Reward for Mollie Tibbetts' safe return raises to $172000

Reward for Mollie Tibbetts' safe return raises to $172000

Reward for Mollie Tibbetts' safe return raises to $172000

Winker said tips have been flowing in since Tibbetts was last seen July 18 while going for a run in Brooklyn.

Laura Calderwood and Rob Tibbetts parents of the missing 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts during a press conference announcing a "Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund" Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations at the Iowa Department of Public Safety, refused to say whether they've identified any suspects in the ongoing case.

Earlier this week police in Kearney, Missouri, said an employee at a truck stop reported Sunday that she saw someone resembling Tibbetts eating at a Taco Bell.

Authorities are investigating a report that a missing Iowa college student might have been seen in northwest Missouri.

In an unusual move, she even said the kidnapper could claim the reward money after setting Tibbetts free.

Additionally, several people reportedly sent KCCI-TV in Des Moines screenshots of a Facebook post about a possible sighting claiming that Tibbetts "might have been drugged, looked disoriented, and was with a truck driver".

ABC News Dalton Jack is interviewed by ABC News
ABC News Dalton Jack is interviewed by ABC News"Good Morning America" from Brooklyn Iowa Aug. 3 2018

On Thursday, her family and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa are holding a press conference to discuss the case.

"We believe that Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her we are pleading with you to please release her", said Calderwood.

"What we're trying to do is shake the tree", said Greg Willey with Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa. Investigators have reached no conclusions about why she has disappeared.

But he said, "I'm confident we have a solid timeline that we're working on" - though he added that they weren't releasing that information just yet.

Police say that a thorough search was done, witnesses were interviewed, and video footage was reviewed.

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

Family members have urged the public to come forward with any information, "the bottom line is somebody knows something", Tibbetts father, Rob, told Fox News.


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