Jodi Huisentruit

Jodi Sue Huisentruit

Missing Person: Legally Declared Dead

Jodi Sue Huisentruit
27 YOA
Key Apartments
600 North Kentucky Ave.
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Investigating Agency: Mason City Police Department
Case # 95-08176
NCIC # M-844559811
NamUs MP # 402
Dentals: Available
DNA: Available
Missing Since: June 27, 1995

 

State Representative Speaks Out About Resistance to Solving Huisentruit Case

John KooikerCourtesy photo Northwest Iowa Review
Iowa State Legislator John Kooiker

Iowa State Rep. John Kooiker considered it a privilege to fill in the ninth term of his good friend, Dwayne Alons, who passed away shortly after winning the November 2014 election. But, as a member of the House Public Safety Committee, he found himself appalled at the number of cold cases in the state and the current lack of a cohesive effort to solve them.

In 2015, prior to the 20th anniversary of Jodi Huisentruit’s unsolved disappearance, he saw an opportunity to augment the work being done by the Northwest Iowa Review — one of approximately 200 newspapers participating in the Iowa Newspaper Association‘s statewide GONE COLD project. With the assistance of other legislators, Kooiker drafted a letter addressed to the city of Mason City, asking them to recognize Jodi’s upcoming anniversary and soliciting their help in solving the case. Kooiker spoke to one of Jodi’s sisters, and she had no objections.

All 100 state representatives signed the May 4, 2015, letter.

When Mason City area legislators offered to notify Mason City officials of the pending letter, the news brought about what Kooiker called “some rather strange reactions.”

Chief Mike Lashbrook, Kooiker said, insisted he did not want the letter to be sent to him or anybody else in Mason City. The mayor begged Kooiker — who’d also spoken with Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Director Jim Saunders — to withdraw the letter.

Rather than welcoming the bipartisan support of all 100 state representatives to further the investigation into Jodi’s disappearance and honor the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, Kooiker was accused of “meddling” and “not respecting local control.”

The Northwest Iowa Review documented Kooiker’s unusual and troubling experience in a piece published by The Review on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. The full article is available for download in PDF format here.

In a North Iowa Today story published June 22, 2017, Kooiker called on Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer to declare June 27, 2017, as Jodi Huisentruit Day. The letter stated, in part:

As you know, after being somewhat puzzled at the opposition from the now-retired Mason City police chief for this proposal, I confirmed that leads in this case from South Dakota had not been looked into by the MCPD for at least 7 years. In addition, I confirmed that these same leads were not made known to Iowa DCI by the Mason City Police Department for at least that same period of time. Perhaps that is why there was such opposition to calling attention to this case. Even if it is assumed these leads have now been followed up on, it still means Jodi’s case is unsolved and the public’s help is needed to solve it. So either way, proclaiming your support for solving this case is respectfully requested. And yes, I previously visited with Jodi’s sister and believe she would still be in support of your efforts to draw attention to this case. (From John Kooiker’s letter to Mayor Bookmeyer, June 2017)

In the letter, Kooiker also attached the 2015 proclamation request as well as the April 26, 2016 follow-up letter he’d sent to new Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley.


Huisentruit’s sister does not want ‘Jodi Huisentruit Day’

In a Mason City Globe Gazette article published Friday, June 23, 2017, Jodi Huisentruit’s sister, JoAnn Nathe of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, told Globe Gazette reporter John Skipper that while she thinks “The intention is nice,” she doesn’t think it’s proper to have a “Jodi Huisentruit Day” in remembrance of her sister’s disappearance. She cited the number of missing persons in Iowa without a day named in their memory.

“I’m sure we would get a lot of flak,” she told the Globe Gazette.

Nathe also took into consideration the fact that her sister grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota, graduated from St. Cloud University and worked at TV stations in Cedar Rapids and Alexandria, Minnesota, before moving to Mason City.

“I think it’s tacky, Nathe told the paper, “and I think Jodi would think it was tacky, too.”

The June 23 story references the May 2015 letter former State Rep. John Kooiker drafted while still in the Legislature, and State Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, said she and others had signed [Kooiker’s] letter, but when they learned the Huisentruit family was against it, asked their names be removed. Kooiker did not remove them, she said in the Friday story.

