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Jodi's Other Friend??
January 18, 2012
2:50 pm

These comments were posted on another thread on this website. I'm surprised they didn't get more response. Or am I the only one who has never heard any of this?

Re:the things corn seed dudes say 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago
The car was a 1995. It was given to her by John Lessard (owner of Fox River) who was not married at the time. The car was still in HIS name when Jodi died. It was common knowledge at Fox River and in Osage that he had dated Jodi a few times- they were seen out together in public.And that he gave that car to her as a gift. I don't know why they left this out in book. Everyone knew this! He also dated other petite blonds during this time also. He was tall, good looking, rich, (better looking and younger than Vancise but still quite a bit older than Jodi) I was very surprised that he was never mentioned in the book nor on here or anywhere. I don't think he had anything to with her disappearance- but you never know. but he could have been part of it, in that maybe Vancise was jealous of him? Lessard also golfed. Was he at the same outing as her that day? I wish they would give a list of names of the people that were there. Maybe Vancise found out Lessard gave her that car? There was also a National Heart Association Fundraiser at Cedar Valley Supper Club in Osage In 95 that she was at with Lessard.

Re:the things corn seed dudes say 2 Weeks, 3 Days ago
I worked at Fox River in the 90's and during this time. Lessard was better looking than Vancise ( will call them JV and JL) He was also much richer, and younger than jv but still quite a bit older than Jodi. On the other hand, JL is not a fun person- very serious. I doubt Jodi would have had fun being around him like she did jv. I would not consider JL a nice person. He has nothing really to do with his daughters or his grand kids who are both autistic. It was common knowledge that he had dated her once or twice that people knew of. He is a very private person-extremely. And even the other woman he dated at that time was not public except to those who knew her or saw his car at her house. Before Jodi disappeared it was rumored he gave her the car and they dated. If he DID sell it to her for actual cash, how did she know it was for sale? He did not have it for sale in any papers at that time, etc. And wouldn't there be registration and tag records for her taking it to courthouse to get switched to her name? Because she didn't, I am sure. It was still in his name, because I believe as do many in Osage, he was letting her use it or gave it to her. I think this would have made JV very jealous once he found out. Could it be JL was with her that night but being a private person he did not want to be involved and have that kind of scandal related to his name? Maybe he left right before Jodi did ( thus, the shiny new car that almost ran over the jogger) and when JV saw him leave jodis, this made him more mad. JV would have been driving the van - why a van was spotted by others. and the other car? just someone else leaving before JL left and a coincidence. I think JL has more to do with it- not that he did it but he could have been the man in her apt. and what set JV off. I also wonder if JL would have been at the golf thing since he too, was involved in charity stuff and golfed. Me and others in osage just always thought it strange he was never mentioned more. Maybe police knew he was not a suspect so didn't put his name out there? I don't know but always has bugged me especially now that book has come out and he was not mentioned at all and they acted like how she paid for the car was such a mystery when it should have been obvious or pretty easy to check out. Also still wondering what type of business ban JV used? anyone know?
And Jodis mom was or is still alive- couldn't she have said weather or not she gave Jodi large sum for car?

FYI- im sure means nothing and I can't imagine JL actually being the bad guy in this but he does own private wooded land on cedar river inwhich he has since built new house on the land

January 22, 2012
4:17 am

I also have never heard of this man nor the info on the car, etc. But since i believe there is always info out there that some know about and some dont, gleaned from dozens of different sources, i thought perhaps this was a little known nugget that would be addressed by longer and more knowledged members of this site, not to mention perhaps admin. I read this thread when it was first posted and waited for others to reply, challenge, question and clarify. Of course, the holidays,computer issues, etc has kept me from checking in here as regularly as i used to but I find it VERY odd that NO ONE, including myself, has replied or challenged that post.

[i]"It was common [b]knowledge [/b]at Fox River and in Osage that he had dated Jodi a few times- they were seen out together in public.And that he gave that car to her as a gift."

"Before Jodi disappeared it was [b]rumored[/b] he gave her the car and they dated."[/i]

In the above quotes, from the same poster, i highlight contradictory sentences and words. If these things were rumored, then they cannot be considered common knowledge without some sort of proof. Perhaps this angle was looked into by investigators, then dismissed? Maybe, like a few other POI's i learned were cleared by posters on this site, his connection to Jodi wasnt publicized due to his being cleared. Maybe also perhaps because of his status??

I would love for others to weigh in on this, not least of all the person who posted this info on JL. I have NEVER heard that name connected to this case and it intrigues me even more that no one has come forth either to confirm or dispute this info.

And yes, how is it that BB never mentioned anything about this in her book unless of course, the basis is foundless. Or she was discouraged to follow that lead. Or she never heard of any of this and didnt talk to the right people.

Thanks for bringing the info from that thread into the fore. I think someone needs to bring it some clarity

January 22, 2012
11:26 am

I agree with everything you said.

The person who posted this said that they doubted the new friend had anything to do with Jodi's disappearance. I don't dispute that. What intrigues me is that this person might have been in competition for Jodi's affection -- an alleged new boyfriend with deeper pockets than her other friend(s). To me, it makes the jealousy allegations/motivations for Jodi's disappearance all the more plausible.

And, like the poster, I would really like to see the list of participants in the golf tournament the night before Jodi disappeared.

I consider this very important information.

January 28, 2012
5:16 pm

:( Did Jodi ever cover Band Festival 1995 that weekend.Many people come from all sorts of different small towns and cities.If Jodi did cover Band Fest 1995 did someone by chance maybe become a little too obsessed or jealous of her just a thought.

May 14, 2012
4:26 pm

That could be a possibility. You never do know where she could have been stalked, etc.

December 12, 2018
4:59 am

I was the one that originally posted about the car. The man who gave her the car did indeed date her. He was seen with her at events. And the car was def his before he gave or sold it to her. I used the word rumor because everyone where we worked was talking about it since he was out boss and he was dating the lady from the local news station and then she disappears and his car is shown on tv and they are reporting it as hers. It was a big deal. Im also suprised this topic still has not been addressed by administrators. 

December 16, 2018
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rach said
And yes, how is it that BB never mentioned anything about this in her book unless of course, the basis is foundless. Or she was discouraged to follow that lead. Or she never heard of any of this and didnt talk to the right people.


I haven't followed the case very closely for a long time for a lot of reasons, mostly because I don't believe M.C.P.D. did a good enough forensic investigation to ever solve it without someone who actually saw or knows coming forward, so please, enlighten me.  This is the second time I've seen talk of "the book" and the last time I saw a thread with something about it there was a mention of another (I knew Jodi) friend of mine in Biloxi, MS.  and I'm wondering what was said and why.

I moved to Biloxi about 1 year after leaving Mason City to take another radio gig, and happened to be across the parking lot from the TV station that the poster was talking about, and where the man they were talking about worked.  I'm very interested in knowing what was said.


Chuck Breuninger a.k.a. Rick Charles

former Program Director/Morning show host KIA "The Country Moose"- Mason City


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