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    Jodi Huisentruit (27), News anchor missing from Mason City, IA since June 27, 1995

    Website set up to help find her: http://www.findjodi.com/


    After 18 Years, Team Continues Search For Jodi Huisentruit


    She was a beautiful, blonde TV anchor that went missing nearly two decades ago. Jodi Huisentruit was declared legally dead in 2001. She would have turned 45 on Wednesday.

    No one has ever been arrested for the disappearance of the Iowa news anchor but a team of experts in different fields from across the country have come together to work her case on a website called FindJodi.com.

    It?s considered a growing trend in fighting crime, taking a community approach to find answers.

    For a family that?s gone on without her for almost 18 years, Huisentruit is much more than the missing woman a generation has grown to know.

    JoAnn Nathe is Huisentruit?s oldest sister. She does all she can to keep the memory of her baby sister alive.

    ?If you don?t keep it out there then it will die,?Nathe said.

    Lt. Frank Sterns is the only officer still with the Mason City Police Department since that morning the anchorwoman never made it to work.

    ?Mason City has not forgotten Jodi. I don?t think America has forgotten Jodi,? Lt. Stearns said.

    They found Huisentruit?s blowdryer, car keys and red high heels scattered across her apartment parking lot.

    ?We?ve made some headway but as far as being able to say are we getting closer to solving her case, no. We really haven?t made that much headway in the case,? Lt. Stearns said.

    The department still takes at least a couple of calls a month on the case and only dedicates time to investigate if there are new clues.

    A hundred and fifty miles from Mason City, a then-detective for the Woodbury Police Department, Jay Alberio believed a serial rapist they arrested in the mid 90s, may have been the man with answers.

    Tony Jackson, serving a life sentence for multiple rapes in Minnesota, has always maintained his innocence in Huisentruit?s case. With no body and no physical evidence, police haven?t been able to prove anything.

    Still, Jackson remains on a list of several men, investigators haven?t ruled out.

    ?Somebody has gotten away with murder for 18 years. People can?t get away with murder,? Alberio said.

    Alberio has since retired as a Commander with the Woodbury Police Department. He has put his passion for Huisentruit?s case to work since he retired.

    He is one of six professionals from across the country in law enforcement and media, looking back on this case to move it forward.

    Tara Manis is another team member. She?s a TV producer living in Miami, Florida.

    ?You never know whose going to see it, what it will job in their memory and what lead we?ll get in next,? Manis said.

    FindJodi.com became a nonprofit three years ago. WCCO sat in one of the group?s monthly meetings on Skype to watch them go over new leads.

    Beth Bednar is another team member. She wrote a book called ?Dead Air? about Huisentruit?s case.

    ?It?s intensely personal for all of us,? Bednar said.

    The other team members include: former WCCO crime reporter Caroline Lowe, TV anchor and reporter Josh Benson, investigative reporter and death scene investigator, Gary Peterson.

    Over the last decade, the internet has made it possible to do this kind of online detective work. Websleuthing, as it?s called, has been credited for solving cold cases all across the country. It?s what happens in that very public process that police departments are still trying to figure out how to handle.

    A professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota, Chris Uggen worries about the potential harm in what can sometimes be considered an online witch hunt.

    ?It?s a bit of a wild west out there,? he said.

    Anonymous comments make it easy to point fingers and in some cases, the consequences can be serious.

    ?Even under the most controlled circumstances you are playing with fire in a certain sense,? Uggen said.

    Uggen believes cold case websites need to exercise some kind of editorial control and establish a good working relationship with the police department that?s handling the crime.

    FindJodi.com has done that with the Mason City Police Department. The team has been working with police for years.

    ?Has it lead to an arrest? No it hasn?t. But they?ve forwarded tips to us,? Lt. Stearns said.

    For a family still waiting to know what happened, they?ll take the help no matter where it comes from as they begin another June without Jodi.

    ?We want to answers. We want to find her,? Nathe said.

