New Twist in Decades-Old Disappearance of Iowa TV Anchor Jodi Huisentruit

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A new CBS special is shedding light on the 23-year-old case of a missing Iowa anchorwoman. 

Anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit was scheduled to work at 4 a.m. to host an early morning newscast on June 27, 1995.  When she didn’t show up, a colleague called her on the phone. Huisentruit said she'd overslept and was on her way to the station. She was never heard from again. 

Cops found signs of a struggle in the parking lot in Mason City, Iowa, where the 27-year-old lived.

Her disappearance made national news but no arrests were ever made, nor was a body ever found. 

Now "48 Hours" correspondent Jim Axelrod says there is new information about the case.

"It really is a very sad story, it is really poignant. This summer she would have turned 50 and you get that sense that 'oh my goodness, she is frozen forever at 27. What happened?’” he said. 

"48 Hours" also has never-before-seen video of one of the last friends believed to have seen her alive.

John Vansice has always denied any involvement in her disappearance. He passed a lie detector test and was never named as a suspect.

Axelrod located Vansice, who is now living in Arizona.

"We are hoping that this hour shakes somebody’s memory to go and perhaps move this thing along," Axelrod said. 

"Find Jodi" airs Saturday night on CBS.


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