Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

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Police in Iowa said tips have been flooding in after the reward for information about missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was raised to $172,000.

"Sometimes I just feel her sitting on my shoulder", she said.

Laura Calderwood said during a news conference that she believes her daughter, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, is alive but has potentially been kidnapped.

Tibbetts was reported missing the next morning when she didn't show up for work at a daycare in a nearby town. "We are told very little by the authorities for very good reason", he said, noting how police are hesitant to share information with anyone who could be connected to the case. "And Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman and I don't know that I have the strength in me and Mollie is lending me her strength every day and every night", she added.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400. He said the group exists for people who can not come forward to police, including those who are guilty or involved in a crime. Let her go and turn yourself in. Donations can be made on the Crime Stoppers website, he noted.

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In an update on August 3, the Iowa Department of Public Safety wrote that "although Mollie has not been located, the investigation into her disappearance has not slowed".

According to Crime Online, Cheney denied knowing Mollie or having anything to do with her disappearance.

Investigators have been looking at various data, including social media and information from a Fitbit that Tibbetts is known to have used. "If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they're in over their head and they've made a disgusting mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further", he said.

Asked Tuesday if investigators had identified any persons of interest, Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations at the Iowa Department of Public Safety, told reporters: "We are pursuing every lead that is available to us". She was last spotted jogging around 7:30 that evening, wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, the sheriff's office said.

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