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Mason City Police Chief Speaks on Jodi Huisentruit case on Her 50th Birthday

June 05, 2018 10:15 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- 6:30 with Betsy Singer spoke extensively with Mason City Chief Jeff Brinkley on the progress of the Jodi Huisentruit case.

Tuesday marks what would have been Jodi's 50th birthday, and members of findjodi.com set up billboards around Mason City asking the public's help for any leads to the decades-old case on the missing KIMT news anchor.

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"I think we share the same goal of wanting to get to the bottom of this," said Chief Brinkley.

Brinkley has been with the Mason City Police Department for two years.

"I walked in there knowing this was here," said Brinkley. "I didn't know the attention it was getting and the requirements it takes for us to manage that, but we're working on it and this is a serious case that remains so for us too."

When the investigation started decades ago, authorities received backlash on how the investigation was being handled.

"I think we're in a good place today," said Brinkley.  "I think there was some good work done years ago by different points and different agencies...it's a matter of putting it back together."

Jodi's family sent a statement that was read at one of the billboards on Tuesday. It was posted on findjodi.com:

We would like to send out a big thank you to the members of the Find Jodi team for all of the work they have done and continue to do in trying to find answers and keeping Jodi’s case alive, including these beautiful billboards. It is amazing to us that many of the members never met or knew Jodi personally, yet they are so willing to give of their own time and resources to help solve the case and bring Jodi the justice she deserves. We would especially like to thank Josh Benson, his wife Tara Manis Benson, and Caroline Lowe for all of the time and effort they put into making these billboards a reality. We are so grateful, and we know Jodi would be as well.

We would also like to say thank you to the members of Jodi’s Network of Hope for all of the work they do in making something good out of something so tragic. From scholarships and safety training to the annual golf tournament, you help keep Jodi’s spirit alive, and we are grateful to you.

Finally, we would like to say thank you to all of you who came out for this event today, have attended events in the past, and/or continue to have an interest in Jodi and the case. The care and support you have shown has meant the world to us.

Today would have been Jodi’s 50th birthday. What should be a day of celebration is now a day of reflection for us as we think about what we have lost and the moments we have missed out on sharing with her. We know that, if she was with us today, we would all be together with Jodi and her friends celebrating this milestone. Jodi was known for her creativity in planning events, and she would have most likely planned something spectacular for this occasion. However, instead of celebrating, we are left still agonizing over what happened to Jodi almost 23 years ago. Not a day goes by where we do not think of Jodi and wish she was still here with us. We need answers, and Jodi deserves justice. We hope that these billboards will help in finding both. 

Brinkley said, "We hope one of these days it will be an opportunity for us to really showcase the work that was done by a whole team of people over many years to bring some resolution and some successful conclusion in holding someone responsible."

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Vivien Tran

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