Missing Iowa College Student Possibly Spotted 240 Miles Where She Vanished













On July 18, 20-year-old Iowa University college student, Mollie Tibbetts vanished. She was last seen jogging in the small town Brooklyn, Iowa where she lives.

Now police are investigating a possible sighting of the missing student. There was a woman who fit the description of Tibbetts at a truck spot 240 miles away from Brooklyn, Iowa in Kearney, Missouri.

Police say they received the tip on July 26 at 9:50 P.M. that a woman matching Tibbetts description was at a Pilot truck stop near I-35 and Missouri 92 highway. According to Tibbetts missing person poster she is described as being 5’3″, weighing 120 pounds, has long brown hair, is Caucasian and was last seen wearing athletic clothing.


The Kerney Assistant Chief of Police Barney Hatfield told Rader, that the caller spotted a woman that resembles Tibbetts with a white man. “It didn’t seem like she was in any distress, they knew each other,” the person told the police, Chief Hatfield explained.

He said they sent four police officers to the truck stop. By the time they arrived they were gone. “they talked to the female that saw her, who thought it resembled her,” Chief Hatfield said. “Officers talked to truck drivers, nobody had seen her even. The person said she was in the Taco Bell inside the Pilot Truck Stop.”

They went over security footage and found no positive match to Tibbetts identity. Nonetheless, they reported the possible sighting to Brooklyn, Iowa’s police.

Tibbetts was last seen on the night of July 18 and didn’t go to work on July 19 and disappeared during that time period. She was staying at her boyfriend’s brother’s house dog sitting for him and his fiancée.

Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, was out of town for work during that time. Dalton’s brother, Blak, and his fiancée, Allie Houghton, were also out of town. All three are not suspects in the investigation.

Her mother, Laura Calderwood, said she spoke to Tibbetts on the phone on 7:30 P.M. on July 18. She also said Tibbetts wouldn’t just run away.

If you have any information regarding Tibbetts disappearance call Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.

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