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No. 1 - Search warrant in Huisentruit case, March 16

No. 1 - Search warrant in Huisentruit case, March 16

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A bumper sticker for missing KIMT-TV anchor Jodi Huisentruit.

The Mason City Police Department has executed a search warrant against a person of interest in the Jodi Huisentruit case, according to a nonprofit website dedicated to educating the public about the missing woman. 

John Vansice, whose legal name is Arthur John Vansice, is named on the March 2017 search warrant for GPS data from a 1999 Honda Civic and 2013 GMC 1500, reported. 

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.

The warrant is sealed because investigation in the case is ongoing, Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen said. He said it's not unusual for search warrants in ongoing cases like Huisentruit's to be sealed. 

"Release of information included in the search warrant could jeopardize that (Huisentruit) investigation," Dalen said. 

The police department continues to actively work the 22-year-old case of the missing KIMT-TV anchorwoman, Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said via email to the Globe Gazette. 

“The search warrant you are referring to is part of our ongoing investigation,” Brinkley said. “We do not have any public comment at this time about the content of the search warrant or the person(s) named in it.”

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. 

– Ashley Miller


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