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IA MOLLIE TIBBETTS: Missing from Brooklyn, IA – 18 July 2018 – Age 20 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by Imamazed, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Iowans search for 20-year-old student who went missing while jogging

    Authorities have very few answers after a college student from Iowa went missing on Wednesday night while going out for an evening jog.

    Mollie Tibbetts, 20, left for an evening run from a house where she was dog sitting with her boyfriend in Brooklyn, Iowa, at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday and not been seen since.

    "She might have a FitBit on and she might have her cellphone, but obviously we've tried just calling her but it's either off or dead so it would go straight to voicemail," her boyfriend Dalton Jack said.

    Jack told ABC News that Tibbetts, who attends the University of Iowa, sent him a routine photo over Snapchat the night she disappeared.

    The area is largely farmland, and hundreds of volunteers searched acres of barns, dirt roads and cornfields on Friday and Saturday in a bid to find the missing woman. Officials also used a helicopter to help search the area.

    "This is not like her at all," her aunt Kim Calderwood told Des Moines ABC affiliate WOI. "She's a very responsible and conscientious young woman."

    Authorities told Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate KCRG they did not need any more volunteer searchers.

    Tibbetts was last seen wearing running shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, authorities said. She is about 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

    Brooklyn is located in eastern Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines.

    "We miss you, we're looking for you and we will never stop," Calderwood said.


    Last edited: Jul 22, 2018
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  2. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    She's adorable! I hope they find her very soon.
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  4. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    The circumstances of her disappearance sound very suspect, IMO. I know it had been very hot during the day, so most runners would have gone for a run/jog either early in the day or in the evening. But, 10 PM seems a bit late to go for a run/jog, especially in a rural area. I know where I live there's not much lighting along the roads at night. My sister was saying recently how hard it is seeing the road here after dark.

    Was it Mollie's habit to jog at that time? Even if that was normal for her, how familiar was she with the area? I just don't feel good about this and am afraid Mollie met with foul play at the hands of someone she knew. :(
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Yeah, that really is awful late. And I doubt it's an area she was super familiar with since she was dog sitting? How far away is this place from where she regularly lives?
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  6. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    The roads where our property in the sticks are really, really dark at night. If you turn off your headlights and there is no moonlight, you can hardly even make it where the road actually is. It also means that she would be hard to see to anybody traveling along the road, especially if she was dressed in black.
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  8. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

  9. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    There is a truck stop just over two miles south of Brooklyn on I-80. I wonder where she usually rant to and if that would be a destination for her.
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Her BF was out of town working, so I'm thinking if she was abducted, this might be a stranger, or someone who had an unhealthy "crush" on her. :(
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Frantic search continues for college student Mollie Tibbetts as day six of her disappearance approaches

    Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student and avid jogger who ran on the cross-country team during high school, disappeared on Thursday morning without a trace from the small Iowa town of Brooklyn. Her family and friends continue to search for clues and answers, and plead for anyone with any information to come forward.

    Mollie, 20, talked to her boyfriend on Snapchat at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. It was last time anyone has heard from her, and according to her family, it’s completely out of character for her to go anywhere without checking in. She’s reportedly never had issues with anything or anyone that would spark her disappearance.

    The UI student was getting ready to move into her own apartment and was anticipating the upcoming school year. According to Mollie’s mother, Laura Calderwood, Mollie and her boyfriend were also planning an international trip next month to attend a wedding.

    Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel said that he “is confident that every home in Brooklyn has been visited. Every farm building, barn and shed in the area has been searched,” according to a Facebook post by Mollie’s cousin, Emily Heaston.

    “She’s an avid runner & usually goes in the evening once it cools off,” Fenner continued. “At first we thought maybe something happened to her while on a run, but because the day camp shirt she was supposed to wear on Thursday is missing, now they’re thinking maybe something happened Thursday morning. So basically she’s probably either in running tights & sports bra or a red short & denim shorts.”

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This is a nightmare. I hope all the neighbors who might have cameras on their homes have already turned them over!
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  13. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    A neighbor who last saw her while jogging said she was wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra, and running shoes.



    FBI expected to join search for missing University of Iowa student in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn authorities, emergency responders and community members have conducted several sweeps of the area, mainly focusing on the fields between her family’s Brooklyn home and her boyfriend’s place, where she was house-sitting.

    Those searches have ended — at least for now — according to local news outlets. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are expected to join the investigation.

  14. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    Mom says search for college student who went missing while jogging is 'excruciating'
    As hundreds have rallied to search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts -- who went for a jog Wednesday evening in the rural town of Brooklyn, Iowa, and never returned -- her mother said she was on the cusp of new, exciting activities in her life.

    While time passes, she said the uncertainty has been "excruciating."

    Laura Calderwood, Tibbetts' mother, told ABC News there are "no words to describe how you feel when you don't know where or how your child is."

    Tibbetts, who was the middle child in her family, was looking forward to her upcoming sophomore year at the University of Iowa and full of hope.

    "She is just such an outgoing, fun, loving life, loving person," her mother said. "She was getting ready to move into her first apartment."
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  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm at a complete loss on this one. I sure hope the police aren't.
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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family, boyfriend of Mollie Tibbetts clear up misinformation surrounding case

    Family and friends are hoping someone knows what happened to Mollie Tibbetts. The 20-year-old University of Iowa Student from Poweshiek County vanished last week seemingly without a trace. Now, misinformation about what happened is complicating the search.

    While it may have been well intended, a lot of things have been people have been publishing incorrect information about her. This includes her height, age and misspelling her middle and last name.

    Dalton Jack said he's been dating Mollie Tibbetts for close to three years now. He said he was one of the first people to notice her gone.

