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Walk remembers Jodi Huisentruit 20 years later

Walk remembers Jodi Huisentruit 20 years later


MASON CITY | It's been 20 years since Jodi Huisentruit vanished, but Mary Jane Porter has never quit thinking about the missing Mason City news anchor.

Porter and about 35 other supporters walked on Saturday in memory of the missing KIMT anchor.

"I ride my bike a lot and everywhere I go I think about her," said Porter, who remembered watching Huisentruit on television. "Every time I'm by a stream or a forest. And I hope she's found some day."

Huisentruit, 27, went missing on June 27, 1995.

Officials believe she was abducted shortly after 4 a.m. as she went to her car in the parking lot of Key Apartments, where she lived.

Sunday's walk began at Riverside Friends Church, which is across the street from the apartment complex.

Former Key Apartment manager Rose Tobin has never stopped hoping Huisentruit would be found. Tobin, manager at the time Huisentruit went missing, still holds out hope the case will be solved.

"I'm hoping and praying that something, some day will be said that will lead to the person who abducted her," Tobin said.

Shari Haugen and Sue Hakes, both of Clear Lake, also came to support the effort to find Huisentruit.

Before the incident, Haugen's daughter got an autographed picture of Huisentruit during her kindergarten class's tour of the KIMT studios. The family watched her on television.

The anchor's disappearance, like other high-profile missing cases, has stuck with Haugen over the years.

"With Jacob Wetterling and Johnny Gosch, all those people you still remember and you just wonder," she said.

Hakes never thought the case would go so long.

"I thought they'd find her just within a short period of time and everything would be O.K.," she said. "And, as it drug on and on and on, I just kind of thought, wow, this kind of stuff doesn't happen here."

The walk ended at KIMT studios. That's where investigators believe Huisentruit was headed the morning she disappeared.

It was sponsored by, a group of journalists and retired police officers who follow the Huisentruit case.



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