I was up in MC today on business and like I always do I drove to the Key apartment and sat for a bit and thought what did happen here. Would I go left or right out of the parking lot? Today I went right and continued up Penn. until it came to a dead end. At the intersection of Quail Ave and 245 I noticed WATER to the right and brushy cover to the left. The water caught my attention because of what I heard on a radio program a few months ago. Now this water is a pond and I'm not sure how long it's been there and how long the lone house had been there either. But the brushy area had tree cover on the left and right side to block the house if it was there and the HWY. You can drive into this area I didn't I walked in. I noticed on the left side of the make shift road a concrete square that had water in it, like a well> Could this be the spot? Under water and concrete I believe I heard on the abouve mention radio show. Does anyone know if this area was ever searched? I'd say this area was about 2 miles maybe from the Key apartments. Thoughts?
if i have your directions right, the make shift road you found appears to be an old rail line. traces of it can be seen, with google earth, extending south-east from mason city to a small town called 'what cheer'. also, this map shows where it existed in the past: http://trains.rockycrater.org/.....a-1948.jpg
the old rail-line trail crosses through where the lone house sits, so the house must have been built after the tracks were removed, whenever that was.
according to this map: http://www.iowarail.com/railro.....ogy_09.pdf
that section of the line was abandoned sometime between 1980 and 1989.
maybe the concrete square had something to do with the railroad, or is connected to what looks like a retention pond.
i've never been to mason city, so i can't say anything about the area.
Bob that's some very good info. It was windy, snowing and cold I wasn't dressed to walk around in the weather in MC on Thursday. I've always felt whom ever did this would have taken a left out of the Key Apartments becuase it would be a fast exit from town. After my drive on Thursday I found the exit right gets you out of town as quickly with little to cause you to stop for anything. I know this spot is close to the HWY but again with the tree cover you could probably not be seen. Again I'll ask the folks who have been looking, if anyone knows if this area was ever searched? Please do look at this site on google earth and tell me what you think!
I think this site is very interesting to say the least. Several years ago I was contacted by a couple who had dreams about this place. They went to that area and even dug up some old carpet. Maybe in the spring this place should be checked out further.
If I get a chance I might look up the emails from that time.
"Prior to 1999, the road currently designated as Highway 122 was a segment of U.S. Route 18. In that year, the state completed work on a new freeway segment of US 18, bypassing Mason City. This bypass was part of the Avenue of the Saints project. The bypassed segment of US 18 was designated as Iowa Highway 122." re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.....ighway_122
as i see it, from google earth, the new bypass highway was constructed across the north/south road scott followed, creating the dead end. originally, it appears, this road continued south as far as the town of rockwell. i would think that the area looked quite different on june 27th 1995. the retention pond may have been created during the road project, or at least it was reshaped from a slough. there is water in the game reserve a short distance to the south, which looks like an area that has not been recently modified.
google earth add-onn 'geonames' lables this area as clark lake , lake fin-feather, and lake fin-feather dam.
"Mike Zack Wildlife Area(pdf)- 16638 230th St.
Fin and Feather Lake and Clark Lake are found on this 153-acre wildlife habitat area that was named after a member of the first county conservation board. This area was donated by Holnam and Northwestern States Portland Cement Companies."
good stuff Bob. I find this to be a interesting place to look at this spring. I know I'll do a search in a few months..
here is a terraserver image of that area from april 1994:
there is no pond and not much more than a road heading south. the rail tracks have been removed and the lone house site shows. there was few trees in the area.
the wildlife area to the south appears to have fewer trees than it does at the present time.
the concrete square is not visible on the low resolution images.
certainly, the area looked much the same the day jodi went missing.
some super high resolution color images taken in that time period would be nice search aid.
on the other hand, maybe this is a better idea:
where are you jodi?
if anyone knows where she is, it's about time you speak up, lest you die a coward!
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