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March 13, 2011
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This case is not meant to be solved. The police claim an active investigation and everything stops.

A classic example of this logic would be "We believe we know who Jack the Ripper is, but to protect the family from detailing our suspicions we can't reveal who it is". That family member at this point is a great-great-great-great-niece.

Think about this, Every two maybe three years MCPD announces that a new investigator is on the case. This shows the world that it's an active investigation, draw closed, locked for another 3 years. Understand what I'm suggesting, how do we know how active this case really is. But it sure stops requests for information.

I don't want to sound cynical but it's time for someone to open up the draw.

October 10, 2012
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sixtiesrock said
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I would have assumed the residents at Key apartments were aware of what Jodi did for a living.

I wonder if any of them did more than pass the time of day with her in conversation.
John Vancise certainly got to know her from living there.

Were any residents aware of the fact Jodi had concerns for her safety?

Were any residents aware that LE had kept a watch on Jodi for a time?

Had Jodi asked any of the residents to look out for anyone acting suspiciously around the apartments?

My thoughts on the residents that fateful morning?
In my opinion they hardly acted in a community spirited manner or concern for a fellow human being.
Can you imagine the scream Jodi let out?
How often did they hear a scream like that in their parking lot? And at that time of the morning?

Nobody could look out a window and nobody could ring the police.

I don't know how many residents saw Jodi's belongings or would have noted her car still being there. I think the damage was already done by then.

Having written that I have to say it isn't only the residents of Key Apartments 'who don't (or didn't)want to get involved.

There isn’t much more to say except when you add in the lack of urgency from the staff at the TV station the perpetrator had a lot going for him that morning.

He almost commited the perfect crime. Almost.

October 10, 2012
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In defense of the residents of the Key Apartments, I want to mention that these apartments are right next to East Park, where a lot of stuff goes on day and night.  They might have heard something, but might have thought it was coming from the park.  

And I agree with Twid, that the perpetrator committed the perfect crime, almost.  However, I don't think he planned it to be perfect.  I think he just got  l-u-c-k-y, unfortunately.  

December 26, 2012
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sixtiesrock said
Okay.. here's my take. Small market TV is very competitive; everyone wants an anchor job. If Jodi made a habit of being late to work, I find it hard to believe that would be a well-kept secret. Are we talking once, twice, perhaps three times? The fact is that I doubt Jodi would have kept her job had she been so careless about her promptness to work on the morning newscast. Doug Merbach would likely have known about such a problem, had it been habitual.

I will never understand why someone at KIMT didn't call police that morning, especially since we have video of people admitting that Jodi expressed fear and worry about being followed and stalked. I just will never understand this.

Further,I have always felt sick that people heard Jodi scream in that parking lot and did nothing! How awful! I am sure that many Keys Apartment residents went to work early in the a.m., perhaps some before 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Did folks just step over her stuff strewn across the parking lot? How could this have been ignored until the police arrived after seven o'clock? How could no one, not one single person, consider this disturbing enough to investigate.

I agree, Gary, with you that the "dark horse" theory is worth exploring. I have always believed Jodi's abductor(s) are right in front of our eyes, just my gut feeling.

People didn’t report the items in the parking lot because those items weren’t there. The crime was later than the accepted 4:30am

December 26, 2012
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sixtiesrock said
Okay.. here's my take. Small market TV is very competitive; everyone wants an anchor job. If Jodi made a habit of being late to work, I find it hard to believe that would be a well-kept secret. Are we talking once, twice, perhaps three times? The fact is that I doubt Jodi would have kept her job had she been so careless about her promptness to work on the morning newscast. Doug Merbach would likely have known about such a problem, had it been habitual.

I will never understand why someone at KIMT didn't call police that morning, especially since we have video of people admitting that Jodi expressed fear and worry about being followed and stalked. I just will never understand this.

