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Cops' New Hope: Missing Iowa Jogger's Fitbit

Boyfriend says Mollie Tibbetts 'never takes it off'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2018 8:31 AM CDT
Mollie Tibbetts   (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP)

(Newser) – With little else to go on, authorities are using Fitbit data in the effort to find a University of Iowa student who's now been missing for nine days. Mollie Tibbetts, 20, hasn't been seen since she went for a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, but her boyfriend tells ABC News she was likely wearing her Fitbit because "she never takes it off." As the fitness tracker uses GPS, investigators hope to learn "where she was" and "when she was there," per CBS News. On Thursday, they announced a timeline of Tibbetts' run had been crafted using Fitbit and cellphone data, along with witness accounts. "For a 20-year-old to go missing and completely kind of fall off the grid as far as social media, cell phone, banking activity, that kind of thing—it’s obviously a very suspicious and very serious matter," Mitch Mortvedt, of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, tells ABC. (Read more Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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