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« Reply #15 on: Dec 17th, 2004, 06:24am »

KAAL) -- Mason City Police talk about renewed interest in the nine-year old Jodi Huisentruit disappearance.

Police are still working fresh leads that have come their way. Some are the result of an eight month long investigation by 6 NEWS FIRST.

Lt. Ron Vande Weerd of the Mason City Police Department said this latest tip was prompted by The Huisentruit File reports aired on 6 NEWS FIRST last month.

The lead drew so much attention because this was the house where a former 'person of interest' in the case lived.

It was also the last place Jodi was seen alive. Former seed corn salesman John Vansice had invited Jodi up to his apartment to view a videotape he shot at an earlier birthday party he had thrown for her.

Six news first's Gary Peterson began our probe into the 'Huisentruit File' eight months ago along with news anchor Josh Benson.

This past Saturday, Peterson spoke with one of the occupants of the duplex in question who gave details of the visit by Mason City Police.

She told Gary what it was about the concrete that captured police curiosity.

We want to be clear that since our story aired Mason City Police have issued a statement saying they are now no longer planning to further investigate this particular house.

They report to have followed up on the investigation in 1995 and confirm they re-examined the tip last week.

Police said the examination last week showed no discernable difference in what they saw just after Jodi's disappearance.

6 NEWS FIRST News Director Leigh Geramanis-Hart has issued the following statement in response to recent published reports questioning the news value of the latest developments
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xx For Jody on Dec. 31, 2004
« Reply #16 on: Dec 31st, 2004, 06:46am »

Today is Jody Huisentruit's 35th birthday. I wanted to say that I hope answers can be found soon for whereabouts because I know she is loved and missed by many.

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« Reply #17 on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:27am »

Mason City, March 1st, 2005 - In television shows like NBC's "Medium," police work closely with psychics to solve crimes. In real life here in Iowa, that type of partnership is rare, but it doesn't mean police ignore psychic tips.

It's been nearly ten years since Mason City news anchor Jodi Huisentruit left her apartment for work and vanished. KIMT News Director Dave Wertheimer says the station still gets regular tips about Huisentruit's disappearance, and when they come in, they go straight to Mason City Police.

Lt. Ron Vande Weerd started working on the case in 1996, the year after Jodi disappeared. He says the department never sought out the help of psychics, but still, hundreds of people from all over the country have offered their visions, dreams and hunches. Most of the psychic tips are too vague to be helpful, from descriptions of the kidnapper to visions of a burial place.

However, a handful of psychic tips have been specific enough to prompt a police search. One tip in the Huisentruit case came all the way from Australia and led police to a remote Iowa corn field. The man didn't just give directions, he gave GPS coordinates, but the search turned up nothing. Not a single psychic tip has led to any break in the Huisentruit case.

There is a 30-thousand-dollar reward for information that solves the case. If you have information on the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, call Cerro Gordo County Crimestoppers at 1-800-383-0088.
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xx Vanished: Jodi Huisentruit
« Reply #18 on: Jun 24th, 2005, 07:32am »

Monday marks a painful ten year anniversary for one of Iowa's biggest mysteries. Television personality Jodi Huisentruit vanished June 27th, 1995. Police believe she was abducted from outside her mason city apartment, but can't prove what happened to her or who did it.

Jodi's disappearance and her life made lasting impressions on eastern Iowans who knew her. Before she moved to Mason City, Jodi Huisentruit developed her reporting skills at KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids. Former Farm Director Wade Wagner helped Jodi move to Minnesota when she left KGAN to be closer to home. It wasn't long before she moved back to Iowa to KIMT-TV in Mason City. Wagner says he remembers a conversation with Jodi just days before her disappearance. "She had called me the week I lost my wife and talked to me and gave me sympathy and then this happens."

Jodi Huisentruit was reported missing after she didn't show up for work on June 27th in 1995. Mason City Police found personal items, including keys, on the ground where her car was parked. Wagner lost both his wife and friend Jodi in the same month. June is a tough time of the year for him. "I just feel so bad for her family...because they were so proud of Jodi and what she accomplished and where she was going in a career."

Amy Johnson Boyle also worked with Jodi at KGAN. She says Jodi was a "Small town girl, working at an Iowa Television station, not an enemy, sweet, kind, outgoing. This is not the kind of person you'd imagine this happening to." Amy anchored the news at KGAN when Jodi vanished. Both women have blonde hair and are from Minnesota. She started being more cautious when Jodi disappeared. "The parallels absolutely scared me to death. I immediately feared my safety. I started to look over my shoulder."

