Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J Is for Jodi Huisentruit

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




News anchors have always been vulnerable to stalkers. The work itself also puts them at risk, since they're forced to interact with shady characters. But for morning news anchors, getting up in before sunrise to leave home alone may pose one of the biggest risks of all.

Jodi Huisentruit was a morning news anchor for a Mason City, Iowa TV station.



On the morning of June 27, 1995 producer Amy Kuns noticed Jodi hadn't shown up at her usual 3 a.m. start time. Around 4 a.m., she called Jodi's apartment. Jodi answered, saying she had overslept and would be right in.



At 6 a.m., when she still hadn't shown up, Amy filled in for her as they went live. When she still hadn't arrived at 7 a.m., the station called the police. They found her car with keys on the ground next to it, as though she'd been interrupted while unlocking it.



They also found other personal items on the ground. The driver's side mirror had been bent back as though it had been bumped in an altercation. There were drag marks found in the dirt near her car.




When questioned, neighbors said they'd heard screaming around 5 a.m., but nobody called the police. One man reported seeing a light-colored van parked in the parking lot with its lights on around that time.



As of today, there have been no real leads. Her body has never been found. She just disappeared.

What do you think happened to Jodi Huisentruit?

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56 comments:

  1. Death. Without much doubt. And, given she was late, it may have been a really unlucky accident that she was still home at the wrong time. Someone planning a burgulary?

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    1. I think that's probably it--or a drug deal. 4 a.m. is early, but you're getting into "morning" at that point, so I'm surprised. You would think crimes would happen closer to midnight than dawn!

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  2. Heard screaming but didn't call the police. Wow, people!
    Sadly, I think she's long since dead and dumped somewhere.

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    1. I was thinking back on life in an apartment and I know if I'd heard a scream, I would have looked out the window. If I'd seen nothing, I would have wondered if maybe it was someone who had just been easily spooked. There was another story where someone was shot in the early morning hours and I believe there was a scream. People called police then. I wonder if the absence of gunshots (or anything visual) kept people from calling.

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    2. Most people "don't want to get involved." A friend of mine almost died because of people afraid to act on another's behalf.

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  3. Nice neighbours. I wouldn't want to live in that neighbourhood. I think what happened, unfortunately, is pretty clear. She was abducted. These type of stories just break my heart and make me feel sick.
    But I do still love your theme.

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    1. Yeah, that part of it is pretty obvious and I'm a little surprised how often it happens to women who live alone. I lived in a gated community when I lived in an apartment alone but the gate was broken half the time I lived there. And that part of town has gotten way shady since I lived there, so you'd have to worry more about your neighbors than the people passing through!

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  4. Because she didn't leave the house at her normal time, it makes you think that it wasn't planned. These kinds of stories make you realize that something bad can happen at any time. Scary.

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    1. I agree...although I guess if someone were really determined, he'd sit and wait, but it does seem random.

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  5. I agree with E.C., sounds like she was leaving home at the wrong time. But then, you gotta wonder if she was working on any stories that someone didn't want brought to light. Sad no one called the police when they heard screams.

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    1. That could be the case...someone did say he saw the van parked there. Could have been parked for a while.

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  6. Sadly, Jodi is probably dead. Glad her neighbors aren't mine.

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    1. I have a feeling even if they'd called the police, they would have been gone by the time someone arrived.

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  7. I think we all like to think we would call the police if we heard screaming but people don't. It's like the car alarm effect. We never thing the alarm is real or we don't want it to be. Anyway, maybe it was a sex slave kidnapping and that's why she hasn't been found...but she is probably dead.

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    1. I agree...people just don't know what to do. You hate to call the police if it's just someone playing around. How many times have you heard someone scream, only to look and find it's just someone whose boyfriend is chasing her with a spider or something?!

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  8. I was thinking stalker whether because she made someone mad with a news story or because they were fanciful about loving her until you mentioned that she was late. Now it could be that, but also opens it to wrong place wrong time stuff. Did she see something she shouldn't maybe with that van? People who conduct their business at that time don't want witnesses. Although with her spilled stuff at the car, looks like she might have been the target.

    The scream may or may not have been her, but I can see easily how it would be remembered later, but not acted on at the time. I grew up in a neighborhood where a scream would make me look, but not really rouse much suspicion if there wasn't more. Prostitutes and drug addicts, drunks, drug deals and gangs were loud at night and early morning. Even in a nicer neighborhood an isolated scream wouldn't necessitate a call to the cops if there wasn't a visual of something else. Poor gal!

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    1. Good point--with the spilled stuff, it looks like someone came up behind her and grabbed her. There also must have been an altercation for her mirror to have been found like that, unless he just bumped it while dragging her away.

