Large reward offered for information on missing University of Iowa student

Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

According to police, officers responded to a possible sighting of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts on Thursday, July 26, at a truck stop in their jurisdiction.

But he says investigators will continue to withhold basic details about the case because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve it.

Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, went missing after going out for a jog on July 18, 2018.

Tibbetts' parents are adamant that their daughter is still alive, and have started raising money to fund a reward for her safe return home.

"What we're trying to do is shake the tree", said Greg Willey with Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.

"We believe that Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her we plead with you [to let her go]", Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, said.




Jack, also 20, said he doesn't believe there's a chance Tibbetts would have left on her own accord. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl confirmed Thursday that the reported sighting of Mollie Tibbetts wasn't substantiated and has been ruled out by investigators.

The couple chatted via text messages and social media on July 18, just before Tibbetts went out for her evening run which, Jack said, was her regular routine.

"It is our greatest hope that if someone has her that they would just release her and claim that money that we have raised for her freedom". Initially, they said she was wearing a black sports top - but now say the top was pink.

On Thursday, Mollie Tibbetts' family and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa held a press conference encouraging the public to make use of the reward fund. Crime Stoppers emphasized that it has set up an anonymous tipline, and anyone using that tipline to send in information that brings her home will be able to receive the reward anonymously. Investigators have reached no conclusions about why she has disappeared.

"The first night she went missing, I was distraught", Calderwood told CNN affiliate KCCI in Des Moines.

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