State investigators say they know who sent a copy of a missing TV anchorwoman’s personal journal to a Mason City newspaper, but they aren’t releasing the person’s name. Jodi Huisentruit disappeared on her way to work in June of 1995.
Mason City Police Chief Mike Lashbrook says the copy sent to the newspaper is a reproduction of a confidential case file from the investigation that began 13 years ago. Excerpts ran in last Sunday’s Mason City Globe Gazette. "Whether or not this generates information that may help us lead to an arrest or to finding out what happened, that remains to be seen," Lashbrook says. "We haven’t necessarily been inundated with any tips since this was published on Sunday."
The copy of Huisentruit’s journal was processed at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation laboratory. It was sent to the paper June 4th in a large envelope with no return address. State officials say they’ve identified the person they believe was responsible for sending the photocopied diary pages to the Globe Gazette, but they’re releasing no other details. The postmark was Waterloo, Iowa.
Huisentruit was 27 when she failed to show up for work on the morning of June 27, 1995.