Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old from Brooklyn, Iowa, has been missing for two weeks.

However, Kearney police Sgt. Joe Kantola told KMBC-TV that "if Mollie had been spotted in the surveillance video from the truck stop, he would have mentioned it in the statement", and he said only one person claimed to have seen someone who looked like Tibbetts at the truck stop.

"Come forward, share that information with the authorities, and let's bring Mollie home", Rob Tibbetts, Mollie's father, said.

The Mollie Tibbetts search turned up a red shirt near an Iowa pig farm this week and, while it is not clear whose shirt it was, Fox News reported confirming that the missing college student worked at a day care where the uniform includes red shirts. Calderwood believes it's possible that someone took her daughter.

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.

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

Dalton Jack
Dalton Jack

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400.

Mollie's boyfriend, Dalton Jack, also pleaded for her safe return at a news conference Thursday. "It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, that they would just release her and claim that money we have raised for her freedom".

The morning after she disappeared, Tibbetts' family reported her missing after she didn't show up to her job at a daycare center in a nearby town. He said he believes there is someone out there who is withholding information, either because they think it's too trivial or because they are anxious it will incriminate a loved one.

"Mollie was a friend to everybody", said Kim Calderwood, her aunt. "We feel this is the best approach because it gives us the best opportunity to resolve this case".

Investigators have been looking at various data, including social media and information from a Fitbit that Tibbetts is known to have used.

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