The Globe Gazette’s John Skipper also reported in the piece:

Though Kooiker said he became interested in the Huisentruit case when he was in the Legislature, his emails and those of his son to authorities date to four years before he was elected.

The Kooikers aren’t the first — and likely won’t be the last — to become personally attached to solving the case of a young anchorwoman they’d never met.

Jim Feldhaus — a retired computer programmer for the University of South Dakota at Brookings and former researcher for the 3M Company in Minnesota — went on to become a private investigator and spent years pursuing the case. In a Globe Gazette article published June 26, 2005, Iowa DCI Special Agent Bill Basler said Feldhaus was far and away the most active private investigator in the case.

Feldhaus said he didn’t plan to stop investigating until he or someone else solved the case and admitted he was “obsessed” with Huisentruit’s unsolved disappearance.

Feldhaus, 79, died Oct. 10, 2013 at a Sioux Falls hospice.


Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

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 producer, Amy Kuns, called her. Huisentruit answered the phone, told Kuns 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., Kuns 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 purse, hair spray, hair dryer, and a pair of red high-heeled shoes. Huisentruit usually carried these items to and from work in a canvas tote bag.

The key to Huisentruit’s vehicle was found bent inside the lock on the driver’s side door. Mason City Police Lt. Frank Stearns said drag marks were visible on the rain-soaked pavement.

Interviews with neighbors revealed that screams had been heard, but the apartment building was located near a campground and the screams were dismissed as nothing more than noisy campers.

Stearns believes the crime was committed by a single individual — likely one who knew Huisentruit. Prior to joining KIMT, the Minnesota native had worked briefly as a flight attendant.

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.

Nearly Two Decades, Thousands of Tips

In the years following her disappearance, investigators followed up on thousands of tips and interviewed more than 1,000 people.

In June 2008, a copy of Jodi’s personal journal was sent anonymously to a Mason City Globe Gazette reporter. The journal contained more than 80 pages where Huisentruit spelled out her personal goals.

In a KIMT-TV story airing June 23, 2008, Mason City Police Chief Mike Lashbrook confirmed the copy of the journal was real and the same copy given to police, the DCI and FBI. Further investigation revealed a former police chief’s wife had sent the copy to the Globe Gazette.

JoAnn Nathe, Huisentruit’s sister, told FoxNews.com she believed the perpetrator either knew Jodi personally or had stalked her because the individual was privy to her sister’s early-morning schedule.

“There was no indication of a stalker whatsoever,” said Stearns in the Fox News story dated June 11, 2013.

Huisentruit was legally declared dead in May 2001, and though names of several persons of interest emerged, one in particular remains on police radar. Said Fox News:

John Vansice, a neighbor and friend of Huisentruit’s, immediately came forward and said he was the last person to see the news anchor alive, according to police. Vansice, who was much older than Huisentruit, 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 part just weeks earlier. Vansice denied any connection to the abduction and has since moved from Iowa to Phoenix, Ariz. He could not be reached when contacted by FoxNews.com.

“To this day, he [Vansice] is still a person of interest,” Stearns said.

Jim Feldhaus Courtesy photo Globe Gazette
Retired computer programmer and researcher Jim Feldhaus spent nearly two decades tracking down leads in Huisentruit’s case.

Nathe believed Vansice was “fixated” on her sister, even though Jodi had never once mentioned his name to her.

Nathe told Fox News she also isn’t convinced that only one person was responsible for the crime. Nathe said her sister’s landlord reported hearing “two different male voices” in the parking lot at the time and the sound of a loud muffler.

Jim Feldhaus — a Canistota, S.D. retired computer programmer for the University of South Dakota at Brookings and a former researcher for 3M in Minnesota — spent nearly 18 years voluntarily interviewing potential suspects and tracking down information on Huisentruit’s case.

Feldhaus, a U.S. Army veteran with degrees in chemistry and computer science, tipped off law enforcement officials and the media whenever he uncovered new tips or leads, and in 2005 told the Globe Gazette the case represented an “obsession” he wanted to solve.