    An annual golf tournament will be held for Jodi in her hometown of Long Prairie, Minnesota on June 14.

    Beginning on June 25, the FindJodi team will be live tweeting Huisentruit?s last 48 hours before she disappeared on June 27. You can sign up for updates on Jodi?s case on www.FindJodi.com.

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    http://www.kcci.com/article/police-o...-case/19472930

    Police obtain search warrant in missing news anchor case

    KIMT News 3 learned that within the past year, Mason City police requested a search warrant of two vehicles.

    Those vehicles belong to Arthur “John” Vansice.

    According to online court documents, police requested in March 2017 GPS data for a 1999 Honda Civic and 2013 GMC 1500, which is giving hope to Hook.
    KCCI-TV

    “Just being an open case for so long I, think it would be very good to know what happened, what her last hours, days, were like,” he said.

    Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said he can't discuss why the two vehicles are important to the case or details about the search warrant.

    “There’s investigative integrity that we are looking to preserve,” Brinkley said. “I’m not going to talk about the technology that we use to do this kind of stuff.”
    KCCI-TV

    But he does want the public to know they aren’t done searching.

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    http://globegazette.com/news/local/w...62aafa418.html

    Who is John Vansice? Arizona man remains a 'person of interest' in Jodi Huisentruit case, police say

    Vansice, now 72 and living in Arizona, was an acquaintance of Huisentruit and is believed to be one of the last people to see the 27-year-old woman alive.

    According to a Globe Gazette article published July 2, 1995, Vansice said he passed a polygraph test shortly after Huisentruit’s disappearance on June 27, 1995.
    He videotaped a birthday party he threw for Huisentruit just days before her disappearance. Vansice said Huisentruit was at his house the night before her disappearance, watching that tape.

    In 2004, police checked the basement of a home formerly occupied by Vansice, but said the search yielded no new information.

    However, Vansice remains a “person of interest” in the case, Lt. Frank Stearns told the Globe Gazette in 2010.

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    http://www.ketv.com/article/billboar...nchor/21058169

    Billboard campaign draws new attention to case of Missing Iowa TV anchor

    The case of a missing Iowa TV anchor is getting renewed attention ahead of another anniversary of her abduction.

    The nonprofit Findjodi.com is putting up four billboards in Mason City, which will be dedicated at an event June 5. According to its website, volunteers will also hand out flyers in the area. June 5 would be Husientruit's 50th birthday.

    Findjodi.com consists of a team of volunteers including journalists and retired law enforcement. It was developed in 2003 and has since become the premier resource for information on the Huisentruit case.

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    I give you guys Tons of Props for keeping up w these cases!! I'm glad you do.
    That's the reason I stopped posting though, it's a lot to keep up w especially if you have numerous cases you've posted.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michell...i-huisentruit/

    Is the killer of an Iowa teen linked to missing news anchor Jodi Huisentruit?

    In late June of 1995, Jodi Huisentruit, a young anchor at KIMT television in Mason City, Iowa, disappeared from the parking lot of her apartment building on the way to work, never to be seen again. The case got nationwide media attention but has remained an unsolved mystery for the past 25 years.

    Now, the solving of another long-cold case—a young blonde woman murdered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, two hours away may shed new light on Huisentruit's disappearance and presumed murder.

    The murder of Michelle Martinko in the parking lot of Cedar Rapids' Westdale Mall has some eerie connections to the Huisentruit case. And the crucial link is a man named Jerry Burns. "Murder at the Mall: The Michelle Martinko Case," reported by "48 Hours" contributor Jamie Yuccas, airs on Saturday, November 7 at 10/9c on CBS.

    Martinko was 18, a senior in high school in 1979, when she was accosted as she was getting into her car on a chilly night in December following a trip to the mall. A struggle followed in which Michelle was stabbed and sliced by a knife almost 30 times in a horrific murder that police initially believed had to be a crime of passion.

