Today: Iowa Police Say Deceased Fox 4 Meteorologist Not Involved, Not Interviewed

Scratch one local law enforcement rumor…

The rumor that deceased Fox 4 meteorologist Don Harman was interviewed recently by Mason City, Iowa police and/or the FBI about the case of long-missing TV news anchor Jodi Huisentruit: Bogus.

That according to Mason City Investigations Supervisor Lt. Frank Stearns.

"That’s not true," Sterns says. "He was not interviewed. Don Harman has never been a person of interest."

Nor, as noted it the orginal reporting here, merely a source in a stepped-up investigation.

Huisentruit’s case may have gone "cool" but it’s never gone "cold," Stearns says.

"It’s been actively pursued since Day One," Stearns says. "We still have one investigator working on it."

Huisentruit dissapeared from Mason City in 1995 after not showing up for work at KMIT where she was the morning anchor at the time Harman was the station’s main weather guy. And she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Mason City police did find a palm print in Huisentruit’s red Mazda Miata.

Police say they still have the print, the question is, could it be mined for DNA evidence with today’s technology?

"We still aren’t sure of that," Stearns says. "We ‘re still looking into that and what we could do. You’re always hoping that there’s some new technology that will come along.  I’m not going to give you any specifics, but there’s still hope."

According to biometrics.gov, "Palm print recognition inherently implements many of the same matching characteristics that have allowed fingerprint recognition to be one of the most well-known and best publicized biometrics."

However the technology is still evovling, it goes on to say, adding that, "there are still significant challenges in balancing accuracy with system cost."

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14 Responses to Today: Iowa Police Say Deceased Fox 4 Meteorologist Not Involved, Not Interviewed

  1. Chuckles says:

    NICE WORK HEARNE
    Like the pro he is, hearne completes the circle here…thank you hearne, you are a good man.

    ps
    But man, can you get rid of that fucking idiot and talentless glazer….. he really stinks the place up

  2. Merle Tagladucci says:

    “The rumor that deceased Fox 4 meteorologist Don Harman was interviewed recently by Mason City, Iowa police and/or the FBI about the case of long-missing TV news anchor Jodi Huisentruit: Bogus.”

    No shit Sherlock. Bang up job refuting your own story.

  3. Hearne Christopher says:

    Thanks Dr. Watson, but if you recall that was a rumor in local law enforcement circles and was reported as such. It certainly was nothing I dreamed up. And the minute it was mentioned, up popped a commenter with the Huisentruit story and angle.

  4. Condi says:

    Defamation?
    one a the locals thinks you might be sued for you’re ‘reporting’.

    http://willnotbetelevised.com/tv/

  5. Hearne Christopher says:

    Come on, man. This item is interesting but it’s about 99 percent about Tony being on death row in the lawsuit by Nick Wright’s dad.

    Mentioning me – by first name only no less – was basically a last second hip shot. Somebody who’s dead is gonna sue me because I reported that there was speculation pertaining to the circumstances of his death?

    Do you watch CNN? Almost every time there is a dramatic major event, the news comes in one way and then changes as the story developes, sources are checked and more is known.

  6. tiad says:

    OK, Kids…
    …the moral of this story is:

    “The initial defamation is O.K., as long as you check your sources and then change the story later.”

    Hearne will be teaching this in his “Journalism for the New Age” class at community college next semester.

  7. GB says:

    To Summarize
    1. Celebrity who just died might have been a MURDERER!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Nevermind.

  8. gully says:

    Mason City police part of the problem
    I know this makes everyone feel good all under, but the fact remains that most people in Mason City consider the police to be historically less than truthful with regard to this case, while a minority believe there has been active police involvement in this case.

  9. Hearne Christopher says:

    Learn to read; it clearly said in the story, right up top, that it was a local law enforcement rumor that he had been contacted and that if true could be nothing more than police backtracking over and updating a 16 year-old investigation.

  10. Hearne Christopher says:

    Your words

  11. Hearne Christopher says:

    I’ve been doing some extensive looking into of all of this – apart from Harman – and you’re right. It’s a mess up there. How someone of note could just disappear in landlocked Iowa is pretty damn odd.

  12. justice says:

    Seriously???
    You owe the family and friends of Don Harman one hell of an apology for casting this light on him. Now, drama that you created and happily spread along will be forever on the web for his child to see. Wow, karma will be a very big bitch to you one day in the future.

  13. Merle Tagladucci says:

    I like how Lt. Frank Stearns, one of the alleged accomplices in Huisentruit’s disappearance, is Hearne’s go-to for credible information on the case.

  14. Dave says:

    Hearne can’t handle the truth
    Rumor has it that Hearne Christopher kidnapped Baby Lisa! So he could eventually impregnate her and use HER baby’s stem cells to firm up his sagging scrotum! Stay tuned! (Hey, it’s just a rumor …)

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