MASON CITY | Documents related to a search warrant against a person of interest in the Jodi Huisentruit case will remain sealed for another year, documents say.
In March 2017, the Mason City Police Department executed a search warrant against John Vansice, whose legal name is Arthur John Vansice.
Vansice is named on the search warrant for GPS data from a 1999 Honda Civic and 2013 GMC 1500.
The warrant was sealed the same day, meaning no other information is publicly available about why the search was ordered, or what was discovered. In October 2017, a judge ordered the documents would remain sealed for another year.
On Sept. 26, Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney Brendon Moe filed an application to extend the seal. Two days later, Magistrate Rolf Aronsen granted the order to extend the seal for another year, through Sept. 28, 2019.
Vansice, who now lives in Arizona, was an acquaintance of Huisentruit and is believed to be one of the last people to see the 27-year-old KIMT anchor alive.
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.
Vansice said he passed a polygraph test shortly after Huisentruit’s disappearance on June 27, 1995.
Huisentruit told a colleague she was on her way to work early that morning, but never showed up. Police found signs of a struggle outside her Mason City apartment. She was declared legally dead in May 2001.
In 2004, police checked the basement of a home formerly occupied by Vansice, but said the search yielded no new information.
Anyone with information about Huisentruit’s disappearance is asked to contact Mason City Police Lt. Rich Jensen at 641-421-3636.