I've had curious interest in this case for many years. I was a University of Iowa student at the time Jodi was a reporter in Iowa City. I saw her on the news frequently and can still hear her Minnesotan accent. I met her on an occasion or two as she was aquainted with my roommate's girlfriend's friends. Anyway, I live in Sioux Falls, SD and wondered if Robert LeRoy Anderson was ever investigated in relation to Jodi's disappearance. If you don't know who RL Anderson is...just google the name and add Sioux Falls to the search. He was convicted of a crime with a similar M.O. and given a death sentence. Like the coward he was, he decided to kill himself while waiting on death row. Anyway.....I can't remember the source, but I swear there was talk at one point of him living in Mason City at one point prior to his 1996 kidnapping, rape and murder in Sioux Falls. I can't find any information to support me thinking he lived in Mason City. If he did in fact live in Mason City while Jodi was there....I for one, would consider him a prime suspect. Rob from Sioux Falls
Following Jodi's disappearance in late June of 1995 Anderson told his co-workers that he had visited Mason City, had dated Jodi and was related to her.
After his arrest for abducting Piper Streyle in late July of 1996 the combined efforts of the FBI, SD DCI and IA DCI indicated that Anderson had never been in Mason City much less had he ever dated Jodi Huisentruit.
I am glad someone else raised this question and that he was investigated. I was coming to this site to post a similar concern. His other two KNOWN abductions were Aug 27 1994 and July 29 1996, putting Jodi's disappearance right between them on June 27 1995. The M.O., Jodi's age and physical resemblance to the other victims, and the fact Anderson successfully concealed a body to this day piqued my suspicion regarding his possible involvement in Jodi's disappearance. I figured it was a long shot that he would have done this crime so far outside his usual hunting ground and comfort zone, but anything is possible. Good to know they looked at him thoroughly already, for (as you said) he is dead now anyway.
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