Ten years later, Wagner and Johnson Boyle are both looking for closure. Johnson Boyle says, "There were lots of theories of who might of done it. And the bottom line is to this day it's all a mystery." They both say their hearts go out to the family as this mystery remains unsolved.

A judge declared Jodi Huisentruit legally dead in 2001. Even so, family and friends cling to a sliver of hope that she's still alive, somewhere.

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xx Mystery lingers 10 years after Huisentruit's disap
« Reply #19 on: Jun 25th, 2005, 11:00pm »

Mystery lingers 10 years after Huisentruit's disappearance
By JOHN SKIPPER, Of the Globe Gazette


MASON CITY — Ten years later the mystery lingers but hope flickers, especially for those who knew and loved Jodi Huisentruit.

The KIMT-TV morning anchor disappeared on the morning of June 27, 1995, and has not been seen since.

"The great hope was always when someone thought they saw her," said JoAnn Nathe, Jodi's sister, who lives in Sauk Centre, Minn.

"Now," she said, "when there's news, it's usually when someone thinks they've found her remains. The dynamic is entirely different."

Amy Kuns is the last person known to have talked to Huisentruit. Kuns called her at her Key Apartments home when Huisentruit was late for her early morning anchor shift at KIMT. Huisentruit told Kuns, a co-worker, she was running late.

She never arrived for work.

"For some reason, the 10-year anniversary has been harder on me," said Kuns, who now works for KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn. "I'm having a tough time with this."

She said she flip-flops between having hope and no hope that the case will ever be solved.

"Sometimes I think: not in my lifetime. Other times I think with all the new technology, there can be new hope. Like CSI," she said.

Kuns said she doesn't think about it every day, but certain things make her think about it all the time.

"White vans still trigger something in my head," she said. A white van was reportedly seen near Huisentruit's apartment the morning she disappeared.

Huisentruit, who was declared legally dead several years ago, would have been 37 this year. She was the youngest of three children.

Nathe, the eldest child, was 18 years older than Jodi.

"When Jodi was in kindergarten, I was teaching kindergarten. That shows you the age difference," she said.

Their mother is 81 now and remains heart broken, said Nathe.

"Jodi was her late-in-life baby. They had a special bond. Jodi's father died when she was 13 and she and her mother did everything together. So it's been hard, really hard.'

The other sister, Jill, lives in Las Vegas.

Huisentruit grew up in Lone Prairie, Minn., and was a star golfer in high school.

A week ago, a bench at the 10th hole of the Lone Prairie Country Club was dedicated in her honor.

In Mason City, police continue to get leads — a few a month, according to Detective Lt. Ron Vande Weerd.

"The quality isn't always so good. We have psychics call and people with suggestions and people with ideas they want to bounce off us," he said. "The ultimate hope is that the person or persons responsible will be held accountable — and hopefully that will happen in our lifetimes."

Sgt. Frank Stearns said, "We don't get many leads any more but we're still keeping our eyes and ears open. When we do get a lead, we follow through on it just as aggressively as we did on the first day of the investigation."

Mike Halverson, a police captain who retired earlier this year, said he will always consider the Huisentruit case unfinished business. "I really didn't want to retire until this one was solved and early on I thought we would. It's been a long ten years. One thing's for sure," said Halverson. "Someone out there knows what happened."

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xx For Jody on 6-27-05
« Reply #20 on: Jun 27th, 2005, 05:21am »

For Jody ten years after her disappearance. Hoping that answers can be found SOON For her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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xx Re: Jodi Huisentruit - June 27, 1995 - IA
« Reply #21 on: Jun 27th, 2005, 05:23am »

No closure 10 years after Huisentruit vanished

Police and relatives of the TV anchorwoman still hope to get answers about her disappearance in 1995.

By AMANDA O'TOOLE
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
June 27, 2005
A decade has passed




A decade has passed, and still there are no answers to what happened to Jodi Huisentruit. The anchorwoman for KIMT-TV vanished from her Mason City apartment in the early morning hours of June 27, 1995.

Police currently do not have any leads in the case. No suspect has ever been arrested.

