IA IA - Rodney Olsen, 32, Farmer from Mason City, Oct 1986

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    Rodney Olsen is an Iowa farmer who disappeared into the night in October of 1986. His family is still searching for answers in recent interviews (linked below).

    1. Doe Network Case File: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/120dmia.html
    2. Charley Project Case File: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/o/olsen_rodney.html
    3. Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse: http://www.iowaonline.state.ia.us/mpic/Controller.aspx?cmd=personDetailCommand&id=16900
    4. Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Department: http://www.co.cerro-gordo.ia.us/Sheriff/Most_Wanted/sheriff_Missing.cfm

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 120DMIA


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    Rodney John Olsen
    Missing since October 18, 1986 from Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    * Date Of Birth: October 1, 1954
    * Age at Time of Disappearance: 32 years old
    * Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'0; 210 pounds
    * Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Olsen was last seen on October 18, 1986 in Mason City, IA. Olsen, the father of a young son, farmed a rural farm northeast of Mason City. Olsen moved from his native Britt area not too long before he disappeared.

    Olsen left his rural home at 01.00 to visit someone. Several months later, Olsen’s car, a black 1978 Pontiac Sunbird, was found in a Forest City trailer park. No clues were found to indicate what happened to Olsen.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning Olsen's whereabouts, please contact:
    Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office
    515-421-3000
    OR
    Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
    800-346-5507
    Email

    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCIC Number: M-2211723913

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
     
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    Additional information (including description of his clothes and hair highlighted in blue) from the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse: http://www.iowaonline.state.ia.us/mpic/Controller.aspx?cmd=personDetailCommand&id=16900.

    Name: Rodney J Olsen
    Age At Report: 32
    Age Now: 56
    Weight: 210 lbs.
    Height: 6'00"
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Brown
    Sex: Male
    Incident Type: Endangered / physical

    Rodney Olsen was reported missing to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office, in Mason City on October 18, 1986. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a brown shirt. He has shoulder-length hair.

     
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    News articles profiling Rodney's disappearance.

    Finding the lost, naming the unnamed - Globe Gazette on March 30, 2008


    More North Iowa Cold Cases - Globe Gazette on June 27, 2010

    Article that requires a subscription to read from the Des Moines Register on July 16, 2004: Huisentruit family let down

    Another Globe Gazette mention from August 17, 2008 that does not add much detail: Iowa cold case proposal in the running for funds

     
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    Copying and pasting my update on the Vernon County John Doe thread:

     
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    A bit of good news on the NamUs front. I followed up with my January email to Iowa MPIC since I had not heard back and received a prompt reply from Ms. Linda Mason on my second try. She wrote that she will be in contact with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office to get Rodney into NamUs. Also, she is hoping that his dental records are on file so that he can be compared to the Vernon County John Doe.

    I am feeling encouraged! Even if the long shot match does not occur between Rodney and the John Doe in Vernon County, at least Rodney is taking another step towards being listed in NamUs.
     
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    Ms. Mason and I received an email from Lt. Hunt of the Cerro Gordo Sheriff's Department yesterday that he checked with Rodney's dentist to see if dental records are available. The dentist has retired and his son now runs the practice. His staff searched records and it turns out they shred them after ten years. He also checked with the DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation). It looks like there is no mention of DNA in the case file since back then, it probably was not standard to collect.

    As a follow-up, I sent Lt. Hunt the 2008 Globe Gazette article mentioning that Rodney's family is still searching for him. Maybe DNA can still be collected given it sounds like Rodney left behind several family members. As a long shot, maybe his family has a copy of his dental records given they have been searching for him this long.
     
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    Rodney J. Olsen is now in NamUs: https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/10207/.

    His case was entered April 12, 2011.

    New details not mentioned before:

    * His hair is described as "Dark shoulder-length curly hair."
    * He was clean shaven when last seen.

    Unfortunately, dentals, DNA, and fingerprints all show as still unavailable.

    The LE contact is Lt. Hunt from the Cerro Gordo Sheriff's Office and the case administrator is Ms. Sutherland from the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC).

    Many thanks to Ms. Mason, Lt. Hunt, and Ms. Sutherland for their help in getting Rodney into NamUs.
     
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    Rodney's NamUs profile has been updated to show that DNA samples were submitted and tests are complete. He isn't listed as an official rule-out from the Vernon County John Doe, but since both have DNA samples available with tests complete, I think that means a match would have been flagged if there was one?
     

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