June used to be JoAnn Nathe’s favorite month of the year.
The first month of summer was always a warm, welcome break after the end of the school year for this Minnesota teacher. But that all changed 18 years ago when someone abducted JoAnn’s younger sister,
Mason City, Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit, on her way to work. Two days in June are particularly painful: the anniversary of Jodi’s abduction on the 27th and her birthday on the 5th.
“I never thought anything like this,” Joanne said.
Just days before Jodi’s 45th birthday on Wednesday, JoAnn said she was grateful people haven’t forgotten her sister’s case.
“I just hope they haven’t given up hope and keep an eye out for information. No matter how small you think it it, report it. Don’t hold back,” she said.
“Jodi would appreciate all the work all of us have put into finding her.”
As she prepares for another anniversary of Jodi’s abduction, JoAnn remembers a lot about Jodi, who was just 27-years-old when she disappeared. Joanne says Jodi was a young woman with a magnetic personality who hoped someday to work in a Twin Cities TV newsroom.
“We lost so much when we lost her. She brought so much sunshine. Your family is never the same, ” Joanne said.
JoAnn hopes renewed media attention this month will prompt someone to come forward with the lead investigators need to finally get answers to what happened to Jodi.