"I thought they'd find something by now," said Jodi's mother, Jane Huisentruit. "It's been a long time waiting."

Friends and family gathered Friday at a country club in Long Prairie, Minn., to commemorate Huisentruit's life. She was 27 when she disappeared. A bench at the country club was dedicated to Huisentruit, who was an avid golfer.

"It was nice, but no Jodi," said Jane Huisentruit, 81, who believes her youngest daughter is probably dead. She's losing hope whether her body will ever be found.

People close to Huisentruit aren't the only ones searching for a resolution.

Mason City Police Sgt. Frank Stearns has worked on the case since the morning authorities found her hair dryer, a pair of red shoes and a bottle of hair spray scattered around her red Mazda Miata.

"There's nothing I'd rather do in my life right now than bring closure to the family," Stearns said. "You just can't let it go. It becomes a part of you."

Police get tips and leads three or four times a month, but all have led to dead ends.

"It's consumed a lot of my life," Stearns said. "When you put as many hours on this case as I have, you can't put it out of your mind."

Family members have their own guesses about what happened to Jodi.

Jane Huisentruit said her daughter is probably at the bottom of a lake that was near Jodi's home. Mary Lee Moberg, Jodi's cousin, said she thinks a man stalked Jodi and that person probably had an accomplice.

"We just don't know," said Moberg, a resident of Little Falls, Minn. "Nothing adds up, besides something like a stalker. Some twisted-person mentally."

But Jodi's location is more important than how she disappeared or who took her, family and officials said.

"No one deserves to be laying somewhere unfound," Moberg said. "Eventually, at some point, short of someone coming forward and saying they did it, I don't know how it will happen. Something should've been found by now."

An Iowa Crime Stoppers reward is still being offered for information about Huisentruit.
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 28th, 2005, 05:34am »

Ten years ago Monday, Jodi Huisentruit disappeared on her way to work at KIMT Newschannel Three, and to this day, we don't know what happened to her. For those who worked with Jodi, they will never forget that day.

Ten years ago does seem like yesterday for those who knew and worked with Jodi. Brian Mastre was the main anchor at the time, and had the job of telling the viewers what had happened.

Brian now works at a television station in Omaha and says, "I remember getting a call in the morning and going in andbreaking in during programming and telling people someone who sits two desks away from where I was right there was missing."

Don Harman was a meteorologist at KIMT. He now works for a television station in Kansas City and says, "The world fell apart for a lot of us."

Kevin Skarupa worked the morning show with Jodi as a meteorologist. He knew it was more than Jodi oversleeping early that morning. Kevin remembers the day this way, "The police started to show up at the station and we knew it was a slightly different day than our normal morning wake up show at that point."

And those use to covering stories became part of one.

Mastre says, "I mean, the FBI is here questioning us, everyone's a suspect and at the same time we are trying to get answers from the people who are questioning us."

Now that ten years have passed, the memory of Jodi remains very strong for a lot of us.

"Probably the big thing I remember about Jodi is her laugh, her smile", said Harman.

Bob Bradovich worked in the sports department when Jodi disappeared, he now works for a television statoin in Eau Claire, WI and remembers Jodi this way, "She disappeared at a young age, but there is a legacy. Learn how to laugh, cherish your friendships and enjoy each day of your life."

And for all of us, the memory of Jodi, and the questions of what happened, are never far away.

According to Mastre, "It's still in our heads, we don't wear the ribbons anymore, but in our minds, we do."

Harman adds, "Jodi, you're out there somewhere, you've got a view of everything, so you probably have the best seat in the house. One of these days we'll probably meet again, maybe behind the anchor chair somewhere."

Police say they still get leads every now and then, but as of yet, none of them have provided any answers to so many questions surrounding her disappearance.
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xx Community Still Haunted by Missing News Anchor
« Reply #23 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 07:35am »

By ABC NEWS

July 1, 2005 — In an age when television can confer instant celebrity, there is no more certain route to recognition than anchoring the local news. In smaller television markets, like Mason City, Iowa, news anchors are the most visible people in the entire community.

In Mason City and northern Iowa, one of the big hometown stars was Jodi Huisentruit, the anchor of the morning news on KIMT.

Popularity and recognition can be a great benefit for a young ambitious local news anchor. But fame can also be dangerous. Ten years ago, Huisentruit disappeared in a case that set off one of the largest manhunts in Iowa history. Police suspect she was abducted, and they say the roots of that abduction may lie in her overwhelming ambition, her dream to be on television.

