Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Police say woman in Missouri was not missing Iowa student

Police say woman in Missouri was not missing Iowa student

Investigators have said previously that they were confident on Tibbetts' digital footprint, but they did not release any information as to where that was.

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Over two weeks since her shock disappearance, the family of missing university student Molly Tibbetts have not given up hope.

"Mollie was a friend to everybody", said Kim Calderwood, her aunt. "Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman, and I don't know that I have the strength in me but Mollie is lending me her strength every day, every night".

Her father, Rob Tibbetts, said his family wakes up early each day to do what they can to assist in the search.

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"We're providing this fund to provide some financial incentive for someone who's otherwise reluctant to come forward", he said.

"This is a fight for our daughter", he said.

On Thursday, her family and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa held a news conference to announce the fund has so far raised $172,000. Donations can be made on the Crime Stoppers website, he noted.

Willey said his organization has software that makes tips "encrypted and scrubbed", so authorities could not identify or contact the tipsters if they wanted.

Yesterday, the reward for information leading to Tibbetts' safe return increased to $30,000.

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Tibbetts was last seen on the evening of July 18, when she went for a routine jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, a town of about 1,400 people in central Iowa.

Investigators have been looking at various data, including social media and information from a Fitbit that Tibbetts is known to have used. "They've put together a very sophisticated investigation", he said of the police. Investigators are still trying to determine why she disappeared.

Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel, Iowa Department of Public Safety Investigative Operations Director Kevin Winker and Iowa Missing Person Clearinghouse Manager Medina Rahmanovic spoke at the event.

"Tibbetts is 5'2" and approximately 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Tibbetts was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes.

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Officials expect to update the public on their investigation again Friday.

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