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  9. This is why there are those defense sessions when people tell you to scream fire. People at least call something when the word 'fire' is yelled. Poor woman, most likely dead. Sad.

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    1. Isn't that weird? I always thought it was strange. Like, "People won't call the police if someone is being murdered, but a fire could affect THEM, so they'll call!"

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  10. Oh that's an interesting one. Had she only gone to work on time, she might be alive and well.

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  11. A very unsettling case... I think she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I bet this guy knew her and may have been stalking her. Why did she overslept? What happened before this happened. People saw a light colored van parked in the parking lot with it's lights on. It was so early in the morning when no one is usually around at that hour. Who ever it was must had own vehicle ready to take her away.

    He must have pushed her hard to bend her key in the lock. He forcefully took her away so he must have raped her killed her to cover his crime and disposed of her body somewhere. It's so terrible what human being can do to another human being and carry on as if nothing happened.

    It will be the 21st anniversary of Judi's disappearance on June 25th.
    This is such a scary story.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  12. Poor Jodi - it's quite remarkable that they have found no trace of her at all when there seems to have been so much evidence at the scene.
    Tasha
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  13. Another new one to me. I can't imagine what might have happened in this case.

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  14. I would say murdered, especially after over 20 years. :(

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  15. I don't know but I'm pretty sure she's dead. She saw something she shouldn't have or that person was waiting for her. Scary stuff.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  16. I think she was murdered by a not very nice person. Scary that it's never been solved.

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  17. I have heard of this case. Such a shame that it happened. So much bad stuff in this world. We are all blessed who have not been touched by crime of this sort.

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  18. just so sad. Heard to comprehend if neighbors heard screaming, but tough to get involved these days.

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  19. Oh no! I hate to think people heard screaming and then did nothing. That's terrible! Poor woman. So incredibly sad.

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  20. Why do people never call when they hear a scream? Or gun shot?

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  21. This is really sad. I do hope they find the answers one day.

    Mary
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  22. Probably did. I call the police all the time if I see something or hear something strange. They probably think I'm a pain in the you know what.

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  23. I'd hate to speculate, but in my gut I know it's nothing good. :-(

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  24. Considering the evidence, this is probably not a happy ending. Very sad.

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  25. Considering the evidence, this is probably not a happy ending. Very sad.

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  26. Omgosh did you see the story on the missing woman in Seattle? They found her remains and arrested the guy yesterday. So scary!

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  27. Oh she's dead and probably from some crazed fan or even a serial killer that's still out there. I remember this and thought she is dead. The people hearing the screams, if it was just one scream, people may look out, see nothing and think it's just kids but if it was multiple screams, people often don't want to get involved because of fear or whatever. It reminds of the famous case in the 60's where a woman was savagely knifed right outside her apartment door. Over 20 people heard her screams for help and no one came to help or even called police. As she lay dying, they didn't even come out...how sad is that.

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  28. I feel very badly for Jodi to have met such an untimely demise, at the hands of some lunatic.

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  29. Probably a pissed off exboyfriend with psycho issues

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  30. I'm sure it didn't end well. Such a tragedy.

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  31. I'm sure it didn't end well. Such a tragedy.

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  32. Kidnapping, then murder, it seems. Shame. :(

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  33. Yes! I remember this story. This was on 48 Hours or Dateline or one of those shows. Drag marks...never a good sign.

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  34. Very scary. I wonder why she overslept on that day. Was someone waiting for her or was it just the wrong day to oversleep and a tragic coincidence occurred?

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  35. That's so sad. Kidnapped and murdered is my guess.

    Happens to way too many women.

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  36. Oh gads. It does seem that she encountered the last person she ever saw. Thanks to no one reporting the screams, the trail was cold long before investigators arrived. What a shame. Great post, though:-)

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  37. So sad that no one called the police!

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  38. That's sad! I wonder if her leaving late had something to do with the kidnapper or if it was just a coincidence.

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  39. Spooky. You'd think that someone would call the police if they heard screaming. Don't want to get involved, I suppose.

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  40. It's too bad no one called 911 when they heard the screaming.

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  41. This one is sad. My guess is she was murdered.

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  42. This gave me the shivers! The signs are all there for homicide or abduction. So many years have passed it must be the former. How could they not solve this with all the clues. It's mind boggling. However, watching the real crime shows really shows us how much detail and time is involved in solving a crime.

    Gets us thinking about plausible mysteries for our own writing!

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  43. It sounds like someone was waiting for her and I don't think she had a happy ending! Strange no trace of her has been found though!
    Debbie

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  44. I had to read this one, too, when I saw who it was about. I'm from MN. She was from a town near here. My friend knew her, so this one hits close to home. They still haven't found out the truth. So tragic. I'm sure someone was waiting for her. She didn't have a chance. RIP, Jodi.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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