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Huisentruit disappearance reaches 20th anniversary

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MASON CITY — This year marked the 20th anniversary of KIMT anchor Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance from the parking lot of her Mason City apartment building.

As a tribute for the anniversary, researchers held a “Walk for Jodi: Finishing the Journey” on June 27.

The researchers include journalists and retired police officers who followed the Huistentruit case and are dedicated to solving it.

The walk began at Riverside Friends Church, across the street from Key Apartments where Huisentruit lived, and ended at the KIMT television station. Researchers said the walk was meant to finish Huisentruit’s journey to work, where she was headed when she disappeared.

More than 35 supporters walked in memory of Huisentruit.

Huisentruit, who was 27 at the time, disappeared shortly after 4 a.m. on June 27, 1995, and is believed to have been abducted.

When Huisentruit missed her scheduled 6 a.m. news broadcast, station management called the police who found Huisentruit’s red high heels, blow dryer, hair spray and earrings strewn across the lot.

Several neighbors said they heard a scream and saw a white van in the lot around the time she would have been heading to work.

Police found a partial palm print on Huisentruit’s red car and a bent car key, but there were no other substantial clues or leads at the scene.

Over the years, people have reported leads. Although the leads haven’t amounted to anything, law enforcement says it continues to search.

The case has been featured on unsolved crime TV shows such as “Dateline,” which bring in more calls and tips from across the country.

Huisentruit was legally declared dead in 2001.

This article is part of a year in review series, which details the Globe Gazette’s most popular stories of 2015.


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