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When Someone Goes Missing: New Teams Help Find Abducted Children Faster

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Twenty three years ago, Mason City TV news anchor Jodi Huisentruit disappeared. She would be 50 years old this month. To commemorate the anniversary, the group FindJodi.com has put up billboards outside Mason City. 

During this River to River conversation, host Ben Kieffer talks with Beth Bednar, author of the book Dead Air and a member of the Find Jodi team, about Huisentruit's disapperance. 

Medina Rahmamovic, manager of Iowa's Missing Person Clearninghouse, and Michael Montsinger, special agent in charge of the Child Abduction Response Team for central Iowa, also join the conversation. 

Iowa's Child Abduction Response Team is a new team of law enforcement professionals that has been formed across the state in the last few years. Montsinger says the Iowa Department of Public Safety started looking toward training more officers to handle child abduction cases after the disappearances of two Evansdale girls a two years ago. 

"Time is of the essence when a child is abducted, so this way law enforcement can call out to fellow law enforcement officers that have been trained in child abduction. That way we can put more people on the ground," he says. "Then we can respond a lot quicker." 

There are currently 396 missing persons listed on Iowa's Missing Person Clearinghouse list. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River