20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts who went missing in July found dead: Reports
Tibbetts' disappearance had spurred a massive search for the young student with authorities receiving more than 2,300 tips as the case gained intrigue.
The missing Iowa college student, Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared nearly a month ago, has been found dead by authorities, according to reports.
Two law enforcement sources reportedly told Fox News that the 20-year-old Iowa State University student's body was found on Tuesday. No further details have been provided yet.
Tibbetts went missing on July 18 when she went jogging in the evening at around 7.30 pm in the small town of 1,400 residents and has not been heard from since, according to reports. Authorities have marked her disappearance as "suspicious."
BREAKING: Authorities believe they have found the body of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. pic.twitter.com/N6C2XeJ8wo— WTVYNews4 (@WTVYNews4) August 21, 2018
Tibbetts' disappearance had spurred a massive search for the young student with authorities receiving more than 2,300 tips as the case gained intrigue after being broadcast across news channels across the nation.
Shortly after her disappearance, Tibbetts' family had pleaded their child's safe return and were hopeful that their daughter would be found alive.
Reports state Tibbetts' father, Rob Tibbetts, returned home to the San Francisco area on Tuesday after spending weeks looking for his daughter, according to reports.
Rob Tibbetts, while talking to Fox News previously, had said, "The bottom line is somebody knows something." He also added that Brooklyn, Iowa, where his daughter disappeared from is a small city and "you can’t do anything there without someone seeing it."
Mollie Cecelia Tibbetts was last seen on July 18, 2018, running on Pershing Drive in Brooklyn, Iowa. She was wearing shorts and a sports bra, though the color of the clothing is unknown. Help the #FBI find her: https://t.co/96sRfGxdWR pic.twitter.com/aR4ll9Yx4e— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) August 13, 2018
"It's totally a speculation on my part, but I think Mollie is with someone that she knows, that is in over their head. That there was some kind of misunderstanding about the nature of their relationship and at this point, they don't know how to get out from under this," Tibbetts' father added.
The 20-year-old second-year student's case has captivated the nation as Tibbetts' friends and family describe her as a positive-natured, spunky young woman who was quite outgoing.
No arrests have been announced in the case yet. Officials have announced a news conference for 5 pm. local time on Tuesday.