Further,I have always felt sick that people heard Jodi scream in that parking lot and did nothing! How awful! I am sure that many Keys Apartment residents went to work early in the a.m., perhaps some before 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Did folks just step over her stuff strewn across the parking lot? How could this have been ignored until the police arrived after seven o'clock? How could no one, not one single person, consider this disturbing enough to investigate.

I agree, Gary, with you that the "dark horse" theory is worth exploring. I have always believed Jodi's abductor(s) are right in front of our eyes, just my gut feeling.

People didn’t report the items in the parking lot because those items weren’t there. The crime was later than the accepted 4:30am

December 26, 2012
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It really is puzzling why people didn't notice Jodi's things strewn around the parking lot.  

One possible explanation is that very few people went to work quite that early.  Mason City wasn't (and isn't) a 24/7 town and it's possible that the residents of the complex at that time didn't go to work en masse until  closer to 8 a.m. or, if they were working retail, even later. 

I think the police were finally called around 7:15 (according to one of the archived news reports on this website) and you would assume they responded very quickly, since the police station is only a few blocks from the apartment. Mason City is a 15 minute town, meaning that you can get almost anywhere in town in just 15 minutes.  So, it's possible that many residents with jobs that required them to be at work "early" just hadn't left home yet.

An aside ... That 7:15 call by KIMT to the police really stuck with me, because one POI allegedly told someone shortly before 7 a.m. that Jodi was gone, even before the police had been called.  

 

December 27, 2012
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Tomahawk, you last statement, BINGO!! POI knew before everyone else. That is so suspicious. I believe he has run away from his past and able to sweep it all under the rug. Once on the meth and now its all a blur making it easy to heal.

 

December 28, 2012
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I have heard this for years that he said Jodi was gone before the police knew it, but...... Whoever he told it to..... did they ask him what he meant?  Did they ask him where she went?  Who did he say this to??????  Would love to see the servalence take at the place and get more information, but they probably didnt have it back then.  Love to hear the rest of the story on this.

December 29, 2012
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Muskgrove,

I based my timeline post on two things. First, on page 58 of Dead Air, start reading with the very last paragraph. Beth Bednar uses the words, "just before the police received their initial summons."

Next, click on the Media tab on this website and watch Episode 11 of The Huisentruit Files. In a voiceover, the reporter specifically states that the police were called at 7:12 am.I think he must have had access to the call records to pinpoint the time that precisely.

 

December 29, 2012
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Tomahawk,

Yes, I understand that.  What I meant to say before was I would love to see the Servalence Tape at the place he said it.  I wonder what his response was when they asked him 'where did she go?' or 'what do you mean?'.

 

Also, it was mentioned that he and someone else went to the crime scene and asked what was going on.  I think they were in a pick up truck.  Last time I talked to police he was still on the suspect list awaiting evidence.

Still say........dig up the basement where the new cement was poured.  Drilling holes in the concrete and sniffing dogs is not 100% correct.                           

I had a dream  years ago about her being in the trunk of a big dark colored car in a canvas bag.  The man who opened the truck unzipped it and looked in at her.  Then she was carried down basement stairs and buried to the right of the steps and covered with concrete.      There were 2 men....... one tall and the other an older man who reminded me of a ganster of sorts.  Might have owned a strip joint.  One guess who the tall man was.    The older shorter man was there waiting for the Taller man to come with the canvas bag.  There was a basement exit to the back of the basement.

December 29, 2012
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I've wondered too about her being in a bag.I was thinking about feedsacks in particular.Most feedsacks would be too small, even for someone small like Jodi. I think they're sized for a farmer to lift to pour the seed into his planting machine. However I read somewhere that there's something called a super sack that holds a lot more grain. That might have been big enough to hold an adult, plus a purse and a briefcase and maybe a tote She might be buried or submersed in one of these bags.

January 26, 2013
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Imagine in your own mind the most likely person to have done this to Jodi and list the reasons why you believe that. Now, throw out that name and tell yourself that it isn't that person. Who do you have left?

