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for a cold case squad
May 10, 2009
5:57 am
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A cold case squad needs to re-interview these people in depth:

Amy Kuns...................she was the last person to talk to Jodi.

John Vancise

May 10, 2009
8:36 am
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I read on this site and heard elsewhere that when a white van was given as a possible vehicle; the police searched everywhere to see who owned a van liked that and found nothing.

What is more interest to me is that on a number of occasions people were stalked in that vicinity:
a woman jogger was followed by a small not well-maintained vehicle (vicinity of Key Apts.)
a male jogger was followed by a black pick-up truck with tinted windows (several blocks from Key Apts.)
Jodi was followed by a black pick-up truck with tinted windows ( don't know where she was running though)

Did the police every search databases to see within a certain radius who owned such a vehicle? I'm sure black pick-up trucks are common, but ones with tinted windows are not. Remember we're talking a small population in northern Iowa.
Besides, even if a database search would show up several hundred, it could be narrowed down to 1)location/description given by woman jogger of a man outside her apartment 2)Jodi's friends 3) does the owner also own a small "not well-maintained vehicle" similar to a rabbit.

I would be very curious to see such a list.

May 10, 2009
9:13 am
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I think that interviewing/re interviewing these names along with a few others might be beneficial. There would probably be some information from friends they hung around with in Iowa City. I spoke to the police officer that did the interviews in Iowa City and she indicated nothing unusual that stands out in her mind. She was a good friend of Jodi's and was with the group that weekend.

May 10, 2009
9:40 am
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Regarding my last post: I'm willing to bet quite a bit of money that the small not well maintained vehicle the woman jogger had following her is the SAME as the small car the woman jogger saw the morning Jodi disappeared. I'm referring to the "stand-off" between a vehicle and a jogger at approx. 4:35 AM that morning.

If that car can be traced back to the same owner ( or an acquaintence) of the black pick-up truck with tinted windows, I think we have our abductor.
That Amy Kuns talked about presents and calls...sounds like a stalker to me and not a "stranger" stalker. Someone Jodi had had contact with and knew his name.

May 10, 2009
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I would also bet that you are close to "right". I believe there are two vehicles involved, none of which is the white van. The white van was there days previously as witnessed by a woman going to work and a second appearance might have been accidental, (bad timing). A pickup/small car duo is possible. The reason the jogger was being "paced" and followed was possibly the fact that she looked like Jodi Huisentruit as she ran. Hair pulled back, base ball cap, etc.

May 10, 2009
10:55 am
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[b]Gary wrote:[/b]
...and I too feel re-interviewing some of these people is a good idea. As time passes, people forget names, events...and maybe even start believing a lot of things that are false just because they've been repeated so many times.

I think Jodi's case is like that. It's hard to protect the authenticity of facts and events that took place because a) there's very little to work with and b) SO MUCH speculation is out there that people are believing events that maybe never transpired. I guess that's the problem with a lot of cold cases.

I think the more historical information we have on paper and on video, the better. I was just watching out-takes of an interview with Lt. Ron Vandeweerd yesterday (and several others) and it's amazing how much information there was discussed (albeit not much from him as he keeps a tight lid on case information) and a lot that was left out of The Huisentruit File.

That is why I'm hoping this site will provide facts and protect them (in the archive, and in parts of the forum)...so we don't sway past what is true...and we preserve what we in fact DO know in the case. Thanks to all for keeping the dialogue ongoing.

May 10, 2009
7:12 pm
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I'm listening to video from LE 10 years after the fact looking for a white-van checking two states that's it. Jodi scared for her safety - black pick up dark windows, Male jogger black pick up dark windows - worried for his safety - female jogger - beat up back truck. Did none of these people get even a partial lic. plate number to police if your worried about your safety. Partial plates on a black truck with tinted windows would have narrowed the search considerably.

By the way, glad to see the activity pick up as far as questions are concerned to the site, please, anyone else with questions or any information no matter how small is greatly appreciated.

May 10, 2009
7:28 pm
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The quote is from Gary's post (3rd in this thread).

With no respect to the police interviewer but was she really the right person to be doing these interviews?
If you are that close to the victim and her group can you really maintain your focus?
I hope other officers questioned these people too.

May 17, 2009
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The jogger described the car leaving Key Apartments as:

[i]What did make an impression on me though was that it was a nice car (not like the pieces of junk that usually harass runners). For some reason that was foremost in my mind, probably because of the earlier incident described above. It was a medium sized car and seemed very clean and shiny. I believe it was a dark car; I keep thinking dark blue or crimson red. I don

July 5, 2009
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Questions:

Has a cold case squad ever reviewed this case?

Is it up to the MCPD to 'invite' a cold case squad?

Is it possible to excert any pressure to get a cold case squad involved?

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