It’s soon to be that notoriously memorable day again, June 27th–A day that will mark the 17th year since the disappearance of Mason City, Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit. For the past 17 years, dedicated efforts have kept this mystery story alive. From national television attention, newspaper articles, search and rescue teams, and even launching websites, the Jodi Huistentruit case has been an open wound for almost two decades around the United States. But it’s even more serious for those who have it hit close to home.
For those of you who are not familiar with the case, here’s some brief background information on the case. Jodi Huisentruit was the morning anchor for KIMT-TV out of Mason City, Iowa. On the morning of June 27th, 1995, Jodi had overslept which led to news producer Amy Kuns to call her at her apartment. At approximately 3:45 a.m. Kuns called and woke Jodi up. Jodi drowsily responded that she would be at the station within a few minutes. Thinking that this was another routine slip for Jodi as she occasionally overslept, Kuns went on producing the morning Daybreak newscast.
However, strangely enough, Jodi never did show up. Time crept by and Kuns became concerned, but did not take further action as she had talked to Jodi on the phone. By the time 6 a.m. had arrived, Jodi still had not arrived at the station. Kuns had to fill in for the newscast. By the time Kuns signed off from the morning newscast, Jodi still had not arrived at work. Kuns, now adamantly concerned, insisted that the police needed to be notified.
Upon arriving at Jodi’s apartment complex only minutes from the KIMT television station, police officials found a shocking scene at Huisentruit’s red Mazda Miata. Investigators have come up with the conclusion that Jodi was attacked from behind as she was unlocking her car in the early morning darkness. Her key was found bent in the door lock, and it is assumed she dropped her red shoes, her purse, a bottle of hair spray, keys, and earrings in order to defend herself from her attacker. In addition, police found a palm print, some blood, and even drag marks on the pavement leading away from her car.
Numerous leads and tips have come in over the years, but none have solved the mystery. This story, although nationally recognized, truly hits close to home for those who live in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota. This year, the case is getting a different type of recognition… in the form of a play. Spring Valley, Minnesota will be hosting a production titled “Fade to Black.” The play will be an actual acted out account of the days leading up to her disappearance.
The show opens Wednesday, June 27th through Saturday, June 30th. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Spring Valley Community Center. Tickets are $12. A re-cap of the performance will be available next week in a sequel to this posting. For more information, visit www.findjodi.com where you can find further in-depth investigation details or even donate. Feel free to comment with thoughts, theories, or general comments.