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Human remains found east of Mason City a shock to those in area

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said a family was out walking their pets when they stumbled upon the bones May 20.

Posted: May. 31, 2018 11:10 AM
Updated: Jun. 1, 2018 6:36 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa – Since news broke Wednesday that a decayed body was found in rural Cerro Gordo County, many calls have been fielded from relatives of missing people, according to authorities.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said a family was out walking their pets when they stumbled upon the bones May 20.

Pals also said law enforcement “doesn’t know that a crime has been committed” because there has been no identification.

The body, which the Iowa Department of Public Safety said is a white female between 20-45 years old and between 5-foot and 5-7, has been at the location between 5-15 years, authorities said.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office says a forensic examination of the teeth found as part of the remains definitively proved they are not the remains of Jodi Huisentruit, a KIMT anchor who disappeared on June 27, 1995.

The Sheriff's Office contacted Jodi's family before the information was made public as a way to try and avoid some of the heartache that comes with a missing person. It also keeps people from tresspassing on private property, something they say they have had in the past when they have found female remains.

Paul Hanson is a farmer on the block where the remains were found. He said he remembered seeing the different agencies investigating the property but believed it was only a training until law enforcment started talking to those nearby.

"A DCI agent talked to me yesterday and told me about the bones ... first I knew about it. You could have really knocked me over with a feather when I heard the news, quite honestly," said Hanson.

Pals said officials are not giving out the exact location of where the body was found but it was on private property in the 22000 block of 275th St. The location is a couple miles east of the NIACC campus.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation ask anyone with information about a missing person matching this description to call 641-421-3000.

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