The 20-year-old was last seen on the evening of July 18, when she went for a routine jog in Brooklyn, a town of about 1400 people in central Iowa.
Investigators search two hog farms after following up on tips, but the searches yield no results. This was before 1:30 this afternoon.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl confirmed Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 that the reported sighting of Mollie Tibbetts wasn't substantiated and has been ruled out by investigators.
In just one day, the "Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund" raised $172,000 (AUD $233,500) Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, revealed at a press conference on Thursday. Together, they pleaded for the public's hand. "Someone who has affected them in a way that she affected everybody standing up here". "Imagine if his was you".
Willey said Thursday that the reward fund will continue to grow.
Rob Tibbetts, echoed what the DCI has said since the beginning, that any tip big or small could prove useful to the investigation. He called the fund "another tool in our arsenal", saying his daughter's disappearance will be solved by someone providing information. "Nothing is irrelevant and nothing is trivial". Because we are told very little by the authorities, for very good reason. Crime Stoppers emphasized that it has set up an anonymous tipline, and anyone using that tipline to send in information that brings her home will be able to receive the reward anonymously.
However, they did say that the man being sought out for taking photos of women jogging turned himself in. "Every day I feel Mollie's presence with me".More news: New Zealand snub Pakistan tour due to security concerns
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"Mollie was a friend to everybody", said Kim Calderwood, her aunt.
However, a woman who wrote on Facebook that she was part of the discussion group where the claim originated cast doubts on its legitimacy in a post.
Crimestoppers also mentioned this effort is parallel to investigators but not in conjunction with them.
Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel announces that no one from the "tight-knit" community in Brooklyn has been missing this long.
Police dashed out a glimmer of hope in the case of a missing Iowa college student after a possible sighting had been reported near Kansas City, Missouri, last week.
Investigators continue to follow up with tips and leads.