We’ve been spending a lot of time looking through our archives lately and I came across the initial ‘call for service’ report from the Mason City Police Department. I requested this document from the department on December 20, 2010 to review who was called out to the parking lot where Jodi was abducted. This document is public record.
This call was for a welfare check as officers, nor Jodi’s co-workers were yet aware of the gravity of the situation. Based on the report, an employee at KIMT-TV (who was not named in the report) called police to report Jodi missing. The first dispatch was at 7:13 a.m. and Officer Jerry Miller arrived to the scene at 7:16 a.m. before leaving at 10:59 a.m.
Jodi never arrived for work that morning. Producer Amy Kuns called Jodi at about 4:00 a.m. after realizing she was late to work. Jodi answered the phone and told Amy she had overslept.
Once Amy realized Jodi had still not arrived at 6:00 a.m., she went on the air in Jodi’s place and anchored the morning show ‘Daybreak’ until 7:00 a.m. That’s when police were called.
When police arrived to the scene, they found evidence of a struggle. Drag marks were left in the pavement. A bent key was stuck in the door of Jodi’s new, red Mazda Miata.
The investigation into the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit had begun. And to this day, no suspects have been named in the case.
Here are several excerpts from Jack Schlieper, the Mason City Police Chief at the time of Jodi’s disappearance. This news conference was held the morning of June 27, 1995 in Mason City, Iowa.