come in and buy cards. She had personally waited on Jodi.

savage's picture

I have seen her

unsolved's picture

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Joe's picture

Also on one of my trips to Mason City I sat down and spoke with Jodi's landlord at the time Rose. She told me about those early morning hours of June 27th, 1995. Rose has since sold her home and moved away since the last trip I took to Mason City, Iowa. I can only hope someone slips up and something cracks the case wide open!

Beccaboo's picture

Does anyone think the news station colleague seemed suspicious? Her comments she has made like she was angry that she had to do Jodi's job that morning and the way she described how she spoke to her on the phone. Do you think she was jealous of her and had it arranged for her to be murdered? Was she given Jodi's job after it was clear she wouldn't be returning? Just some thoughts....

sam's picture

cops were involved for sure its crazy just in that area im talking a 30 mile space in the last 20 years multiple murders and dissaperence almost none solved you know in the 40s if you killed some one you had a 80% chance of being caught now if you kill some one its only 35% pretty sketchy if you ask me the law is slow and strange in the area I knew a kid from Dumont Iowa who was killed his name was Brandon ayers and the guy that killed him only got 8 years

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