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AUSTIN EDITION Austin man's prints not linked to Huisentruit

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By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Palm prints taken earlier this month from a former Austin man do not match those found at the scene where a Mason City, Iowa, woman disappeared nine years ago, police said this morning.

Mason City police released the findings of the palm-print comparison today.

Thomas Gary Corscadden, 52, who has been a suspect in the 1995 disappearance of TV newswoman Jodi Huisentruit in Mason City, gave the prints Aug. 3 under court orders to Mower County authorities. He was in Austin for a civil-commitment hearing.

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Mason City police requested the prints after realizing no such prints were on file for Corscadden, according to the warrant. Mason City police collected at least one partial palm print from the Huisentruit crime scene, the warrant stated.

Huisentruit, whose body has not been found, was declared dead in court proceedings in May 2001.

Corscadden, who is being held at a state security hospital in St. Peter, Minn., until judgment is made on his commitment case, said this morning that the Mason City announcement offers "some relief." But, he added that he's not naive enough to think he won't continue to be a suspect until the case is solved.

"I had nothing to hide from those people (investigators)," Corscadden said this morning. "I had nothing to do with that."

Mason City detectives interviewed Corscadden on Monday at the St. Peter facility, Corscadden said. He said he had no part in Huisentruit's disappearance and said he'd take another polygraph test about it.

Mason City authorities were not available this morning to verify the visit.

According to court records, Corscadden, who was living in Austin, became a suspect in Huisentruit's July 27, 1995, disappearance because of his history of sex offenses and because he was driving a van at the time. A witness saw a white van in the area around the time of Huisentruit's disappearance, according to the warrant.

During testimony at his commitment hearing, Corscadden admitted he bragged about being a suspect in the Huisentruit case. He said he wanted to enjoy his "15 minutes of fame" no matter if it was good or bad.

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