Seven other murders within the last 40 years remain unsolved in Mason City:
Norma Jean Horgen
Norma Jean Horgen, 18, was found in floating in Clear Lake on Oct. 10, 1962. A native of St. Ansgar and student at the Mason City School of Cosmetology, she was last seen alive by a girl friend at 11:40 p.m. Her body was found 20 hours later by a fisherman. A Las Vegas man was indicted by a grand jury 26 years after the incident and charged with first-degree murder. The charge was later dismissed.
Andy Hatges, 76, owner of West Vu Market, 2601 Fourth St. S.W., was found dead on March 8, 1968, in his home after he didn't open the store that morning. He was found lying face down near a corner of his living room with his throat slashed, according to police records. Bruises and cuts were found on his hands, and a crescent wrench was found under his body.
Charles Hines, 45, was found on the sidewalk outside the Delaware Tap at 11 S. Delaware Ave. at 2:45 a.m. Aug. 2, 1975. Police believe someone assaulted him. Investigators were checking out the report of a fight involving Hines when the body was found.
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Elgin Strait, 80, was found March 17, 1977, shot in the back of the head with a shotgun in a basement bed at his home at 1302 S. Hampshire Ave.
Fifteen-day-old Dillon Luna, son of Joseph and Christine Luna, was found dead of smoke inhalation April 30, 1992, as his parents' home at 1429 N. Federal Ave. burned to the ground. The fire that destroyed the Luna home, thought by officials to be the result of arson, was ignited in the living room, according to the fire marshal's investigation.
John Snyder Jr.
John Snyder Jr., age 1, son of John Snyder and Lisa Sellmann, was reported missing the morning of July 20, 1994, from his father's apartment on South Adams Avenue near the corner of State Street. He was found two days later in Willow Creek.
Jodi Huisentruit, 27, was abducted in the parking lot of Key Apartments between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. June 27, 1995. She was reported missing by her co-workers at KIMT TV when she didn't report to work. Despite national television exposure and an exhaustive investigation, she has not been found.