John Vansice was a friend of Jodi Huisentruit’s who spent some of the previous days with the missing TV anchorwoman before she disappeared on June 27, 1995.
The former Mason City, Iowa seed salesman was 22 years older than Jodi and his name is often discussed in her case.
Vansice told police that Jodi came to his home the night before she disappeared to watch a videotape of a surprise birthday party he’d co-hosted for her weeks earlier.
But what evidence, if any, supports his possible involvement in her abduction?
Nobody has ever been arrested or charged in Jodi’s case, and Vansice has repeatedly denied any involvement in the crime.
Vansice, 74, has declined to speak to the media about the events since moving away from Mason City after Jodi went missing.
In March 2017, Vansice was subpoenaed to appear at a U.S. District Court in Iowa and provide finger and palm prints, and DNA.
The same month, Mason City Police were granted a search warrant for two of Vansice’s vehicles, although neither of the vehicles had been manufactured at the time of Jodi’s disappearance. That search warrant has been re-sealed annually.
On this episode of the FindJodi podcast, team members recount the interest in John Vansice related to Jodi’s case through interviews, police statements, and archival media reports.