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Month After Mollie Vanished, Dad 'Reluctantly' Leaves Iowa

Rob Tibbetts returns to California
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 11:20 AM CDT
Mollie Tibbetts' Dad 'Very Reluctantly' Flies Home
This undated file 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 Brooklyn in July 2018.   (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP, File)

(Newser) – After learning his daughter Mollie was missing, Rob Tibbetts flew from San Francisco to Iowa to look for her. He packed four days' worth of clothes, reports the Des Moines Register. The 20-year-old vanished on July 18, and on Saturday—the one-month mark—Rob Tibbetts told KCRG he was "very reluctantly" leaving Brooklyn, Iowa, heading home.

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"We've called this sort of a half-time, a break. I'm being told I sort of need to do this," he said, explaining that officials have been encouraging the family to return to their daily routine as investigators remain on the case. The resumption of the day-to-day hasn't been without its pain: Rob Tibbetts says his sons moved into their college housing last week—and they passed the location where Mollie was to live for her sophomore year. (Read more Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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