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Offbeat Mollie Tibbetts' disappearance a 'total shock,' Iowa residents say

09:21  02 august  2018
09:21  02 august  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

FBI joins hunt for missing University of Iowa student

  FBI joins hunt for missing University of Iowa student State and federal agents are investigating the disappearance of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who has been missing for nearly a week in eastern Iowa. KCRG TV reports that Mollie Tibbetts was staying at her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn last week. A neighbor reported seeing Tibbetts jogging Wednesday evening. She was reported missing Thursday. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt says the FBI is using computer forensics to pinpoint her location.Volunteer searches for Mollie Tibbetts, of Brooklyn, were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said Tuesday.

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Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts missing for two weeks. Tibbetts 's boyfriend says his family is worried about how the public has 'demonized' him. According to Weiss, her son was in “ total shock ” when he found out.

Residents of the Iowa town where Mollie Tibbetts vanished told Fox News on Wednesday they're still trying to come to grips with the dramatic case as police hunt for the student who was last seen on July 18.

Julie Weiss, an employee at BGM, the local K-12 school, said her son graduated with Mollie and that they were casual friends. According to Weiss, her son was in “total shock” when he found out. “It’s just unbelievable that something like that could happen here, in a small town where everybody knows everybody.”

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  Missing Iowa Jogger Mollie Tibbetts Was Doing Homework Late on the Night She Disappeared It is unclear if she returned home after her run.Mollie Tibbetts, 20, disappeared after going for a jog near her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18. She was dogsitting for her boyfriend who was out of town for a construction job at the time.

Mollie Tibbetts . — Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP. And now the Jacks find themselves facing scrutiny over whether they had anything to do with Tibbetts ’ disappearance , which has baffled investigators. He said Tibbetts was taking care of his dogs while they were out of town.

The search for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts is heading into its third week, as investigators comb through evidence and tips related to the 20-year-old Iowa resident 's disappearance .

“She was a very good student and very well-liked by all her classmates... Just well respected.”

Weiss was a part of the original search party. She said they broke up into groups of five to seven and searched country roads, ditches, backyards and garages of folks in town.

She also spoke about Mollie’s boyfriend, Dalton Jack. “I mean, nice family. I don’t know them real well but I see them at the school. Nothing that I would have ever have suspected him of anything. I think he’s just in as much shock as anybody.”

Jack, whom police have cleared as a possible suspect, told Fox News in an exclusive interview earlier Wednesday that the last time he spoke to his girlfriend was on July 17 before he left town for work.

"I left for Dubuque, Iowa, which is about 100 miles away, on Tuesday morning at 5 in the morning," he said. "And I was staying there for work until what was supposed to be Friday. And then Thursday after we found out she was missing I drove home. So I was in Dubuque the entire time."

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  Boyfriend of missing Iowa college student says 'it gets harder day by day' "It gets harder day by day because she's still not here and you miss her more than anything in the world," Tibbetts' boyfriend said in an interview."Initially, it was shock and then, you know, it gets harder day by day because she's still not here and you miss her, you miss her more than anything in the world," Dalton Jack said in an interview.

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He also said that early on in the search for Mollie, he kept calling her missing phone, hoping anyone would pick up.

"I did for like the first week and a half. Not more recently. I was just trying to see literally if anybody would pick up. And then, yeah, straight to voicemail," he said.

"I mean, everybody has their own theories, but I’m just kind of leaving it up to the law enforcement trying to figure that one out," he said. "I don’t want to go racking it through my brain thinking of what happened, what happened, what happened. Just driving myself insane."

A pig farmer said seven FBI investigators arrived at his home last Friday and asked to search it without a warrant. They were there for nearly two hours, taking photos of the interior of the home and also searching his garage. He said investigators then asked to interview him off the property and kept his cell phone overnight to check his records. The farmer has not been charged with a crime and said he “has nothing to hide.”

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  Mollie Tibbetts: Search continues for missing University of Iowa student Investigators searching for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts have gotten hundreds of tips and are looking for her in ponds, fields and from the air, officials said Friday morning at a news conference."Unfortunately, we have not yet found Mollie, but it has not been due to a lack of effort or a lack of resources," said Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Police investigated a possible sighting of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts 240 miles away from where she disappeared from, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned. “Officers responded to a call on July 26, 2018 at 9:50pm. The caller said a female resembling the missing girl was seen in the

Mollie Tibbetts , 20, is thought to have disappeared after going for a jog near her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa , on July 18. Crime Stoppers is now offering ,000 for any information in the 20-year-old's disappearance .

A bartender in Brooklyn, Jamie Manatt, recalled how it was especially “quiet” the night Tibbetts was last seen. She said the FBI later came to her home and questioned whether there were any “unusual” people in the bar that night.

“Usually when people come from out of state, this is where they stop,” Manatt said. “But there were no out-of-town people here in this bar that night.”

Manatt said she left the bar at around midnight that night and noticed that the True Value hardware store nearby had been vandalized. She said she alerted a deputy who then canvassed the area for the vandal but “it was very quiet. Not many people were out.”

Fox News has confirmed that police have taken copies of all surveillance tapes associated with Mollie's disappearance from Casey’s General Store.

Mollie was last seen on July 18 when she left her boyfriend’s home to jog. The boyfriend shares the home with his brother and his fiance, and Tibbetts was staying there to watch his dogs while he was out of town on business.

Fox News' Paulina Dedaj and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

Mollie Tibbets' father takes search to the state fair .
University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbetts, has been missing for more than three weeks, and with little information from authorities and days turning to weeks, her family is trying a new approach to getting the word out. “Iowians really want to bring Mollie home,” said Rob Tibbetts, Mollie’s father.Her dad, along with Mollie’s boyfriend and aunt, traveled to the Iowa State Fair on Friday armed with buttons, t-shirts, and missing person flyers in the hopes of crossing paths with visitors that may have information about Mollie’s whereabouts.

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