Search For Mollie Tibbetts Not Slowing Down Over 2 Weeks Later

BROOKLYN, IA — More than two weeks after Mollie Tibbetts went missing, authorities say the investigative response into finding the 20-year-old University of Iowa student has not slowed down. Tibbetts was last seen around 7:30 p.m. on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa while she went for a jog.

Kevin Winker, the director of investigative operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said at a Friday press conference that authorities have been searching ponds, fields and have conducted air searches in the effort to find Tibbetts. Winker provided few new details into the investigation but said that the focus continues to be to find Tibbetts.

Winker said that when it comes to suspects, authorities continue to look at all possibilities but he wasn’t in a position to say who may or may not be a suspect in the case. He also said authorities have a solid timeline that they are working off of but he wasn’t ready to disclose that.

Tips have been coming in regularly in the case and Winker said numerous people have been interviewed.

Asked if the case was being investigated as an abduction, Winker said it was being treated as missing persons investigation. He also said he would not speculate when asked if authorities suspected foul play.

Winker said he wasn’t going to speak to whether authorities were any closer to finding Tibbetts today than they were two weeks ago.

On Thursday, Tibbetts’ mother, Laura Calderwood, announced a reward fund that has raised $172,000 to bring the missing woman home safe. The fund was created in partnership with Crime Stopper of Central Iowa.

“We believe that Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her,” Calderwood said on Thursday.

Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel provided the details surrounding Tibbetts’ disappearance again. On the day she was last seen, she was believe to be wearing dark colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at (800) 452-1111. Tips can also be submitted online via the Crime Stoppers website. Tips can also be submitted via email at tips@poweshiekcosheriff.com.

Image via Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency

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