"20/20" reported on the case in 2000, and is revisiting it on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.

Huisentruit pursued her media dreams at Minnesota's St. Cloud University where she studied mass communications. Professors say she stood out at a time when more and more college students were drawn to the television spotlight.

"It's sometimes frustrating when you have students who have aspirations that are way beyond their capabilities. Jodi was one who had aspirations that were very realistic," Gretchen Tiberghien, one of Huisentruit's professors at St. Cloud, told "20/20's" Elizabeth Vargas.

After college, Huisentruit's aspirations to break into commercial television led to a job as an intern at KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her colleagues remember her as a hardworking, energetic and friendly young woman.

Colleagues at KGAN say Jodi was a fast learner. After only a year, she left Cedar Rapids for a bigger job in a smaller television market: Mason City, Iowa, a farm and family-oriented community of 30,000.

"We thought Mason City was a real safe place for Jodi to go and work. It seemed like a nice-sized town. We weren't nervous about it at all, and she seemed that — to feel that it was a step up in her career," Huisentruit's sister Joann Nathe said.


Within months after arriving in Mason City, Huisentruit was a celebrity. And a growing audience for her morning news show reflected her popularity. Former KIMT news director Doug Merbach said she was a natural fit for the station.

"People could relate to her as the girl next door and just had a Midwestern kind of personality that people around here really loved," Merbach said.


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But 18 months after she got to Mason City, she discovered a chilling dark side to the media celebrity she so desired. In autumn of 1994, Huisentruit feared one viewer was taking that sense of intimacy too far. She was convinced a suspicious van was following her.

"She got very, very nervous and was even crying when she called my mom on the phone. So, after that, she was taking even more precautions," Nathe told "20/20."

She was nervous enough to report her fears to the police.

"She thought she was being followed one morning on her way to work. And she made us aware of that right away. And we gave her escorts a few times after that. And no problems. No further problems," said Frank Stearns, of the Mason City Police Department.

Huisentruit even took a self-defense course as her concerns grew.

Underlying Huisentruit's worries, was the fact that she left for work each day before dawn. She and her behind-the-scenes producer Amy Kuns arrived at the station around 3 a.m. Occasionally, one of them would oversleep, and that's what Kuns thought had happened on the morning of June 27, 1995.

Kuns said she called Huisentruit around 4 a.m. that morning and spoke with her. She said she overslept and would be heading into the studio shortly.


Huisentruit lived only five minutes from the studio. So, when she didn't arrive at work by 4:30, Kuns left a phone message and then another. "I called about 5:00, left her another, kind of, frantic message … Honestly, at first I was really mad, because I had to edit and write and put everything together," Kuns told Vargas.

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Thinking of Jodi on her birthday. Hoping for answers soon. She is still missing but not forgotten.

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By Kyle Bosch

(KAAL) -- The weekend after Jodi Huisentruit disappeared, a local man was convinced he saw something at a lake near Mason City. It’s haunted him for almost 11 years.

Now he's one step closer to finding out if his worst fear could is true.

"I really truly believe she's right there somewhere," said Duane Arnold.

Jodi disappeared on a Tuesday. Arnold said just days later he noticed a grave shaped digging near his cabin on Eagle Lake.

"I gotta know, I gotta know,” said Arnold. “It's just eating me up, lost a lot of sleep. You can't get it out of your mind."

Now Arnold is hoping science can help him rest easy by solving the mystery of what happened to Jodi.

Arnold hired an engineering firm to survey Eagle Lake with ground penetrating radar in April. He paid $2000 dollars out of his own pocket to pay for the search.

"It's worth every penny I had to spend on it," said Arnold.

After helping map out the area, all Arnold can do is watch, wait and hope. Slowly, but surely, the survey moves forward with pulses of electricity giving a view inside the earth.

The results started coming in. Right where arnold said it would be, a target appears on the screen.

"The reading on the penetrating radar was right in the general area as I remember it from 10 1/2 years ago,” said Arnold

According to the experts, that area has the right look.

Jared Lampe with National GPR Services said "because it has the shape and boundary characteristics of a burial."

Digging is the only way to know for sure what's really under the ground. With hand tools out of the question, Duane Arnold needs more help to get the answer he's looking for.

