Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

FacebookMollie Tibbetts

FacebookMollie Tibbetts

By Thursday afternoon search teams were back in the area, combing the nearby fields for any trace of the missing girl, according to Fox News.

Her family and friends are posting flyers, talking to people and doing media interviews to spread awareness about the 20-year-old.

Investigators say that an Iowa student who has been missing for two weeks may have been spotted at a truck stop near Kansas City, Missouri, and is thought to be with a truck driver. "A report was sent to the investigating task force regarding this possible sighting".

Richard Rahn, special agent in charge of the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation, said data from Tibbetts' FitBit, a GPS-enabled activity tracker, has been "helpful" and could be "key" in locating her.

Calderwood said the money would be paid to anyone who provides information that leads to her daughter's safe return.

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Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa on Thursday said that the Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund for information leading to her safe return reached $172,000 as of August 2, according to the Register.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa spokesman Greg Willey promised to protect the anonymity of tipsters who call in or submit tips online, saying the group uses software that scrubs identifying information. Tibbetts, a 20-year-old college student, has not been seen since she went for a jog in Brooklyn on July 18.

"At this point, we don't know her exact whereabouts but we continue to look". Mollie Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, believes she may have been abducted. "Just imagine if somebody had taken your Mollie", Jack, 20, told ABC News on August 3.

Calderwood said she still feel's her daughter's presence.

On July 18, the day she disappeared, Tibbetts' brother dropped her off at her boyfriend's house so she could dog-sit, HLN reported. We're looking for you. "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". She was last seen wearing dark coloring running shorts, a pink shirt, and running shoes.

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