Woman, 20, Went Out for 10pm Jog and Vanished

Mollie Tibbetts was dogsitting with her boyfriend at the time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2018 2:52 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Mollie Tibbetts, 20, went out for a run on Wednesday night and hasn't been seen since. The University of Iowa student was dogsitting in Brooklyn, Iowa, at the time; her boyfriend was with her at the house, which is in an area largely comprised of farmland and fields. The boyfriend, Dalton Jack, says she sent him a routine Snapchat photo the night of her disappearance; she headed out for her run around 10pm, ABC News reports. "She might have a Fitbit on and she might have her cellphone, but obviously we've tried just calling her but it's either off or dead so it would go straight to voicemail," Jack says. A large-scale search is underway, and a Facebook page has been created to share updates.

Investigators are currently working to access Tibbetts' laptop and online accounts in an attempt to surface clues, the Des Moines Register reports. "Everything's on the table, unfortunately," the Poweshiek County sheriff tells KCCI. "We're hoping that she's somewhere with a friend and she'll show up Monday or Tuesday and everything will get back to normal." But "this is not like her at all. She's a very responsible and conscientious young woman," her aunt tells WOI, adding, to Mollie, "We miss you, we're looking for you and we will never stop." Anyone with information about Tibbetts' whereabouts is asked to get in touch with the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.

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