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Play tells Jodi Huisentruit's story


SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's an unsolved mystery in Northern Iowa that continues to gain attention, 17 years later. Just how did the beloved TV morning show anchor, Jodi Huisentruit disappear and why hasn't she been found?

A locally produced play looks to shed-light on this unsolved mystery. The play is called "Fade to Black" and it has one sole purpose, to help find Jodi.

It was exactly 17-years ago, on June 28th,  that Jodi disappeared  from her apartment complex parking lot, as she walked to her car.

June 27th, 1995 KIMT TV anchor, Jodi Huisentruit, goes missing.

"The first blow came towards the back of my head and the second. I fell to the ground. Ahhhh!"

Sarah Kohn plays the role of Jodi in this unsolved cold case.

"It's a different feeling to portray someone real, that is just so very different for me," explained Kohn.

For more than a decade, playwright Gary Peterson, compiled leads and countless bits of information about Jodi's disappearance. The play takes us back to Jodi's early life in her hometown of Long Prairie, Minnesota.

"When she first graduated from high school, went into college and journalism and then her first jobs in Cedar Rapids and Mason City," stated Peterson.

So, what happened in the days leading up to Jodi's death? Her friends, co-workers and lovers give us insight throughout the play.

"Jodi loves people and people love Jodi, but sometimes she is naive and she needs to be constantly reminded that people need try to take advantage of her," explains one of Jodi's friends, portrayed in the play.

As the play unfolds, the web that was this young journalist's life, only becomes more tangled.

"I think you will be shocked about the information that you hear, very surprised and very curious. What we actually end up with is that you come to your own conclusion with the information that we have provided to you and the characterization of the people involved," explained Kohn and Debbie Neville, the plays director.

An unsolved cold-case where you're the investigator. So, who done it? Why and where is the beloved Jodi Huisentruit?

Following the play there will be a half-hour question and answer session to help you put the many pieces of the puzzle together. The play, "Fade to Black" opens tomorrow evening at the Spring Valley Community Center and goes through Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ahead of time, $12 at the door.

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