University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been missing over a week, and as investigators pieces together new clues, an co-op is offering a reward in hopes that it will entice someone to come forward.
Mollie, 20, disappeared from her boyfriend Dalton Jack’s home either the night of July 18 or the morning of July 19 in Brooklyn, Iowa. After numerous exhaustive searches, authorities haven’t found her and turned to technology to help. While searching her laptop, they determined she last logged in on evening the of July 18. Investigators also determined the time she logged into her laptop, but are keeping the information private as part of the investigation, according to KCCI.
Authorities also obtained from Mollie’s Snapchat account. According to her boyfriend, Mollie sent him a message on July 18, that he opened around 10 p.m. that night. However, it’s still unclear the exact time Mollie sent the message. Further, authorities gathered information from her Fitbit watch but the details obtained are undisclosed at this time.
Meanwhile, T.I.P Rural Electric Cooperative announced it will add $1,000 to the reward fund for information that leads to Mollie and to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for her disappearance. The rewards comes after Crimes Stoppers of Central Iowa announced a $1,000 as well, making the total reward amount $2,000.
Timeline of Mollie’s disappearance
- Mollie’s boyfriend saw her for the last time on July 16, before leaving town to work at a Dubuque construction site with his brother, around 100 miles away from Brooklyn.
- On July 17, Dalton and his brother, who lives with him, drove to work. Mollie agreed to dog-sit while he was gone.
- At around 5:30 p.m. on July 17, Mollie’s brother, Jake Tibbetts, who shares a car with her, dropped her off at Dalton’s home. Mollie stayed alone while watching the dogs.
- Investigators report another neighbor reported Mollie out for a jog at around 7:30 p.m. on July 18.
- Mollie had plans to go to her mother’s house for dinner on the evening on July 18. She never showed up.
- At 10 p.m. on July 18, Dalton opened the SnapChat message from Mollie. He said it looked like she took the photo while indoors. It’s unclear when Mollie took the picture but detectives think she took it at some point on Wednesday.
- Jake Tibbetts, who has been cleared as a suspect, sends Mollie a text message at 7:30 a.m., asking if she needed the car for work. The text message goes unanswered.
- Dalton sends Mollie a text message, wishing her a good morning. Mollie does not read the text message.
- Mollie’s mother, Laura Calderwood, sends Mollie several text messages throughout the afternoon. All text messages remain unanswered.
- Jake Tibbetts called Laura Calderwood and said Mollie never made it to work at a daycare center. Laura called the police.
- The Facebook group, “Finding Mollie Tibbetts,” was created. It currently has over 40,000 members.
- Hundreds of people show up in the Brooklyn area to search for Mollie.
- The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office announced that tips should directed to its office.
- The University of Iowa released a statement on Twitter that the school is also monitoring the incident and looking for any helpful information.
- Authorities announce Mollie is still missing and that nothing was found during the searches.
- Dalton told ABC he’s optimistic about Mollie’s return.
- Laura Calderwood said her daughter is an “outgoing, fun, loving life, loving person.”
- Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel announced that no one from the “tight-knit” community in Brooklyn has been missing this long.
- Investigators continue to follow up with tips and leads.
- The family spreads the search even further by distributing flyers across the state.
- Kriegel indicated Mollie could have possibly been abducted.
- Investigators search two hog farms after following up on tips, but the searches yield no results.
- Iowa Department of Public Safety released a statement announcing that there are still no suspects but authorities will continue to pursue leads and investigate.
- A neighbor tells a local media outlet that he spotted Mollie “walking nonchalantly” down the street.
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@
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[Feature Photo: Mollie Tibbetts/Handout]