Feldhaus, 79, passed away Oct. 10, 2013 at a Sioux Falls hospice.

The Huisentruit File: Ep. 1, The Case — Courtesy YouTube

When the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Huisentruit’s disappearance was one of approximately 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.

Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit was exhausted in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.

The DCI remains committed to the resolution of Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.

Dental information and charting is available and entered in Huisentruit’s case.

A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.

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Bednar offers detailed crime theories in her book about Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance.
“Dead Air”

In 2011, former KAAL-TV6 Minnesota news anchor Beth Bednar tackled the mysteries surrounding Huisentruit’s disappearance in her book, “Dead Air – The Disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit.”

Bednar, who spent two decades in the broadcast news industry, interviewed Huisentruit’s colleagues, her friends and acquaintances in Mason City, family members and friends, law enforcement officials, and a number of other sources from Minnesota to Iowa.

The book presents several detailed crime theories regarding those considered persons of interest, and explores Huisentruit’s connection to other unsolved Iowa murders.

“Dead Air” has been described as “old-style true crime journalism at its best.”

While the Mason City community continues to mark the anniversary of Huisentruit’s disappearance every year, police await the one solid tip they need to bring to an end the city’s most infamous cold case.

About Jodi Huisentruit

Jodi Sue Huisentruit was born June 5, 1968, to Imogene L. “Jane” (Anderson) and Maurice Huisentruit, and grew up in Long Prairie, Minnesota.

She twice was a member of the state champion high school golf team in Long Prairie.

She graduated from St. Cloud State University, and worked briefly at an Alexandria television station before moving to Mason City to work for CBS affiliate KIMT-TV. There, she worked as a morning and noon news anchor and producer between 3 and 4 a.m.

She was abducted from her Mason City apartment’s parking lot at 600 North Kentucky Avenue on Tuesday morning, June 27, 1995, while preparing to leave for work. Her disappearance prompted one of the largest manhunts in Iowa history, with her case featured on several national television programs, including America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries, 20/20, Nancy Grace, Psychic Detectives and numerous other talk shows.

Jodi's mother, Jane Huisentruit, died Dec. 9, 2014 (Courtesy WJON)

Jodi’s mother, Jane Huisentruit, died Dec. 9, 2014 (Courtesy WJON)

In addition to her mother, she was survived by two sisters: JoAnn Nathe of Sauk Center; Jill Lettau, and many other loved ones.

Her father preceded her in death in 1982.

Jodi was legally declared dead in May 2001.

Her mother, Imogene L. “Jane” Huisentruit, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at CentraCare Health Systems in Long Prairie without ever discovering what happened to her daughter.

She was 91 years old.

A January 1994 journal entry Jodi wrote the year before she went missing shined a beaming light into a world where she’d hoped to make a difference. Her entry read:

“Live with passion daily. Be passionate in everyday life. Live the way I want to live — be generous, kind.” ~ January 1994 excerpt from Jodi Huisentruit’s personal journal

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.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Jodi Huisentruit’s unsolved disappearance please contact Lt. Frank Stearns at the Mason City Police Department at (641) 421-3001.

An in-depth website dedicated to solving Jodi’s case may be found at www.findjodi.com.

Sources and Additional References:

 

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53 Responses to Jodi Huisentruit

  1. Josh Benson says:

    Please remove Mr. McIntyre’s information from your website’s comments section. Many people believe the information he posts is true. They are contacting our website, authorities and family members of these ‘new developments. They are not new. Mr. McIntyre has been spreading this information for years and is only clouding the investigation with his conspiracies and incorrect information. Mr. McIntyre has zero basis for any claims he makes and authorities in several states deny any knowledge of such claims.

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Josh, we’ve deleted Mr. McIntyre’s comments in the past but he continued to repost them. ICC’s Kerry Connolly recently contacted Lt. Frank Stearns from the Mason City Police Department, and he issued an official statement regarding McIntyre’s allegations. I’ve provided a link to Lt. Stearns’ statement at the bottom of Jodi’s case summary. I’ve also deleted Mr. McIntyre’s latest comment, and any further comments he makes will be promptly deleted.