It might not be the most obvious person. You all have "most obvious" but they will probably be all different. Look past the obvious and examine the "dark horse."

There is a dark horse here but you need your imagination to to find the link. It is there.

 

or throw the clock out the window! Look at it from the point of view that Jodi wasn't late that morning. She left her apartment at her normal time. Consider this scenario and see where it leads you.

May 21, 2013
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The possibility did cross my mind that Jodi could have left for work at the normal time. Did anyone in the neighbourhood who heard the screams pinpoint a time?

May 30, 2013
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If Jodi left for work at the normal time, someone is lying big time. Think about it. That is pure speculation.

July 17, 2013
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I must say that the comment about the dream about her being put in cement kind of was disturbing and really got me thinking.  What if someone did put her in wet cement.  No one of course will find her until they are planning on breaking up the cement many years down the road. If you really think about it were there any building in the area or in a certain radius of Mason City that was being put up and cement was being poured around the time of her disappearance? Maybe that is why she hasn't been found. This may just be a crazy thought.  I just registered to the site but after reading so much about this case I am very interested in what happed to her also. 

Another thought that I had was what was she currently working on when she disappeared.  Was she looking into making a story about something and she found out too much?  Prior to her disappearance what was she researching?  Could her finding out too much about a company or person be the reason she disappeared? I am kind of surprised that the person who had abducted her hasn't even let out a peep about what they had done.   Although I have read a lot on this site, I have not read it all so sorry if I have repeated any of the topics but I am just curious. 

July 17, 2013
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Lots of chicken and pig barns going up during that time period. Jack Decoster's empire was big in the news.....bringing lots of Hispanic workers..Rumors around that time were that she is contained in slab.

July 17, 2013
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I hoped that, with the drought, farm ponds might drain to the point where someone would spot something unusual, e.g. a 50 gallon barrel weighted down with chains and a boat anchor. Since that didn't happen before the big rains, it's good that the forum is discussing other possibilities

At the time of Jodi's abduction there were a lot of new houses going up on the northwest side of Nora Springs, along the road that leads to the newer water tower (8th Street NW?). There was a widespread rumor at the time that Jodi was buried under one of the driveways. 

I think the hog/chicken containment theory is also a very good possibility -- lots of concrete being poured.

Does anyone know if cadaver dogs can smell through cured concrete?

 

 

 

July 18, 2013
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I had also heard the rumor about the hog/chicken farms. It is a great possibility but without breaking out the concret in all of the hog/chicken barns how would they know which one she was in?  Are there records of the exact date that the cement was layed in both the hog/chicken barns and the driveways so they could narrow it down that way if it were a possibility that she was there.  I honestly think that she was looking into a possible story to be told and she ended up knowing too much.  That is my beliefs. I believe that Jodi didn't necessarily know this person personally but she knew about the person and a knew a little too much about what the person was up to.

 

I think one thing about this case is that it is really hard to provide proof of what happened to her especially since there are so many different rumors flying around. You would think that someone would have seen something out of the ordinary. If someone did see something maybe they are scared for their own life and doesn't want anything to happen to them since the abductor could be still on the loose.

July 19, 2013
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those lagoons around those barns contain a large amount of lime I understand, to help break down the waste. Also, there are incinerators on some of those properties, if not all, that they use to burn the dead birds I think...Those sites were mostly managed by Mexican workers perhaps.

Its been a long time ago, but some topics at that time may have been the chemicals running into the water system, smell, immigration, Jack Decoster bought up precious farm land (lots of it).

The news was reporting about the barns. Was jodi?

 

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That is kind of what I was thinking. Was Jodi digging deeper than the other news people have been to get something bigger and better for her news station?  All of these question arise and I hadn't thought about the incinerators. So many different things come to mind that could have happened too her.  I honestly don't know how anyone could live with the guilt of doing such a horrible thing to someone.

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