Mollie Tibbetts Update: FBI Takes Over Search, Fears Something Happened ‘Against Her Will’
The FBI said it is joining the search for a missing University of Iowa student who went missing for nearly a week.
The Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency said that Mollie Tibbetts, 20, went missing on July 19 and was last seen in Brookyln, Iowa.
Volunteers searching for her were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Mitch Mortvedt, who is a spokesman from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, told Fox News. “We’re still asking for the public’s help … We’d like to get any information we can. The more eyes and ears we have, the better,” he said.
Mortvedt added that officials are “leaning more and more toward something happening to her against her will.”
Family members said on Facebook on Tuesday that they “have no news to share of our efforts to find Mollie,” adding that “the investigation team continues to work so very hard, in a variety of ways, to bring Mollie home.”
“We know. Many of these efforts will just take time, and as frustrating as that feels, it is just part of how such investigations work,” the update reads.
Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, told KCRG that he got a Snapchat photo from Tibbetts late on Wednesday night after she would have came home from her jog. She was reported missing Thursday after she didn’t arrive at work.
“She hadn’t called in,” he told the media outlet. “I looked at my phone and noticed I texted her good morning that morning and she hadn’t looked at it. So I got ahold of her friends and family.”
“Everything’s on the table, unfortunately,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel told KCCI over the weekend. “We’re hoping that she’s somewhere with a friend and she’ll show up Monday or Tuesday and everything will get back to normal.”
Tibbets, 20, is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and around 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing gym shorts, running shoes, and a black sports bra, the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office stated, The Epoch Times previously reported.
Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is urged to call 641-623-5679 or email the sheriff’s department at Tips@poweshiekcosheriff.com.