Mollie Tibbetts: Hog farmer who said he refused FBI polygraph test now claims he actually took it

An Iowa hog farmer who previously said he refused to take a lie detector in connection with the disappearance of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, now claims he actually did take it.

FOX News reports that 56-year-old Wayne Cheney, a hog farmer from Deep River who maintains he had nothing to do with 20-year-old Mollie’s disappearance, indicated he took a polygraph test last week. He claimed he didn’t know whether he passed or failed.

Last week, Cheney told a reporter from the Des Moines Register that he did not take the test because it was a “waste of time” and “stupid.”

“I don’t need to. It’s stupid….I have nothing to hide.”

The FBI has not confirmed or denied whether Cheney actually took a polygraph. It’s also unclear whether he’s a suspect in Mollie’s disappearance.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cheney has been questioned by the FBI several times. The first round of questioning for hog farmer Wayne Cheney, 56, of Deep River, occurred on July 26, days before authorities searched an area close to a hog farm between Guernsey and Deep River on Thursday.

“I don’t know who those two were but they took me down to the fire station Tuesday and questioned me for two hours,” Cheney told WHO13. “I don’t remember what they asked me.”

Cheney was referring to investigators who arrived at his doorstep and questioned him about the disappearance of 20-year-old Mollie. According to court documents, Cheney has at least two stalking charges on his record, one of which resulted in a protective order against him.

Cheney also lives within walking distance of his family’s hog farm, TLC, which authorities searched days prior to questioning him.

“I just thought it was a waste of time but oh well,” Cheney retorted.

After investigators took Cheney to local fire station to question him, they searched his cellphone, garage, and his home, according to FOX.

On August 3, an FBI agent showed up on the doorstep Wayne Cheney’s Deep River home again. The agent stayed around 10 minutes before leaving, but it’s still unclear what was discussed.

Cheney later told a FOX News reporter that he didn’t want to discuss the incident but said he thought “some guy” had her. He also reportedly said authorities asked him to take a lie detector test on Thursday but he refused.

Cheney said he doesn’t know Mollie and doesn’t know anyone in her family, and didn’t have anything to do with her involvement.

Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

Timeline of Mollie’s disappearance

July 16-17

  • 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.

July 18

  • 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.

July 19

  • 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 was not read.
  • 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 calls Laura Calderwood and says Mollie never made it to work at a daycare center. Laura calls the police.

July 20

  • 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 announces 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.

July 22

  • Authorities announce Mollie is still missing and that nothing was found during the searches.

July 23

  • Dalton tells ABC he’s optimistic about Mollie’s return.
  • Laura Calderwood says her daughter is an “outgoing, fun, loving life, loving person.”
  • Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel announces that no one from the “tight-knit” community in Brooklyn has been missing this long.

July 25

  • Investigators continue to follow up with tips and leads.
  • The family spreads the search even further by distributing flyers across the state.
  •  Kriegel indicates Mollie could have possibly been abducted.

July 26

  • Investigators search two hog farms after following up on tips, but the searches yield no results.
  • Wayne Cheney is questioned by the FBI.
  • Authorities search Cheney’s home and cellphone.

July 27

  • 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.

August 2

  • As authorities searched an area close to the Lincoln Wildfire Reserve in Brooklyn, Iowa, someone mowing their lawn nearby discovered a red a shirt.
  • The shirt was turned over to the FBI for evidence processing.
  • FBI reportedly asked Cheney to take a lie detector test. He refused.

August 3

  • An FBI agent goes to Cheney’s house for a second round of questioning.

August 5

  • Authorities revealed there have been “hundreds” of leads and tips into Mollie’s disappearance.
  • An Iowa woman’s body was found in Lee County, but despite speculation, police confirmed it was not Mollie, but instead a young woman named  Sadie Alvarado, who allegedly jumped out of a moving car while arguing with her boyfriend.

August 6

  • Rob Tibbetts, Mollie’s father, said he thinks she is alive and being held against her will.

Mollie has long brown hair and brown eyes, 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 is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-452-1111.

**Editor’s Note**: The story has been updated to reflect that Cheney told FOX News he did know whether he passed the lie detector or not.

[Feature Photo: Mollie Tibbetts/Handout]