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HUMAN REMAINS: Iowa law enforcement goes back to investigate Mason City riverbank

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Iowa law enforcement agencies search for human remains in Mason City along the Winnebago River

MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- On March 11, Mason City resident found human remains at Murphy Park on Illinois Avenue. The investigation continued Thursday, but so far is turning up more questions than answers.

"The remains as we found them were not neatly arranged or in a sensical fashion to be evaluated. I think it just took some time," said Chief Jeff Brinkley of the Mason City Police Department.

After sending the clothing and human bones found in March to Ankeny for investigation, it was determined that those remains might not be the only clues.

"Through their process of assessment and investigation, the medical examiner believed their may be more to recover at the scene," Brinkley said.

Thursday morning, investigators were back at Murphy Park. Normally, there is spring flooding of the Winnebago River. However, the water level is low this year so investigating the scene was not hindered.

"We were able to work where we wanted to today," Brinkley said.

Mason City Police Department and assisting law enforcement agencies were able to collect more evidence that could help reveal the person's identity.

"They're going to go back and finish putting their investigation together," the police chief said. "We're working on figuring out identification, collecting DNA from the specimen and hopefully match that up."

Some are speculating the remains could be those of Jane Schruer, also known as Jane Mikkelson. She is a Mason City woman missing since 2019.

Other speculate that it could be missing television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit. She was last seen 25 years ago from her apartment only a mile and a half away from the scene.

Neither Find or the Mason City Police Department are making any assumptions.

"We don't have any comment about that at the moment," Brinkley said. "Obviously, we want to get a complete picture before we make a conclusion that may be wrong."

The chief says there will be more answers when the DNA test results come back in a few weeks.

Alex Tejada

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