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red herring?
July 20, 2010
7:53 am
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Matt
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In 2004 a body was discovered north of Mason City. While suspected to be Jodi's, it turned out to be the body of a man who had disappeared after running from the police (or sheriffs) about a month before Jodi vanished. His name was James Perkins, and he was about 44 when he disappearance. Since he wasn't Jodi, there wasn't much for follow-up coverage.

Does anyone know anything more about his disappearance, etc.?

I am trying to rule out the following kind of profile: Guy (local) is stalking Jodi for quite a while, for whatever reason. Has something against her. Knows (maybe by CB scanner -- they were very popular in N. Iowa back then) that there's a fugitive (Perkins). Finds him perhaps by chance, kills him, leaves him where he's least likely to be found -- where they've already searched. Now he knows he can do it. His sense of being somehow wronged by Jodi makes her the equivalent in his mind of some criminal. Such a person imagines himself a hero of some sort, but he also knows he's smart enough to get away with it. The nature of what Perkins was accused of (and what might have been discussed so a scanner could hear) might shed light on how such a suspect saw Jodi.

This is all hypothetical. I kind of guess the likely thing is that Perkins either accidentally drowned or killed himself, that law enforcement didn't want to acknowledge they'd lost him in 95. But Jodi going missing was the unlikely thing, and for no resolution after 15 years is unlikelier still.

July 20, 2010
9:15 am
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Seems like there were a lot of unsolved murders back then.

Bill Pruin was one of them. How hard did the police look to solve his murder?

There are too many unsolved cases there??? Why???

July 20, 2010
10:39 am
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Maybe drug money was spread around, look the other way, call a homicide a suicide, we didn't know she had a problem, 1995 seemed to be a tough year for police in N Iowa.

Jodi's abduction was well planned in my opinion, it had to be done on that day for whatever reason. Why else would you wait so long and risk being spotted as it became later and later. One thing we do know is maybe they anticipated the possibility of delay and had the other car or truck go in opposite directions, we know this because people did see vehicles coming out of the parking lot because the hour was late and people where up. More likely it was done to create a diversion and confusion. Or, the other car had the person who wanted the abduction done and was there to make sure it was completed and they had a predetermined rondevu point after it was finished.

July 20, 2010
9:35 pm
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Either way, here's how you'd get from the Key Apts to where Perkins was found near a creek:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=.....&z=10

It takes you close to the big golf course as the crow flies. And NIACC. But not in the direction of Pruin or where the Honken victims were discovered.

Just to fill in a little, I'm just going to summarize what I've read.

Perkins was 44 when he went missing in May 1995. He went missing because LE was called out to that same address (his place? someone else's? I don't know) concerning an assault (against whom? when?). Now, the strange part. He was hiding in an empty farm wagon, came out brandishing a knife and a hatchet. I've heard of resisting arrest, but sheesh. What was he afraid of? Was he in his right mind? He then ran toward a marshy area and despite an "extensive search" was not seen again. So from this I always guessed maybe he died that night. But maybe he was around a while longer?

This was in the month before Jodi was taken.

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