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Police Get Tip Mollie Tibbetts Was Spotted in Missouri

They indicate there is no surveillance footage that backs up the claim
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation shows Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of...   (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP)

(Newser) – Roughly one week after Mollie Tibbetts vanished in Iowa, police received a tip of a possible sighting of the 20-year-old in Missouri. KMBC reports the Kearney Police Department fielded a tip from someone who saw a woman who looked like Tibbetts at a truck stop near I-35 and Missouri 92 Highway on July 26; that location is about 230 miles from where Tibbetts was last seen, reports ABC News. Kearney officers "spoke with all possible witnesses, and reviewed all available video footage," per a statement. A rep for the department says if they had seen Tibbetts in the footage that would have been mentioned in the statement; it was not, indicating there is no footage that backs up the witness' claim.

As for the claim, the rep added police only spoke with one person who reported seeing a Tibbetts lookalike at the truck stop. Des Moines station KCCI says a number of its viewers sent it screenshots of a Facebook post regarding the possible sighting, which noted Tibbetts "might have been drugged, looked disoriented, and was with a truck driver." KCCI did not share that post. Tibbetts was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18. (Read more Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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