Jodi Sue Huisentruit
Missing Person: Declared Legally Dead
Jodi Sue Huisentruit
600 North Kentucky Ave.
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 95-08176
NCIC #: M-844559811
Missing Since: June 27, 1995
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 1995, CBS affiliate KIMT-TV morning and noon anchor woman and producer Jodi Sue Huisentruit was abducted from the parking lot of her apartment located at 600 North Kentucky Avenue in Mason City, Iowa.
Huisentruit — a St. Cloud State University graduate – usually arrived at work between 3 and 4 a.m., and when she hadn’t arrived by 4:00 a.m. her co-producer called her. Huisentruit answered the phone, told her co-producer she had overslept, and stated she’d be at the station shortly. Nothing in Huisentruit’s tone of voice indicated any undue stress. The 27-year-old petite anchor was never heard from again.
When Huisentruit still hadn’t arrived at work by 7:00 a.m., her co-anchor became alarmed and called Mason City police, asking them to check on Jodi’s well being.
Upon their arrival, officers discovered a number of Huisentruit’s personal possessions strewn about the parking lot, including Jodi’s hair spray, hair dryer, her key ring and a pair of red high-heeled shoes. Huisentruit usually carried these items to and from work in a canvas tote bag.
Mason City police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation subsequently found blood on the right rear-view mirror of Huisentruit’s 1995 red Mazda Miata sports car. The mirror had also been knocked ajar.
Blood also was found in the parking lot near the passenger’s side door. DNA testing indicated the blood matched that of Ms. Huisentruit.
Scuff marks found in the parking lot — apparently made by Huisentruit’s shoes — led away from her vehicle. Interviews with neighbors revealed that screams had been heard. Crime scene evidence suggested Huisentruit was attacked from behind while unlocking her vehicle’s passenger-side door, that she screamed, was struck in the head with a heavy object and then dragged to the perpetrator’s awaiting vehicle.
Jodi’s canvas tote bag — in which she often carried her notebooks and computer diskettes — was not found at the scene and has never been located.
In the 15 years since her disappearance, investigators have followed up on thousands of tips and interviewed more than 1,000 people. While the Mason City community continues to mark her disappearance every year, police await the one solid tip they need to bring to an end the city’s most infamous cold case.
Though Huisentruit was declared legally dead in 2001, her case remains an open investigation.
Statement from Lt. Frank Stearns, Mason City Police Department
The Iowa Cold Cases website (and other sites featuring Ms. Huisentruit’s case) has received multiple e-mails and correspondence from James L. McIntyre, who continues to insist that Ms. Huisentruit’s body was recovered during the week of September 29 – October 1, 1997, and that her remains are in the care of Dr. David L. Frederickson MD ME in the Stearns County Medical Examiner’s office in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Mr. McIntyre also has alleged that Ms. Huisentruit was murdered by Keith Dwayne Nelson.
Lieutenant Frank Stearns, the Criminal Investigations Division Commander for the Mason City Police Department has released an official statement to Iowa Cold Cases that should put Mr. McIntyre’s false allegations to rest once and for all.
Lt. Stearns’ statement on February 7, 2013, reads as follows:
The Mason City Police Department has checked into Mr. McIntyer’s allegations on several occasions, and we have found that none of what he is alleging is true. I have asked him to stop making these allegations but he continues to do so.
Any further allegations Mr. McIntyre posts on this website will be promptly deleted.
If you have any information concerning Jodi Huisentruit’s whereabouts, please contact the Mason City Police Department at (641) 421-3636 or the Iowa Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-5507.
A website covering Jodi’s case has been established at www.findjodi.com.
Sources and Additional References:
- Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
- Mason City Police Department
- Statement by Lt. Frank Stearns re James L. McIntyre allegations, Mason City Police Department, February 7, 2013
- Iowa Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse
- Crime and Justice: Jodi Huisentruit
- The Doe Network
- “Death Case Possibly Connected to the Huisentruit Case?” FindJodi.com, May 9, 2006
- “They’re trying to be strong, Huisentruit family fights uncertainty,” Mason City Globe Gazette, June 20, 2008
- “Jodi once covered Minnesota abduction,” Mason City Globe Gazette, June 20, 2008
- “Before disappearance Huisentruit was looking for new job,” Sioux City Journal, June 23, 2008
- “15 Years: Jodi Still Missing,” KIMT Channel 3, June 25, 2010
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- “15 years later, family of Huisentruit feeling frustration, hope,” Sioux City Journal, June 27, 2010
- “Jodi Huisentruit Still Missing,” KSAX-TV, June 29, 2010
- “Jodi Huisentruit: Nancy Grace – America’s Missing,” HLN TV, Feb. 22, 2011
- “Jodi Huisentruit case featured on ‘Nancy Grace’ show,” Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, Feb. 24, 2011
- “Former TV anchor writes book about Jodi Huisentruit,” Albert Lea Tribune, March 15, 2011
- “Former MCPD officer says police may have taken Huisentruit,” Mason City Globe Gazette, Sept. 1, 2011
- “Jodi Huisentruit Cold Case Revisited by Author,” KEYC TV Fox 12, Mankato, Nov. 12, 2011
- “Was Don Harman Involved in Missing Iowa Anchor Jodi Huisentruit?” KC Confidential, Dec. 1, 2011
- “Jodi Huisentruit: Cable show to feature case of missing Iowa anchor,” Pioneer Press, Jan. 24, 2013
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