The body of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was found
Tuesday, her father and two sources told Fox News, bringing an
end to an intensive search that lasted more than a month and
captured national headlines.
Tibbetts' father, Rob Tibbetts, told Fox News the body found is
that of his 20-year-old daughter, who vanished in mid-July.
A law enforcement source earlier told Fox News the body was
found in Iowa, but more specific details about the location were
not released. Iowa Department of Public Safety said a body was
discovered in Poweshiek County.
Mollie Tibbetts split
Authorities believe they found the body of Mollie Tibbetts on
Greg Willey, the vice president of Crime Stoppers of Central
Iowa, also told the Associated Press the body found Tuesday is
believed to be Tibbetts.
No arrests have been announced in connection with the Tibbetts
case. A news conference was announced for 4 p.m. local time on
Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was reported missing
after she failed to respond to messages from her boyfriend,
Dalton Jack, and did not show up for work. She was last seen
jogging around Brooklyn around 7:30 p.m. on July 18 and was
staying with her boyfriend and working while home from school
over the summer. She would have started her junior year of
college this week.
Missing college student from Iowa seen laughing in video
recorded by her friend the day before she went missing.
MOLLIE TIBBETTS, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENT, MISSING: A TIMELINE
Tibbetts' family pleaded for her safe return and had remained
hopeful she would be found alive. Rob Tibbetts was returning
home to the San Francisco area after spending weeks looking for
his daughter, The Des Moines Register reported Sunday.
"The bottom line is somebody knows something," Rob Tibbetts
previously told Fox News, adding Brooklyn is a small city and
“you can’t do anything there without someone seeing it.”
Investigators say they want to speak to anyone 'who was in the
areas indicated on July 18, 2018 between the hours of 5PM and
For the last month, investigators followed “hundreds” of leads —
interviewing hundreds of people and canvassing a nearby hog
farm, cornfields and other properties for traces of the college
student. Two items Tibbetts typically took with her — a Fitbit
and cellphone — remained missing.
Investigators announced last week they were focusing the search
on five locations in and around Brooklyn, which included a car
wash just a block away from the city’s main commercial strip and
a TA truck stop next to Interstate-80, which runs across the
entirety of Iowa.
Brooklyn, a town of just 1,400 people, was shaken by Tibbetts'
disappearance. Blake Jack, the brother of Tibbetts’ boyfriend,
told Fox News on Aug. 8 there was no sign of a struggle at the
Brooklyn home she was staying in at the time.
Robert Tibbetts says authorities are 'extremely motivated' to
find his missing daughter, urges potential abductor not to
escalate or drag out the ordeal.Video
Mollie Tibbetts' father to potential abductor: Let her go
Dalton Jack, Tibbetts' boyfriend of two years, said he believed
the doors of the home where his girlfriend last stayed had been
“It’s Brooklyn. You don’t lock your doors,” Jack told Fox News.
“We lock our doors now. Every night.”
MOLLIE TIBBETTS, MISSING IOWA STUDENT, HAS ALWAYS RELIED ON
PRAYER, DAD SAYS
Rob Tibbetts stayed optimistic to the end, theorizing his
daughter must have been with someone she knew and would return
“It's totally speculation on my part, but I think Mollie is with
someone that she knows, that is in over their head,” he told Fox
News. “That there was some kind of misunderstanding about the
nature of their relationship and at this point they don't know
how to get out from under this.”
rob tibbetts handouts
Rob Tibbetts, Mollie's father, hands out posters in search for
his missing daughter.
A reward of nearly $400,000 leading to information on Tibbetts'
whereabouts will now become a reward for information leading to
the capture of any suspects.
"Once they catch their breath, this will turn into a weapon
going the other direction to catch the person who did it,"