Large reward offered for information on missing University of Iowa student

FacebookMollie Tibbetts

Her parents reported her absence to police on July 19, and since then, authorities have embarked on a thorough search of the town of Brooklyn, Iowa, and its surrounds.

Investigators are offering no new details in their search for a University of Iowa student who vanished more than two weeks ago.

Police in Kearney, Missouri, say an employee at a truck stop reported Sunday that she saw a young girl resembling Mollie Tibbetts. It turned out that report was not substantiated, and investigators have ruled out the possibility that it was Tibbets, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl told the Associated Press on Thursday. Investigators say they have concluded that a woman spotted in northwest Missouri was not Tibbetts.

"Come forward, share that information with the authorities, and let's bring Mollie home", Rob Tibbetts, Mollie's father, said.

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. At least 40 individuals and businesses have contributed to the reward fund, according to Greg Willey, VP of Public Relations for Crime Stoppers Of Central Iowa. "We feel this is the best approach because it gives us the best opportunity to resolve this case".

"If someone has abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her", Ms Calderwood said. "Just do the right thing and let her go", he said. Sometimes I just feel her sitting on my shoulder.

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

The University of Iowa sophomore was last seen July 18 on her nightly run. Initially, they said she was wearing a black sports top - but now say the top was pink.

"It certainly helps in that we are able to help establish a timeline and that's certainly critical for any investigation like this", Rahn told ABC News in an interview last week.

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