      Thanks so much for all you do in behalf of keeping Jodi’s memory alive.

      Best wishes,

      Jody Ewing
      Iowa Cold Cases Founder

      • Laura says:

        You lose all credibility when you start picking and choosing based on opinions rather then FACTS. Everyone has a right to their own opinions… based on FACTS. When you delete comments which clearly question your intention…. you lose and so do your readers.

        • Kim says:

          Unfortunately, Mr. McIntyre’s comments are not based on any facts, as per the statement issued by the Mason City Police Dept., which is the investigating authority over Jodi Huisentruit’s case. Mr. McIntyre has posted similar comments on several other sites dedicated to unsolved crimes/true crimes and his statements have been thoroughly…and I mean thoroughly…debunked by law enforcement officials. The only one who loses any credibility is the person who sadly keeps perpetuating the myth that Jodi’s body has lain unclaimed in a St. Cloud, Minn. morgue since 1997. Jodi’s case has always been high profile and any unidentified female remains that have ever been recovered, particularly in Minnesota or Iowa, would be completely investigated to see if there was a match. The intention of this site is not to spread false rumors or myths about any of the crimes listed on here, but rather to share FACTS of these cold cases with the public in hopes of solving them. Mr. McIntyre’s comments have been proven several times over by several different law enforcement agencies that they are not FACT, they’re a MYTH, and therefore have no place on a site dedicated to FACTS.

          • Jody Ewing says:

            Thank you, Kim, for a comment that clearly explains our position when it comes to Mr. McIntyre’s posts. We included the link to Lt. Frank Stearns’ official statement so readers could see for themselves that the Mason City Police Dept. has already investigated Mr. McIntyre’s allegation and proven it to be false. The MCPD has also repeatedly asked Mr. McIntyre to stop spreading this lie, yet he continues to do so.

            Mr. McIntyre has been “using” our website to perpetuate a lie, and for us to allow him to continue this practice would be irresponsible.

            Jody

  2. Theresa says:

    It is nice to know people are honest enough to say when interviewed, “that screams had been heard”. Yet not one person found the hour odd or found the screams (plural!) desperate and called the police. I am sure the investigators asked why, but OMG!

  3. sally says:

    Stearns was there. Too perfect of a crime. Hes got a trophy her drivers license. Why would he need a drivers license when theres tons of her picture everywhere.

    • mike says:

      are you saying the detective that is on the case did this ?

    • Kim says:

      Just because Lt. Stearns has Jodi’s driver’s license doesn’t mean he was in any way involved in her abduction. Jodi’s DL was probably in her purse, which was recovered at the scene. It’s not unusual for detectives, especially those who deal with cold cases or have worked cases that have gone cold to keep a picture or some sort of memento of the victim, just to keep the victim’s memory alive and remind them what they are working for. Nothing at all sinister in that, either.

  4. Kindra says:

    I just say the story about Jodi on OWN. One of her coworker’s interview seemed alarming. Does anyone know if Amy Kuns was treated as a suspect?

    • Dawn says:

      Yes something is off with Amy. I recently did some research on how to spot a lie by involuntary/subconcius facial expressions and head movements and Amy presses each red flag. I bet she is in the list, if not The List.

    • Tamatha Sue Polk says:

      I totally agree with you Kendra, I just watched the show on 20/20 and within the first 15 mins I thought she was certaintly someone that might have had something to do with Jodi’s disappearance. She laughed during the interview several times and she voiced that she wanted Jodi’s job, and just her demeanor and body language. I went to several other sites and read more about Amy Kuns and she was ask the question if she attended the birthday party that was thrown for.Jodi, she said “No, I didn’t attend the party, I wasn’t even invited”. She really seemed jealous and to me it really showed.

  5. Kat says:

    I have someone of interest for law enforcement to check out.
    Is he involved…??? I don’t know…but I do know he lives 1 hour from Mason City IA in New Hampton IA & he definitely could have harmed someone…or worse.
    I dated this person back in 2003-2004 & he was SCARY 2 months into our relationship. Again, idk if he had anything to do w it but would be great for all the people involved to know what did so ANY INFO SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT !!
    Law enforcement…if you’re interested…email me & we can exchange contact info etc
    kat5five91@gmail.com
    I will be waiting.
    Thank you
    PS..this IS NOT A JOKE either ! I’m not saying I have guaranteed info but after watching 20/20 ON OWN…this person immediately came to mind.
    LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED !!

