Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Family of Missing Iowa College Student Mollie Tibbetts Believes She's Still Alive

Family of Missing Iowa College Student Mollie Tibbetts Believes She's Still Alive

Laura Calderwood said during a news conference that she believes her daughter, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, is alive but has potentially been kidnapped. "Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman, and I don't know that I have the strength in me but Mollie is lending me her strength every day, every night". Investigators say they have concluded that a woman spotted in northwest Missouri was not Tibbetts.

Her father, Rob Tibbetts, said his family wakes up early each day to do what they can to assist in the search.

Investigators have combed the corn fields and rural roads of the small town where she was last seen and analyzed her digital footprint including data from her Fitbit, but her whereabouts are still unknown.

She said the money would be paid to anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa that leads to Tibbetts' safety.

Kearney police said they have interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance footage and have forwarded the information to the Iowa investigating task force.

"Doing what we can in the moment to get her safe first", he said on "GMA" Friday morning.

Jack has said that he believes Tibbetts would have had both her fitness tracker and cellphone when she went out for her jog.

"The Kearney Missouri Police Department did respond to a possible sighting on 7-26-2018 at a truck stop within our jurisdiction", local police said in an official statement. "We are told very little by the authorities, for a very good reason....they don't need to share information with someone who might be implicated in this".

But he said he believes the case will be solved by someone who comes forward with new information. Investigators have reached no conclusions about why she has disappeared. "If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they're in over their head and they've made a frightful mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further", he said. She was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes of an unknown color.

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