PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - “You’re watching News Channel 3 Daybreak, the time is 6 o’clock, its 68 degrees and light showers.”

This was the last time viewers would see Jodi Huisentruit anchor the Mason City, Iowa news.

“At this hour investigators still have no clues as to where Jodi Huisentruit might be,” said Iowa anchors in a 1995 newscast.

She disappeared the morning of June 27, 1995 and has never been found.

“Where is she? Who knows something that hasn’t come forward?” asks Caroline Lowe in a preview clip of this Saturday’s 48 Hours airing on CBS, revisiting the Huisentruit case.

Lowe is a journalist and private investigator and has been actively involved in finding her for over two decades. She played a large role in getting new billboards put up in Mason City in 2018.

“Our message was simple. Somebody knows something. Someone knows something. Is it you?” Lowe told AZ Family over FaceTime.

John Vansice, a close friend of Huisentruit's, told police he was the last person to see her before she went missing.

“What do we know about John Vansice?” reporter Briana Whitney asked Lowe.

“He says Jodi came over to his duplex the night before to look at a video a friend shot at a birthday party,” said Lowe.

Even though Vansice was over 20 years older than Huisentruit, the two were good friends and often went boating together.

One of her best friends, Candy Host, told us his affection toward Huisentruit was clear.

“He quite honestly was in love with her,” she told AZ Family over the phone. “He was friendly to her, and was always very helpful to her and invited her around to meet some of his friends,” Host said.

Days after Huisentruit disappeared, police interviewed Vansice who spoke to the media.

“They’ve interviewed me twice, but they haven’t made any indication that I’m a suspect,” Vansice told the media in 1995.

The "Find Jodi" team uncovered new information last year.

Court documents reveal Mason City Police executed a search warrant for GPS data on two cars linked to John Vansice in March of 2017.

The information as to why, is sealed.

So our team went to Vansice's Phoenix home to ask him about Huisentruit ourselves. He opened the door.

“Hi, are you John Vansice?” asked reporter Briana Whitney.

“Yes,” he responded.

“I’m Briana Whitney. Nice to meet you. This is my camera guy. We’re with the local CBS 5 and Channel 3. And we wanted to ask you if…we know you cared about Jodi ahead of this 48 hours…”

Vansice slammed the door closed.

Again, Vansice has never been named a suspect by Mason City Police.

The “48 Hours” episode airs Saturday on CBS 5 at 9 p.m.

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