A student from the University of Iowa, Mollie Tibbetts, went missing after going for a run on July 18, 2018. Believed to be staying at the home of her boyfriend’s brother during the time of her disappearance, she reportedly sent her boyfriend a message the same night. Her disappearance sparked extensive searches with Tibbetts’ family trying to find her.
The Locate The Missing Twitter account released the following statement concerning Tibbett’s disappearance:
“RT #MollieTibbetts #UIowa student disappears under mysterious circumstances in #Brooklyn #Iowa July 18, 2018 when she left to go jogging and it is unknown if she returned home. Contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641.623.5679 with any info #Hawkeyes #IowaHawkeyes #IA”
On their official Twitter account, the University of Iowa also issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts are with Mollie Tibbetts’ family and friends. The University of Iowa is monitoring the situation and will offer support as needed.”
The school also linked to the following Facebook post from the Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency, which described Tibbetts as wearing denim shorts and a red t shirt during the time of her dissappearance, adding that she was 19 years of age; in addition, the post asked people with information to contact 641 623-5679.
The Tibbetts family has been heavily involved with trying to locate Mollie
A Facebook group called “Finding Mollie Tibbets” has been developed to help find information concerning the investigation. On this online campaign, Sandi Tibbetts Murphy wrote the following:
“On behalf of all of us who are Mollie’s family, I want to thank you all for your help, sharing, ideas and prayers. Your love and energy have been nothing short of miraculous to see.”
“As you know, we have several investigators helping us try to find our girl. These folks are experts at their jobs and we have faith in all their efforts and decisions. As we get updates from the investigation team, please know that we will share what we can. I know it can be frustrating not to have new information – we feel that too. But we need to balance the needs and integrity of the investigation against the public nature of this group. We ask for your understanding and patience.”
According to The Des Moines Register, Mollie Tibbetts’ aunt, Kim Calderwood, of Brooklyn, described the family’s frustration in trying to locate Mollie in the following statement:
“We’re racking our brains, thinking what can we think of to tell the investigators. It’s the worst thing … to want to fix something you can’t fix.”
As Calderwood explained to the publication, she still has hope that Mollie would be found safe, adding:
“She’s strong and sassy and a fighter and stubborn and she is not a quitter.”