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Mason City search warrant against person of interest in Huisentruit case

Mason City search warrant against person of interest in Huisentruit case

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Jodi Huisentruit

disappeared June 27, 1995

MASON CITY — A Mason City Police Department search warrant has been executed 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 is named on the March 2017 search warrant for GPS data from a 1999 Honda Civic and 2013 GMC 1500, reported Friday.

John Vansice

John Vansice, an acquaintance of Jodi Huisentruit, is believed to be the one of the last people who saw the 27-year-old news anchor alive before her disappearance on June 27, 1995. He was named in a March 2017 search warrant.

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 search warrant filed for vehicle GPS data related to Vansice. The warrant has been sealed since it was filed, meaning no additional information is available publicly.

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 Mason City Globe Gazette on Friday.

“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.

Huisentruit was declared missing June 27, 1995, after telling a colleague she was on her way to work.

Vansice videotaped a birthday party he threw for Huisentruit just days before her disappearance. He said Huisentruit was at his house the night before her disappearance, watching that tape.

Vansice passed a polygraph test shortly after Huisentruit’s disappearance. Huisentruit told a colleague she was on her way to work that morning, but never showed up. Police found signs of a struggle outside her Mason City apartment.

In 2004, police checked the basement of a home formerly occupied by Vansice but said the search yielded no new information.

However, Vansice remains a “person of interest” in the case, Lt. Frank Stearns told the Globe Gazette in 2010.

Anyone with information about Huisentruit’s disappearance is asked to contact Mason City Police Lt. Rich Jensen at (641) 421-3636.


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