Authorities working to ID human remains found near Mason City

Published: May. 31, 2018 at 7:42 AM CDT
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Authorities in Iowa are trying to identify the remains of a woman found near Mason City earlier this month. While the ID has so far proven elusive, investigators say they are not those of missing KIMT news anchor Jodi Huisentruit.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 1:07 p.m. on the 20th regarding human remains found in the 22000 block of 275th Street in rural Mason City.

Deputies from Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office arrived a short time later and requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for assistance at the scene. Investigators collected the skeletal remains and they were transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny. An autopsy was performed on May 23, 2018. The results of the autopsy are not currently being released.

An anthropologist was able to determine that the remains may have been there for between 5 to 15 years. The remains are believed to be from a white female between 20-45 years of age, height between 5 foot to 5 foot 7 inches tall.

Authorities say the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office was able to definitively determine through a forensic odontologist that the remains are not those of Jodi Huisentruit who disappeared in 1995.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and the DCI request if you have any information regarding a missing person that fits the description above that you contact the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office at #641-421-3000.

Three years ago, WOWT's Brian Mastre, a former colleague of Ms. Huisentruit at KIMT, updated the cold case 20 years after her disappearance. Click here for that story. You can watch the video here.