Mollie Tibbetts' Family Offers $172,000 Reward for Information Leading to Her Return

Laura Calderon

"Everybody has a Mollie in their life", he said. "And Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman and I don't know that I have the strength in me and Mollie is lending me her strength every day and every night", she added.

"We believe that Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her we plead with you [to let her go]", Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, said.

Part of the investigation involves a reported sighting of Tibbetts at a truck stop in Missouri, about 380 kilometres away from her hometown.

When asked whether he had a message for his missing daughter, her father, Rob Tibbetts told HLN, CNN's sister network, "Just hang in there, pie".

Authorities are investigating a report that a missing Iowa college student might have been seen in northwest Missouri. "Imagine if this was you, somebody had taken your Mollie". She was reported missing the following day after she did not show up for work.

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After days of increasingly frantic searching, Kearney Police Department Sgt. Joe Kantola revealed yesterday that they received a tip on July 26 that a woman resembling Tibbetts had been spotted at a truck stop off of I-35 in Kearney, Missouri.

In an unusual move, she even said the kidnapper could claim the reward money after setting Tibbetts free.

Donations have poured in over the past few days and the family is now offering a $172,000 reward for information that will lead authorities to her.

As search crews continue looking for any trace of Tibbetts in rural Brooklyn, IA, her family is begging people with information to come forward. "We are very hopeful with the electronic data we are getting back", Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, previously told the Des Moines Register.

Investigators held a news conference Friday morning at the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office about their efforts to find Mollie and the investigation. It's located about 3.5 hours from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen.

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