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The clock is ticking: Execution date approaching for convicted killer that may hold key in Huisentruit case

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Jodi Huisentruit

MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- The lead investigator in Jodi Huisentruit's cold case says a convicted killer on death row holds a piece of the puzzle that will help solve the 25 year old mystery what happened to the news anchor.

Dustin Honken, a convicted murderer of 5 people, sits on death row. His execution is fast approaching and he is scheduled to die on July 17th at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Iowa-licensed private investigator Steve Ridge has been working tirelessly on Huisentruit's case for nearly two years. He said he spoke with Honken's accomplice and former significant other Angela Johnson directly. According to Ridge, she told him Honken knows what happened to Huisentruit. Johnson is spending life in prison for her role in the murders she and Honken committed. Ridge said he is the only person who has been able to talk to Johnson directly.

Ridge has appealed to Honken's federal public defenders for the opportunity to interview Honken regarding his knowledge about what happened to Huisentruit. Ridge said there are complex connections that links Honken to Huisentruit. He said even if Honken didn't have a direct role in her disappearance, he most likely knows who did.

Ridge said he spoke with the fiance of close friend of Huisentruit's named Billy Pruin. The fiance reportedly said Pruin was "very, very nervous" in 1995 when federal drug charges were dropped against Honken.

"Two weeks later, Billy Pruin was dead of a gunshot wound," Ridge said. "That has never been solved, he was a good friend of Jodi's and three months after that happened, Jodi went missing."

Ridge said Honken's appeals have been exhausted and his legal team would need to file an emergency appeal to the United States Supreme Court to delay the execution. He said as their legal team, filing an emergency appeal should be a priority for them, especially if it meant valuable information could be given to help Huisentruit's case.

Ridge said he is confident the case will be solved soon and he looks forward to bringing closure to Huisentruit's family.

Megan Zemple

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