Yesterday we once again strengthened our dedication to find the person or persons responsible for the abduction of Jodi Huisentruit.
Many of you walked the 1.3 mile route through Mason City, Iowa as a tribute to the memory of Jodi and a renewed commitment to her.
There were people of all ages who walked with our group. Former Key Apartment Manager Rose Tobin walked with the group and was a wonderment as she led the group through a neighborhood of old trees and homes that reflected memories of stately days and times gone by.
The day began early in the morning, for some of us prior to 4:30 a.m. This was the first time I was near the Key Apartments at what is believed to be the time of Jodi’s abduction.
There was a hint of light as the sun began it’s journey across the eastern sky. There were few clouds but for the most part it was clear. At 4:10 I tried to imagine what Jodi was doing to get ready for work. The parking lot awaits her and there is a noticeable lack of cars going by. One car every 3 or 4 minutes and they seemed to be travelling south on Kentucky Ave. In my opinion it would be very difficult to see anything in the parking lot despite the fact there were globe lights on poles that actually blocked the vision from the lot. If a car is travelling south there would be a matter of seconds to observe anything happening in the lot.
The night sounds were fascinating! It was very quiet with the faint hint of a dog barking somewhere in the distance. Two deer wandered onto the church property and seemed very curious as they approached our motorhome. In the blink of an eye they bounded off to explore.
There were very faint sounds in other parts of the area but nothing out of Key Apartments. During the course of about five minutes no one arrived or left the parking lot. Earlier in the evening there were many joggers who passed the entrance to the parking lot and moved along at their brisk pace.
Here is a view of what could have happened and as I imagine it:
Suddenly the time was 4:30 and I imagine Jodi is coming out of her apartment. She would have been carrying a bag with cosmetics, shoes and other items along with a briefcase. The sound of screams was loud as Jodi plead for her life. She was struck on the head and pushed back against the side of the driver’s door. According to witnesses there was dew on the canvas and it was wiped away by Jodi’s blond hair.
The driver’s key for the ignition was twisted in the door lock.
The abductor(s) were busy collecting Jodi’s personal effects. It would appear the only items left at the scene were items that held names, addresses, etc. You must remember it is still very dark and difficult to see. It would be hard to believe that they used a flashlight.
Now, Jodi’s body is lifted and dragged toward the entrance of the parking lot leaving shoe marks in the moist dirt and scrapes in the pavement.
The abductor(s) were becoming increasingly close to the vehicle they would use to transport her body. Higher visibility, increased risk! One wonders why they took her body? A very small percentage of murderers remove the body from the scene. Why was Jodi’s taken from the parking lot?
Another witness reported hearing an object being struck with a steel pipe sound. The screams have ended. The only sound is an engine revving and a vehicle coming out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. A witness reported that she had to jump back from the entrance of the driveway. The vehicle turned its lights on and drove south on Kentucky.
No one called 911.
Gradually the birds are waking up and starting to chirp. For Jodi, the day will never happen. Her destiny is sealed, her future is gone, her ambitions of being a TV star will never happen.
Jodi Huisentruit is gone but we at FindJodi.com will continue our dedication to finding justice not just for Jodi but for other victims of violent crimes.