Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Laura Calderon

Laura Calderon

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, hasn't been seen since July 18.

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".

"Everybody has a Mollie, a person that has changed your life in such a huge way and that's in everybody's lives. Just imagine if somebody had taken your Mollie", Jack, 20, told ABC News on August 3.

"Put yourself in our shoes".

During a briefing Friday, authorities would not confirm any new details about the investigation into Tibbetts' disappearance after she went for a jog near Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18. Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn't show up for work.

The location is more than 230 miles away from where Tibbetts was last seen.

Tibbetts' parents are adamant that their daughter is still alive, and have started raising money to fund a reward for her safe return home.

"It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, that they would just release her and claim the money that we have raised for her freedom", she told reporters.

"We were just having conversations on and off through text and Snapchat, and that was about all".

Dalton Jack
Dalton Jack

Winker said he understands the frustration about the lack of information being released to the public about the case, "We are constantly evaluating what information we should release and what we shouldn't".

"The timeline is very important, obviously, to us, but it's also been very important to us to get to know Mollie and understand what's normal for Mollie, what's not normal for Mollie", Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday.

"I can't tell you how much we appreciate you", he said.

Police say someone spotted a woman who they believed looked like Tibbetts at the Pilot Travel Center, according to KCRG.

There is a large police presence off of Highway 21 in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

For two weeks, investigators have been searching for clues and conducting hundreds of interviews in the search for Mollie Tibbets.

Authorities say Jack has been ruled out as a suspect. An Iowa task force is investigating.

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

The father of Tibbetts, Rob Tibbetts, told the Des Moines Register that his family wants answers. "I don't know that I have the strength in me, and Mollie's lending me her strength". He added, "Do the right thing and let her go".




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