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Heartbroken Family of Missing Iowa Girl Finally Has Closure 5 Weeks After She Went Missing

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The search for 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has come to a tragic end.

Mollie was last seen jogging on July 18, 2018, near her boyfriend’s home; she was house sitting for him while he was out of town for work.

The next morning Dalton Jack, her boyfriend, sent a good morning text that never received an answer, but he didn’t begin to worry until one of Mollie’s co-workers let him know she did not show up for work that day.

Dalton reached out to her family and they quickly filed a missing persons report.

The next five weeks were filled with tireless searches for the beloved college student, but none of those searches produced any more clues to where she may have gone.

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Mollie’s family and friends, however, continued to hold on to hope and the community rallied around the family to help bring her home. The case quickly gained national attention as thousands of people spread Mollie’s story to help the family’s search.

In a heartbreaking interview with Fox News, Mollie’s father, Rob Tibbetts, shared that he thought that the suspect was someone Mollie knew and that she left willingly.

“It’s totally speculation on my part, but I think Mollie is with someone that she knows, that is in over their head,” he said in the interview. “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.”


Then on August 18, 2018, investigators advised the family to return to their everyday lives and let the investigators take over the search.

Rob was hesitant, but eventually conceded. “Very reluctantly, I’m being told I sort of need to do this,” he said, according to KCRG. “We’ve called this sort of a half-time, a break.”

On August 21, 2018, the search finally came to a tragic end when investigators found Mollie Tibbetts’ body. Her father confirmed the devastating news to Fox News.

No other details are available at this time, but a news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at 5 pm, EST. Law enforcement will give an update on the latest developments in Mollie’s case.

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Greg Wiley of Crime Stoppers of Iowa told The Associated Press that the nearly $400,000 that was raised to provide a reward for her safe return will most likely be used as rewards for information to find anyone responsible for Mollie’s death.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mollie’s family as they grieve and prepare to seek justice for their sweet girl.

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Kayla has been a staff writer for The Western Journal since 2018.
Kayla Kunkel began writing for The Western Journal in 2018.
Birthplace
Tennessee
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Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts
Location
Arizona
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English
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News, Crime, Lifestyle & Human Interest




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