Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

Authorities ruled out a possible sighting Sunday at a truck stop in Missouri.

An employee at a truck stop in the area says she came face-to-face with a young girl who appeared to be Tibbetts. However, was Tibbetts really sighted?

The FBI is involved in the search for missing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn, Iowa.

The story has gained national attention and the assisting local police in the search.

The possible sighting was reported to police in Kearney, Missouri, according to KMBC-TV. Kearney police then sent a report to the investigating task force. Kearney is about 25 miles northeast of Kansas City. It's located about 3.5 hours from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen.

Kevin Winker of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation speaks about the disappearance of 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts during a news conference Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa.

Mollie's father, Rob Tibbetts, spoke about how the family is doing during this crisis. Thank you all did your efforts to help us bring Mollie home.

Here is one of the Facebook posts circulating in the case and that a person posted on the Finding Mollie Tibbetts Facebook page comment thread.

Investigators have been looking at various data, including social media and information from a Fitbit that Tibbetts is known to have.

There is a $30,000 reward for information that leads police to Mollie's whereabouts.

On the day she disappeared, her brother dropped Tibbetts off at her boyfriend's house so she could dog-sit, HLN reported.

Ms Tibbetts was reported missing the next morning when she didn't show up for work at a day care centre in a nearby town.

Winker said he understands the frustration about the lack of information being released to the public about the case, "We are constantly evaluating what information we should release and what we shouldn't".

So far there have been no suspects or arrests in the disappearance of the University of Iowa sophomore.

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