"It's up to the Hancock County Sheriff now, they got a back hoe, I can't do it by hand," said Arnold.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Dodd said he's analyzing the new information and will make a decision on digging up the area in the next few days.

Investigators from the Mason City Police Department who work on the Huisentruit case say portions of the Eagle Lake site were already dug up a few years ago looking for the grave.

Arnold believes they missed this spot and need to find out what is in the ground.

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xx Man who thinks he knows where Jody Huisentruit is
« Reply #26 on: May 9th, 2006, 7:06pm »

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A Mason City man who has tried to convince police for a decade that the body of missing anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit is buried by a lake near Britt said police have agreed to dig in the area.

Duane Arnold, 74, said he's met with Mason City detectives several times in that time period to tell them to investigate an disturbed area of ground near Eagle Lake, where he has a cabin.

Now, after hiring an engineering company to study the area, he said police have agreed to dig in the ground to see if there are new clues in the case.

"It's not a matter if they are going to dig it, it's a matter of when," said Duane Arnold in an interview today with the Des Moines Register.

Arnold said he met with officials from the Hancock county sheriff's department and the Mason City police department to talk about the matter today.

Police in Mason City and the sheriff from the Hancock county sheriff's department have not returned phone calls on the story, which has generated national media attention from outlets planning on featuring the missing anchorwoman's disappearance.

Huisentruit is the anchorwoman for KIMT-TV who vanished from her Mason City apartment in the early morning hours of June 27, 1995.

Arnold said he met Huisentruit at a bar in Mason City before her disappearance and has been driven to solve the mystery with her memory in mind.

"I had to have closure," he said. "I couldn't let it go. I had to know. I knew I was right. I kept running into roadblocks. I'd go home, get mad, and I'd go after it again. And now it's paying off."

In June of 2005 near the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance, the Register reported that police had no new leads in the case.
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« Reply #27 on: May 10th, 2006, 1:16pm »

by Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City

Another possible lead has dried up in the case of Jodi Huisentruit, the Mason City TV anchorwoman who vanished 11 years ago. Mason City and Hancock County authorities yesterday dug up the area where Duane Arnold of Mason City thought could be a possible grave-site near his cabin along Eagle Lake near Britt. Arnold had paid thousands of dollars in hiring an engineering firm to use ground-penetrating radar to survey the land.

The firm’s results confirmed there was something there, but they were not sure what it could be. Authorities yesterday found that it was a layer of bricks and rocks which is suspected to have been dumped there for fill. Mason City police Lieutenant Ron Vande Weerd says in a written statement that investigators did not find any new evidence or information.

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« Reply #28 on: May 17th, 2006, 1:46pm »

Article by KCCI Channel 8

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Dozens of phone calls have poured into Pottawattamie County authorities since the discovery of a body was found in a barrel was announced on Friday.

Mushroom hunters found the remains of a woman believed to have been murdered and sealed in a barrel years ago in Council Bluffs. Pottawattamie County officials said on Friday that the body was discovered Saturday, and tests were performed this week to learn more about the victim.

The woman was approximately 24 to 32 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. She is believed to be Caucasian, but could have black ancestry. She had straight brown hair.

Wilber said the remains are not those of Tracy Tribble, who is missing and was last seen in her Council Bluffs home on May 3. They are also not the remains of missing Omaha 12-year-old Amber Harris. Wilber said the physical description also does not match that of missing Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit.

Many of the phone calls taken by authorities over the weekend came from the families of missing persons.

"A family loses a loved one, they never give up hope they never give up looking, if for no other reason than to get closure," said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber. "Right now, we're trying to sift through the leads and figuring out which ones are potential good leads and which ones are hopeful."

Wilber said the county wants a dental expert to take a look at the victim's teeth, and professionals will also try to reconstruct the woman's face to try to make identifying her easier.

"Our No. 1 priority is identifying our victim," Wilber said. "I know every time a family even hears a whisper of a story like this it puts a sick feeling in their stomach, because they're wondering could this be it."

Wilber said one of the biggest difficulties authorities are having in narrowing the list of possible victims in this case. They're not sure exactly how long the remains have been sitting in the barrel.

"Our anthropologist couldn't give us a narrow range of times. We've got a lot of potential missing people our victim could be," Wilber said.

Wilber said he's confident investigators will be able to identify the woman.

"If we make an ID, if nothing else, even if we can't prosecute the case, we can give one family some closure," Wilber said.