  6. natwatson11 says:

    Kat, did law enforcement follow up with you? I just watched this on youtube and was interested if there was any progress?

  7. Kris Starks says:

    This one still haunts me to this very day! :(

  8. Wendy Holman says:

    you aren’t forgotten Jodi Huisentruit

  9. Prayers with the family and friends.

  10. This case, along with the other cold cases need solved so these folks have justice!!!

  11. so sad we live in a world where this kind of thing happens

  12. Kath Peiffer says:

    Could this John McIntyre be considered a suspect? He seems to want to insert himself into this investigation pretty badly.

  13. Kath Peiffer says:

    …I meant “James” McIntyre…

  14. I remember this…soo sad.

  15. Jodi Lake says:

    This case has haunted me. Partially because my name is Jodi, too! This is one for the experts.

  16. This is so sad. It was right before I started at Waldorf.

  17. Sam Whipple says:

    I was just a small child but I remember this. She has to be found and peace brought to family, friends, and the whole newscast.

  18. It seems that guilty people tend to push a subject for continual attention, if it drops, they are not happy, keep pressing and averting the blame in a different direction – cops are not stupid, people need to give them more credit than that – especially due to the notoriety of this case.

  19. Sue Herman says:

    Has case 158UFCO DOE Network been checked out? Also, as many follow the DOE network, were there ever indentifiers released like color of tote bag, dental characteristics, scars, clothing, jewelry, etc?

  20. Chave says:

    I hope they find closure for Jodi’s family, I know at this point they will possibly not find her alive, maybe just remains and my heart goes out to her family and friends! I would never want to live something like this. Jodi, I’m confident that the detectives handling your case will bring you home one day, maybe they just need a different set of eyes! God be with you guys that are family and detectives handling this case. There will be justice Jodi!

  21. John Parker says:

    I have followed this case for as long as I can remember. I was 15 when this happened and have never forgot about Jodi. I still have a weird feeling that someone that lived in that apartment complex is guilty of this crime. I'm sure everyone was picked apart that lived there, it just seems like the ultimate crime of opportunity. The red flag this case presents is the fact they found the key bent in her car door. This tells me someone came up from behind and attacked her as she was putting the key in the door, as evidenced by her bag on the ground, and the screams her neighbors heard. I think this person(s) lived in her complex, knew she was on the news, and what schedule she kept. I think they saw their chance in a young, petite, attractive blonde. I think this person was in their 20's and is a white male. This person lived in that complex, or had close ties with someone that did. Of course all this is speculation on my part. I hope someday we get a break in this case.

    • Stephanie says:

      Actually they never found the bag. Not in the house or outside. That’s the really weird part.

      • JG says:

        A friend of my father, from Austin, MN was a person of interest. He supposedly was dating a woman living in the key apartments. He also owned a white van, which as I recall was identical to the one seen that day. He was a very creepy guy. I remember my dad warning my sister and I, to be cautious of him. I also remember him showing up on foot, claiming he had ran out of gas. My sister has similar features as Jodi, and when he realized I was home also, he seemed like he was in a hurry and quickly left.
        He is now dead, but would have been in early or mid 40’s at the time. His initials are E.M..I’ve had multiple people who knew him, tell me that he was somehow involved. His name never comes up in anything I’ve seen though. He was an alcoholic and drug user.

  22. I remember that day she disappeared too

  23. I have vivid dreams about this. It haunts me. :(

  24. It is so sad that her remains have never been found.

  25. J. Kohls says:

    I just watched this show again and every time I watch it I get sick to my stomach. I hope someday they do find Jodi and she can have a decent service. I cannot imagine that she would still be alive and her family and friends have to still be devastated with how she disappeared. This is a scary world we live in and I hope whoever did this to this innocent woman gets his punishment if not here when he leaves this world if he hasn’t already. There is a special place in hell for people like this.

