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CANISTOTA, S.D. | Jim Feldhaus, who for nearly 18 years voluntarily worked on the case of missing anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit, has died.

Feldhaus, 79, of Canistota, S.D., passed away Oct. 10 at a hospice in Sioux Falls.

Feldhaus had no personal connection to Huisentruit, who worked for KIMT TV in Mason City. She disappeared from her apartment parking lot in Mason City early June 27, 1995, as she headed to work.

But Feldhaus spent hours each day interviewing potential suspects, tracking any and all information on the case and tipping off law enforcement officials and members of the media to information he uncovered.

The retired computer programmer for the University of South Dakota at Brookings and a former researcher for 3M in Minnesota said in a 2005 interview with the Globe Gazette that the case represented an "obsession" and "I want to solve it."

In that same news story, Bill Basler, a former investigator with the Iowa Division of Criminal, now retired, said some of Feldhaus' suspects had no conceivable link to the case. Others, Basler noted, were considered by law enforcement officials.

"He certainly is fascinated with the case,” Basler said.

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