Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri

Minnie Murray
August 3, 2018

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

Laura Calderwood said Thursday that she believes her daughter, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, is alive and may have been kidnapped.

But he says investigators will continue to withhold basic details about the case because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve it.

"The Kearney Missouri Police Department did respond to a possible sighting on 7-26-2018 at a truck stop within our jurisdiction", local police said in an official statement.

Calderwood announced at a news conference that $172,000 and counting had been raised for a new "Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe" reward fund. At least 40 individuals and businesses have contributed to the reward fund, according to Greg Willey, VP of Public Relations for Crime Stoppers Of Central Iowa.

This is a developing story; we'll keep you updated. Sometimes I just feel her sitting on my shoulder.

Jack, in the ABC News interview, said that he and Tibbetts chatted via text messages and social media on July 18 before she went out for a jog, which was her regular routine.

Additionally, several people reportedly sent KCCI-TV in Des Moines screenshots of a Facebook post about a possible sighting claiming that Tibbetts "might have been drugged, looked disoriented, and was with a truck driver". "I don't know that I have the strength in me, but Mollie is lending me her strength every day, every night". Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, was the last person to hear from Tibbetts. She was last seen wearing dark coloring running shorts, a pink shirt, and running shoes. In spite of the unanswered questions in the case, "I do think she's out there", Rob Tibbetts said.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa on Thursday said that the Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund for information leading to her safe return reached $172,000 as of August 2, according to the Register.

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