  26. Fred V Allen says:

    I WATCHED THIS STORY AGAIN FOR THE SECOUND TIME LAST WEEK AUG. 2015 ANDTHE FIRST TIME A FEW YEARS BACK AND I WAS HOPEING THEY WOULD FIND JODI BEFORE HER MOTHER DIED, BUT SHE WASN'T THAT LUCKY BUT I KNOW WITH MY FAITH THAT MOMA AND JODI ARE TOGETHER IN HEAVEN WITH JESUS IN NO PAIN AND NOTHING BUT LOVE AND PEACE. AMEN AND GOD BLESS JODI'S FAMILY AND GOD BLESS JODI'S SOUL !!

  27. Herb Hunter says:

    If her license was found, but her licence was in her wallet, and her wallet was in her purse, and her purse was never found, how did detectives find her license? It seems to me only the person who abducted/killed her would have access to her licence. Early reports had it that Ms. Huisentruit was running down a story about the meth/drug/gun running trade in the area at the time. Perhaps she got involved with a nefarious source and needed to be silenced after she learned too much.

    And perhaps that person of interest is right there in the interviews saying “the hunt is on” after learning she was missing. Why was the ‘hunt’ on? Why not the search?

  28. Herb Hunter says:

    Perhaps she’s buried in Little Clear Lake in a barrel, just off Balsam Ave. The lake is something like 20′ deep just east of the outcropping on the causeway. After the initial investigation, the FBI and local authorities widened their search, and since that area had been searched, it would be easier to hide the body so close to home. Has that part of Little Clear Lake ever been dredged or dragged after the initial investigation in 1995? Or has it ever?

    • Kathleen Peiffer says:

      Mr. Hunter, the article clearly states her purse and many other items belonging to her were found at the scene of her abduction.

    • Sarah S says:

      I always recall hearing people comment that they find it odd when the MCPD officer kept bringing up a cops potential involvement, she suddenly was fired. I also recall that Mercy was pouring new concrete for their addition that same morning she went missing, and people wonder if she was buried under it. Sad… :-(

      • FedEx guy says:

        Blah blah blah blah. John vansice is the person of interest. ….he’s originally from newton, iowa……about 2 year’s ago, while working for FedEx, I delivered a package to one of his relatives. I had a Mason city girls basket ball hat on, and the guy asked me about mason city, I informed him I’m from there. . He said his brother John used to live there but there was to much heat on him, he had to bolt fast and never look back. …….this case even after all these years has stuck with me, and I knew a lot of info which I’ve read and watched on tv. As I was delivering this package, I thought to myself, this is creepy, John is in my mind connected to jodi”s dissapearance, and is related to this guy im talking to. My gut says John had money to pay someone to rid of jodi because, he was obsessed with her, and unsuccessfully tried to win her over with material things, she was never gonna be with him and his short temper had reached a frustrating point. Had to leave Mason city to get away from bad memories, figured if he stuck around, people would look and stare at him and may say, that’s the guy who killed jodi. ….moved to Arizona to get away And never think about it or be reminded of his horrible crime of a woman he was in love with……I called him awhile back, and told him they found jodi, just to hear his reaction ……after about 30 seconds of silence he quietly said, that’s impossible, don’t call here again. …….he changed his number 2 days later

        • Sarah says:

          Lol… that sure is a crazy, story. Did you call the police, DCI, FBI??? Or just post it on here!? Hmmm.

          • FedEx guy says:

            It’s my word against vanscise brothers, sad to say, cops probably don’t have time to chase any leads or stories. Pathetic how the state does not help fund any of these cold case”s anymore. …

            • JD32 says:

              “FedEx” guy is just a troll who thinks he/she is clever.

              Person is not smart enough to change up their writing style though. You’ll see similar posts under different aliases on other cases on this site.

              Pretty weak and generic stuff.

            • FedEx guy says:

              Hey JD32, who the hell you calling a troll? Weird how I tell a true incident with someone, and you wanna try to say I’m bullshitting? This is the only time I’ve ever written anything on this site because it happened in my hometown, and I still to this day follow it closely. what’s your story?

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