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Private investigator secures new information in Huisentruit case

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MASON CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- A new confession could bring the case of Jodi Huisentruit that much closer to a resolution.

Huisentruit was the morning news anchor for KIMT in Mason City. She disappeared in June 1995 before her shift. While is has been assumed she was abducted, there has never been any arrests made in the case.

Steve Ridge, a private investigator who has followed the Huisentruit case closely for years, said he was able to secure a confession from someone who destroyed evidence that might have been crucial in solving the case.

"I think this is clearly a case where time has gotten the best of someone who, at the time, panicked essentially and destroyed some evidence, or potential evidence, that could be very pivotal in the case," Ridge said.

Ridge said the person initially withheld information from authorities out of fear of being arrested in the case. He said this person was extensively questioned by Mason City Police following Huisentruit's disappearance. After several conversations, the person agreed to allow Ridge to share such information with the proper federal authorities.

“This person found themselves in a very volatile and extremely dangerous situation.  Unfortunately, the evidence that they destroyed might have led to a timely arrest and conviction,” Ridge said.  “This person told me that they have lived their entire life in fear having carried this dark secret for 25 agonizing years."

Ridge said this is the biggest breakthrough he has been associated with in the case.

He would not identify the person or what kind of evidence was destroyed, citing the importance of secrecy if it ever comes up in front of a grand jury.

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