    "It looks personal, it's a lot of stab wounds, it's overkill," said lead Detective Matt Denlinger of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. "It's always the boyfriend, the girlfriend, the husband — someone really close to the person."

    Whoever the killer was, he had come prepared. Police found impressions from rubber gloves inside and outside the car, indicating that the assailant had likely planned his attack and hoped to escape unidentified

    Denlinger took over the case in 2015, part of a second generation of cops who had struggled for decades to solve this seemingly unsolvable murder. In fact, his father Harvey, now 85, had been one of the original officers on the case 40 years earlier. But detectives had been stymied. They had investigated more than 100 people over the years, and all were dead ends.

    What began to turn the case around was the emergence of DNA as a forensic tool for crime fighting in the late 1990s. The primary evidence police had to go on was blood on Michelle's dress and on the car's gearshift that in 2005 was finally identified as male DNA.

    Police sent the blood samples to CODIS — the nationwide data base of DNA collected from arrested offenders — but didn't get a hit. They then started to locate all the people that they had originally interviewed in the investigation and collected DNA samples from over 100 different people.

    Denlinger had to consider that Michelle could have been murdered by a stranger. And he had the daunting task of trying to figure out who that could be, armed only with an unidentified sample of blood DNA.

    After reading about the Golden State Killer case in 2018, in which serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo was finally caught through a long trail of DNA, Denlinger had an epiphany: perhaps he could use that same new technique to solve the Martinko case. "That was big, national news," said Denlinger. "I read the article and it talked about genetic genealogy. And I went 'bingo'."

    Denlinger began contacting genealogy companies for help in trying to find a family tree that could lead to the person whose DNA matched that found at the crime scene. He began working with Parabon NanoLabs, now a leading company helping police solve crimes through genetic tracing.

    Through his research, he discovered that a woman named Brandy Jennings had uploaded her DNA to a website service to trace her own family history. It showed that she was a distant relative of the person whose DNA was found at the crime scene — a second cousin once removed. So Denlinger drew up an elaborate genealogy chart going back to Brandy's great-great grandparents to sleuth out a trail that could lead to the killer's DNA

    After weeks pursuing a wide range of possible blood relatives, Parabon helped him narrow the search down to three middle-aged brothers in Iowa who would have been young men back in 1979: Ken, Don and Jerry Burns. Denlinger followed each of the brothers around clandestinely, waiting for them to discard an item containing their DNA, and then sent the collected samples to the crime lab. Ken and Don were not a match — but Jerry Burns' DNA was a match, to an almost perfect scientific certainty. Denlinger had found the needle in the haystack.

    "I was speechless," Denlinger says, recalling the moment the lab told him the results.

    Subsequently he interviewed Jerry Burns, who denied knowing or ever meeting Michelle Martinko. But the jury found the DNA connection convincing and after a nine-day trial, Burns was convicted of first-degree murder. The case was solved, but there were lingering questions about Jerry Burns.

    Police had searched his computer after arresting him, and found a history of searches pertaining to nefarious subjects including the murder of blonde women, and pornographic matter involving blonde women. This evidence was inadmissible at trial but was the subject of a public suppression hearing.

    In his video interview with police right before his arrest, Burns, unsolicited, mentioned the name of Jodi Huisentruit as he was being questioned about the Martinko case. When Denlinger reminded Burns that Michelle had been killed in 1979, Burns responded, "It was a big deal. I don't exactly remember what happened, seen something about Jodi Huisentruit  recently."  

    The similarities were eerie — two pretty, young women, both meeting their final fate in parking lots in Iowa, 16 years apart, in cases that went unsolved for decades.

    There is no known DNA evidence tying Burns to the Huisentruit case and no evidence that he knew Jodi Huisentruit. Mason City police won't disclose whether or not they are now looking at Jerry Burns as a suspect in that case.

    Could Jerry Burns have committed murders other than Michelle Martinko's? When asked that question by "48 Hours," Denlinger replied, "I don't know the answer to that. My gut tells me there's probably something else out there."