    "I was the one who threw red flags," said Jack.

    Dalton said she was dog-sitting here at his house Wednesday while he was in Dubuque for work and his brothers were in Ames. That's why when she didn't show up to her job on Thursday morning, they knew something was wrong.

    "She hadn't called in, said Jack. "I looked at my phone and noticed I texted her good morning that morning and she hadn't looked at it so I got ahold of her friends and family."

    Other misinformation include where she was the night of her disappearance.

    "I read somewhere that she was running in a cornfield. That's obviously not true," said her aunt, Kim Calderwood.

    Calderwood added that while Mollie was born in Oakland, California, her family moved here to Brooklyn when she was in fourth grade.

    At this point, they want to remain hopeful.

    "You've seen her pictures. She's obviously a physically beautiful girl but she's more beautiful on the inside," said Calderwood.

    While public searches aren't being done, Brooklyn and the United States as a whole isn't giving up on Tibbetts.

    "Let's bring our girl home," said Calderwood.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.

    With the case gaining national attention, it’s also leaving a lot of space for misinformation. Many posters around town either spell her name wrong or say she’s 19, not 20. Her aunt said one of the biggest misconceptions she’s seen on social media is where Tibbetts was the night that she disappeared.

    “That she was out running when it happened, that's not a correct timeline,” said her aunt, Kim Calderwood. “The run happened and then she was at the house as far as we know. I don't think she would've run in the dark.”

    Her boyfriend of nearly three years, Dalton Jack, told TV9 he opened a Snapchat around 10 Wednesday night, where she was back inside dog sitting.

    “Just a selfie with a caption like any other normal snapchat, but the background looked like she was indoors,” said Jack.

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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    FBI joins search for missing University of Iowa student

    The FBI is joining Iowa officials in the search of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who has been missing from her eastern Iowa hometown for nearly a week. Mollie Tibbetts, of Brooklyn, Iowa, went missing last week while reportedly staying at her boyfriend's home.

    Volunteer searches for Tibbetts were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said Tuesday.

    "We're still asking for the public's help. We'd like to get any information we can. The more eyes and ears we have, the better," Mortvedt said Tuesday. Officials have little to go on, he said, but they're "leaning more and more toward something happening to her against her will."

    Mortvedt said FBI and Iowa investigators are concentrating on areas around Brooklyn that Tibbetts has known to have gone to in the past. The FBI is also using an array of computer forensics -- such as studying online history and cellphone app usage -- in an effort to pinpoint where she might be, he said.

    "This could shake out a bunch of different ways," Mortvedt said. "We are hoping and praying for the best outcome."

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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Authorities reveal new details about Mollie Tibbetts investigation

    Investigators now say they are not ruling out the possibility that someone abducted the 20-year-old.

    Investigators say she disappeared on July 18th from the town of Brooklyn. That community of about 1400 is located just off of Interstate 80. She was last seen jogging around the town, before disappearing from a home later that night.

    The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said they aren't ruling anything out as a possibility in Mollie's disappearance.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have joined local authorities to review initial interviews and information. Tibbetts’ boyfriend, Dayton Jack, told TV-9 investigators searched his house once again Monday afternoon. They already searched his place when Mollie first went missing. The DCI said they've been treating the case as criminal from the very beginning.

    "We're obviously not ruling that out,” said Mitch Mortvedt of DCI. “This is day six of a 20-year-old in small town Iowa that's missing. So, we're not. We’re treating it as suspicious and we're not ruling anything out at this point."

    Investigators are also looking into GPS tracking of all Mollie's electronic devices.

    Officials told TV-9 they have no leads they can share publicly. They continue to urge the public to call with any tips to the Powesheik County Sheriff’s office. Stay with TV-9 for the latest updates on the case.

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  19. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    An Evening Run, a Snapchat Selfie and Then Nothing: How Missing Student's Boyfriend Realized She Vanished
    At first, Dalton Jack didn’t even realize that anything might be wrong.

    Jack reportedly last saw his girlfriend, Mollie Tibbetts, on July 16, in Brooklyn, Iowa, where they both live. He headed the next day to Dubuque, Iowa, for work, some two hours away, according to ABC News. Tibbetts, a 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, stayed behind in Brooklyn at Jack’s house, to dog-sit, he told ABC.

    On Wednesday evening, authorities say she was seen running around town, like she normally did. She messaged someone around 7 p.m., local TV station WOI reports, and around 10 o’clock that night, Jack opened a picture from her on Snapchat — a selfie that seemed to be sent from inside, with a caption — though it’s unclear when the message was sent.

    No one heard from Tibbetts again.

    Six days later, her disappearance remains a mystery with many questions and no answers, even with the ramping up of a nationwide campaign — both on the ground and online — to find her. Local authorities are stymied as to why and how she could have gone missing from her rural community of about 1,500 people and who may be responsible.

    Her wallet and ID were left behind at the house where she was dog-sitting, according to ABC News.

    Detectives are still trying to determine for certain if she “disappeared while jogging or if she left from the house afterwards,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel told PEOPLE on Monday morning.

    The run happened and then she was at the house as far as we know. I don’t think she would’ve run in the dark,” her aunt Kim Calderwood told local station KCRG.

    “At this point,” Kriegel said on Monday, “everything is being considered — we are looking at everything and everybody.”

    Jack, however, is certain of this: “This is not like her,” he told WOI of Tibbetts, whom he has reportedly been dating for nearly three years after they met in high school.
  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wonder if she went outside to bring the dog in and somebody grabbed her while she was out there? Or got in the door when she opened it? This is so extremely disturbing.

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