The personal journal of a missing television anchorwoman was mailed to the local newspaper from an unknown source and authorities are looking into the incident.
Jodi Huisentruit, 27, a KIMT-TV morning news anchor, disappeared on her way to work on June 27, 1995.
She had talked to a fellow worker early that morning, saying she was on her way to the station. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Law enforcement has followed thousands of leads in a case publicized nationally. Many details of the case including the 84-page journal remain confidential.
“We like to keep the integrity of the investigation as pristine as possible,” said DCI Special Agent In Charge Jeff Jacobson.
The Mason City Globe Gazette received the journal in a large envelope with no return address and a June 4 postmark from Waterloo.
Police and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials said they do not believe the document was leaked by their employees, but are conducting an investigation to determine where it came from.
Representatives of both agencies confirmed that the copy was a reproduction of a journal they took into evidence after searching Huisentruit’s apartment in the days following her abduction.
“We’re confident that it didn’t come from Iowa DCI case files or case files from the Mason City Police Department,” said Police Chief Mike Lashbrook. He said copies in the case files have specific markings not appearing in the copy sent to the newspaper.
Authorities said several agencies have worked on the case, but only three, the local police department, the DCI and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have copies of the journal.
“It was unlawfully released,” said DCI Agent Chris Calloway. “That in itself is part of the investigation right now.”
Thirteen years after her disappearance, police investigators say they continue to follow leads in the Huisentruit case.
Mason City Police Investigator David Tyler and Calloway review information on a regular basis, following leads from across the country. Calloway said they’ve questioned people as recently as just before the floods.
“David and I prioritize the leads as they come in,” said Calloway. “On the average we get from three to four leads a month.”