    Michelle's case thread:http://mydeathspace.com/vb/showthrea...light=martinko

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    I've always wondered what really happened to Jodi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by up2trouble View Post
    I've always wondered what really happened to Jodi.
    It's one of the cases I would really like an answer to!

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/convicted-...ry?id=82473177

    Convicted rapist speaks out from prison, denies connection to decades-old cold case

    Tony Dejuan Jackson, a serial rapist, has served 23 years of a life sentence after being convicted in 1998 and 1999 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and first-degree burglary in the Minneapolis area. But questions about the unsolved disappearance of a local TV anchor continue to follow him.

    Three years before Jackson was convicted, local television anchor Jodi Huisentruit disappeared from Mason City, Iowa, where Jackson lived at the time. A journalist in Minnesota covering Jackson's case suggested to Mason City police that he might be a good person to investigate in relation to Huisentruit's case.

    For over two decades, he has steadfastly denied any connection to Huisentruit and her disappearance.

    "All that I can tell you about Jodi Huisentruit is that she has become a central part of my life since I've been incarcerated," Jackson told "20/20" in a 2021 interview from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater. "It's been something that I've been, for many years, hoping will be resolved so that that stigma can be taken away from me so that I can rest."
    Two years after Huisentruit went missing, Jackson was charged with a series of violent rapes that took place in and around the Twin Cities, about 2 1/2 to three hours north of Mason City, Iowa.

    Jackson said the crimes are unrelated.

    "It's unfortunate that people try to take rape and murder and put it all together as one big heinous act and say that if you had did this, you would have done this," said Jackson.

    According to a local news report, a jail informant named Dennis Goff said he had briefly served time with Jackson while Jackson was awaiting trial for the 1997 rapes. Goff claimed he gained Jackson's confidence and that Jackson told him he had murdered an anchor woman and also allegedly recited a rap with lyrics that might lead to where Huisentruit's body might be found.

    The lyrics allegedly suggested that Huisentruit's body was in Tiffin, Iowa, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Mason City.

    It was uncovered that Jackson had bought a car the day before Huisentruit went missing, but Jackson has repeatedly denied all allegations surrounding his alleged conversation with Goff and the rap lyrics.

    "I'm telling you right now, I'd never been to Tiffin, Iowa. Never traveled to Tiffin, Iowa," said Jackson. "I would imagine that Tiffin, Iowa, is pretty much kinda like all of the other small towns in Iowa. That if a Black male introduced himself in Tiffin, Iowa, somebody would remember that."

    After Goff's tip, a Tiffin, Iowa, silo was searched with cadaver dogs in 1998, but the canines did not find any sign of human remains.

    In 1999, police officially cleared Jackson in relation to the disappearance of Huisentruit.

    "It's circumstantial evidence he did purchase a car the day before she went missing, putting the mileage on the vehicle that I can't substantiate. [But] Tony Jackson's DNA has not matched any evidence of ours," Terrence Prochaska, of the Mason City Police Department, said in 2016.

    "We've had no reports or indications that he had anything to do with Jodi Huisentruit's disappearance," Prochaska added.

    For now, Jackson continues to try to separate his name from the Huisentruit case.

    "The problem about theories is that they're not facts," said Jackson. "I did not kill Jodi Huisentruit or, in any way, had anything to do with whatever is going on with her demise."
    ABC News

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    She has now been missing for as many years as she was alive

    https://www.newsnationnow.com/missin...de-it-to-work/

    Missing: TV anchor Jodi Huisentruit never made it to work
    Last edited by raisedbywolves; 06-30-2022 at 08:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    She has now been missing for as many years as she was alived

    https://www.newsnationnow.com/missin...de-it-to-work/

    Missing: TV anchor Jodi Huisentruit never made it to work
    So sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    She has now been missing for as many years as she was alive

    https://www.newsnationnow.com/missin...de-it-to-work/

    Missing: TV anchor Jodi Huisentruit never made it to work
    I hope her family get closure someday.
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