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« Reply #29 on: Jun 26th, 2006, 7:17pm »

By BOB LINK, Of The Globe Gazette

MASON CITY — When Jodi Huisentruit disappeared 11 years ago, the World Wide Web was in its infancy.

News of the anchorwoman’s disappearance on June 27, 1995, made newspaper headlines, television special segments and radio reports across the country.

Today, after years of investigation, false leads and continued search, the case remains on the national radar, including on the Internet.

Huisentruit, then a 27-year-old news anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City, failed to show up for work after talking briefly to a colleague during the early morning.

She then vanished, leaving personal items scattered near her car in the apartment complex where she lived.

Major Internet search engines provide hundreds of opportunities to read stories and message board and blog entries regarding Huisentruit, as well to view photos and video reports about the young woman and the people searching for her.

Keith Hanson, who lives in Clear Lake, worked at KIMT-TV when Huisentruit disappeared.

“It went up shortly after the day it happened,” said Hanson of his Web site. “I put the page together as another means of getting the word out.”

The site, located at http://www.showcase.netins.net/web/keithh/missing.htm includes photos and descriptions of Huisentruit, along with information from the time she disappeared.

Hanson said the site has received 19,854 hits since 1999, when technology first allowed him to count.

“Interest in the page has waned as time has gone on,” said Hanson. “It is averaging only 14 hits a day now.”

Hanson posts e-mail submissions from site readers to a guest book, often including a disclaimer that information is personal opinion.

“Some of it is really off the wall,” said Hanson. “Crackpot, weird stuff.

“And looking at the hit counter statistics, it’s interesting to see some of the countries people have hit the site from, including places like Iran, Luxembourg and the Faroe Islands.”

Hanson said he hopes the site will serve as a place where any new information can be shared. He also provides links to other sites where current and topical information is available.

Minnesota media also pay particularly close attention to the story. Huisentruit was a Minnesota native who also worked in that state before coming to Mason City.

Josh Benson is a television reporter who worked at KAAL-TV in Austin, Minn. He joined Gary Peterson in a series called “The Huisentruit File.”

Following three years of research, the two established the site www.findjodi.com.

Benson now lives in Tucson Ariz., and works at KVOA-TV, an NBC affiliate. He and Peterson continue to operate the site.

“We thought it would be good to have a place where people could get information,” he said. “We also offer people a chance to post things that they know.”

Benson doubts the real story has been posted.

“What I’m noticing is a lot of posts from psychics, people who claim they have a vision of this or a vision of that,” he said. “Some of it is pretty strange.”

Benson said interest in the site has spiked during times when the case is in the news, like this spring when law enforcement did a dig in Hancock County. He said the site received 2,400 hits during the unsuccessful excavation.

“On the average it gets from 50 to 60 hits a day,” said Benson.

Benson said he hopes the Web site can provide a break in the case.

“I don’t expect that the information will solve the case,” he said. “But hopefully it will provide a lead that will spark something that leads to an arrest.”

Marilyn Drury, the director for educational technology at the University of Northern Iowa, said the Internet unites people with common interests.

“In terms of people that utilize the Internet for something like this,” Drury said, “it’s like it gives them a sense of community.”

She said people with similar losses or concerns can relate to the Huisentruit story.

“The other thing is that Huisenruit was a somewhat public figure and people take an interest in the case,” Drury said.

“The key to Web sites that do provide information is that they’re accurate and correct,” she said. “And you have to be very careful about what you read in blogs or message boards.

“Some people think that what they see on the Internet is always the truth,” she said. “People need to consider the source.”

Investigators in the case say they’re aware of the Internet information and it does serve a purpose.

“I try to watch a couple of different Web sites,” said Lt. Ron Vande Weerd of the Mason City Police Department. “But the biggest thing that it does is keep the case out there in the public eye. It helps people remember. We certainly don’t want things forgotten.”

Vande Weerd said law enforcement is leery of getting too involved in the Internet exchange.

“An investigation like this needs a certain element of surprise,” he said.

“If someone knows we’re looking at a certain aspect, it could potentially give a suspect an opportunity to organize a lie.

“We want the public to be aware of the case,” Vande Weerd said, “but it is important that we protect the integrity of the case.”

For more Web sites that contain material dealing with the Jodi Huisentruit case, click here, here, here and here.

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