Mother of missing Iowa woman believes she may be held captive

04 August, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Carlos George
  • Mollie Tibbetts

Her family is just hoping the efforts will bring Tibbetts home safely. "We believe that Mollie is still alive, and if someone has abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her", she said.

"Everybody has a Mollie, a person that has changed your life in such a huge way and that's in everybody's lives".

Kevin Winker, the Director of Investigative Operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, did not offer any new information on suspects or leads.

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 family of a missing University of Iowa student now believes she is being held captive and has increased the reward for her return.

Tibbetts was reported missing after she failed to show up for work in Brooklyn, Iowa, a farming community of about 1,500 people where she was living over the summer with her longtime boyfriend.

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

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The clothing item was reportedly found by a person mowing the lawn near the Lincoln Wildlife Reserve, which is in the same area as a pig farm searched by FBI investigators last week for almost two hours.

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

Thursday afternoon the focus of the search was on an area of Poweshiek County just off Highway 21. "I can not comment on if there are suspects or persons of interest".

However, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl confirmed Thursday that the reported sighting of Tibbetts wasn't substantiated and has been ruled out by investigators.

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

"Everyday I feel Mollie's presence with me".

Tibbetts was studying psychology and wanted to get a doctorate and write books, her father said. She called Tibbetts an "incredibly strong woman". "Just do the right thing and let her go", he said. She was last spotted jogging around 7:30 that evening, wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, the sheriff's office said.


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