'Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund' reaches $200,000

Mollie Tibbetts went for an evening jog last week and hasn’t been seen since

In just one day, the "Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund" raised $172,000 (AUD $233,500) Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, revealed at a press conference on Thursday.

"It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, they will just release her", the emotional mother continued.

"Everybody has a Mollie, a person that has changed your life in such a huge way and that's in everybody's lives".

"The timeline is very important, obviously, to us, but it's also been very important to us to get to know Mollie and understand what's normal for Mollie, what's not normal for Mollie", Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday.

As many as 40 investigators a day have been working on prioritizing - and then checking out - any leads that have poured in.

The family of a missing University of Iowa student now believes she is being held captive and has increased the reward for her return. "Everyday I feel Mollie's presence with me".

The reward was meant to "help facilitate the process of receiving information anonymously that we can use to pay for her or information that would lead to her location", she said.

However, it was later revealed that authorities had ruled that sighting out and say the woman in the truck stop was not Mollie Tibbetts.

Mollie Tibbetts 20 vanished after going out for an evening run in Brooklyn Iowa
Mollie Tibbetts 20 vanished after going out for an evening run in Brooklyn Iowa

Jack, in the ABC News interview, said that he and Tibbetts chatted via text messages and social media on July 18 before she went out for a jog, which was her regular routine.

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

Thursday afternoon the focus of the search was on an area of Poweshiek County just off Highway 21.

Authorities are investigating an unconfirmed sighting of missing Iowa woman Mollie Tibbets.

"She's out there. We feel it".

Tibbetts was alone and dog sitting at her boyfriend's house at the time of her disappearance. Let her go and turn yourself in.

Tibbetts was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes.




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