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Reports: Body of Missing Mollie Tibbetts Is Found

News conference scheduled for later Tuesday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2018 8:29 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation shows Mollie Tibbetts.   (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP, File)

(Newser) – News reports suggest the worst fears have been realized in the case of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Fox News, the AP, and CBS News report that authorities believe they have found the body of the 20-year-old, who vanished on July 18 in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Police have not confirmed the reports, but Greg Willey, vice president of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says a body discovered on Tuesday is believed to be Tibbetts.

Fox reports the body was found in Iowa, and CBS reports that police had been focusing on five areas around Brooklyn, including a car wash, a truck stop, two farms, and the home of Tibbetts' boyfriend. A news conference has been scheduled for 5pm local time, where "a significant amount of information" will be shared, per KCRG-TV. (Tibbetts' father had just decided to return to California after a month of fruitless searching.)

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