A Brooklyn, Iowa, man who lives in the neighborhood University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts disappeared from says he saw her walking down the street on July 18, the day before her family reported her missing.
“My window’s right there, facing the sidewalk and my TV is right there, so I’m sitting there and looking out the window and that’s why I noticed her,” Roger Thompson told WeAreIowa. “This girl that was out walking by had the black shorts and a sports bra and tennis shoes and she had a telephone. She was just walking nonchalantly like nothing was bothering her, like nothing in the world.”
The information could possibly help investigators, who previously said “even the smallest detail” that helps develop a solid timeline of the college student’s whereabouts before she disappeared could make a difference. The Ames Police Department posted on Facebook on Friday that Mollie is thought to have disappeared at some point after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, but before the afternoon of July 19.
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Mollie is still missing, according to investigators, who plan to continue following up with leads.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Mollie sent a message to her boyfriend, Dalton, on Snapchat, on July 18. He opened the message at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, but it’s still unclear what time Mollie sent the message. 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.
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.
CrimeOnline spoke Mollie’s friend and co-worker, Emily Fenner, who said Mollie never showed up to work Thursday, which alarmed her family.
“She’s an incredibly responsible, intelligent person. When she didn’t come to work on Thursday & didn’t call in I proceeded to get ahold of her boyfriend, who was in Dubuque, IA, for work & hadn’t heard from her either. That’s when we got the ball rolling & called authorities.”
Mollie has long brown and brown eyes and weighs around 120 pounds and stands 5-feet-2 inches tall. She was last seen wearing running shoes, a pink sports bra, and dark running shorts.
Anyone with any information on Mollie’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 623-5679 or email at tips@
[Feature Photo: Mollie Tibbetts/Handout]