Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri

Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri

Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri

The family of a missing University of Iowa student now believes she is being held captive and has increased the reward for her return.

As search crews continue looking for any trace of Tibbetts in rural Brooklyn, IA, her family is begging people with information to come forward.

More than 40 investigators are now working on the case to find Tibbetts, and they have received over 200 tips that they are following up on, authorities said. Her disappearance has gained national attention.

In an update on August 3, the Iowa Department of Public Safety wrote that "although Mollie has not been located, the investigation into her disappearance has not slowed".

Last Friday that led them to the pig farm near the wildlife reserve where they searched a home and a garage, reportedly without a warrant, Fox News said.

The reward was meant to "help facilitate the process of receiving information anonymously that we can use to pay for her or information that would lead to her location", she said.

Laura Calderwood said Thursday that she believes her daughter, Mollie Tibbetts, is alive and may have been kidnapped.

Dalton Jack
Dalton Jack

Anyone with information in the 20-year-old's disappearance is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400. Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student, has not been seen since she went for a jog in Brooklyn on July 18.

"She's out there. We feel it".

"If someone has abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her", Calderwood said.

The couple chatted via text messages and social media on July 18, just before Tibbetts went out for her evening run which, Jack said, was her regular routine.

On the day she disappeared, her brother dropped Tibbetts off at her boyfriend's house so she could dog-sit, HLN reported.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said that her last known article of clothing is believed to be dark-colored running shorts, and a pink sports top and running shoes, color unknown. In spite of the unanswered questions in the case, "I do think she's out there", Rob Tibbetts said.

"The first night she went missing, I was distraught", Calderwood told CNN affiliate KCCI in Des Moines.

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