Mollie Tibbetts, 20, was last seen jogging in the town of Brooklyn, Iowa, on the evening of July 18, 2018. Friends and family became concerned when she didn’t show up for work the next day and failed to respond to text messages. Volunteer searches were called off once the FBI and state authorities became involved. After hundreds of police interviews, exhaustive searches, and following every lead, are authorities any closer to locating the University of Iowa student?
This Mollie Tibbetts wiki looks at the day she disappeared, the search for the university student, and subsequent leads and theories.
|About Mollie Cecilia Tibbetts|
|Birth||May 8, 1998|
|Siblings||Jake Tibbetts, Scott Tibbetts|
|Parents||Rob Tibbetts, Laura Calderwood|
Who Is Mollie Tibbetts?
Mollie Cecilia Tibbetts, 20, was born in Oakland, California, on May 8, 1998 to Rob Tibbetts and Laura Calderwood. She had two younger brothers: first Jake Tibbetts, followed by Scott Tibbetts several years later.
The Tibbetts family moved to Brooklyn, in Poweshiek County, Iowa, when Mollie was in the fourth grade.
The small community of less than 2,000 is located off the sprawling Interstate 80. It has been nicknamed the “Highway of Death” because of the numerous unsolved disappearances linked to the route. It is an important interstate that crosses the country, from New York to San Francisco.
According to her father, Rob Tibbetts, Mollie is “extremely poised for her age and extremely mature.” He noted how she won a state speech contest in Iowa.
Mollie Tibbetts is an incoming sophomore studying psychology at the University of Iowa. She wanted to eventually get a doctorate degree and write books.
According to her Facebook profile, she works as a day camp intern at UnityPoint Health at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.
Rob Tibbetts also described Mollie as being an avid jogger who loved singing along in the car to Ed Sheeran and The Beatles.
Judging by her Facebook profile, Mollie also had a lot of friends. She seemed to be a vibrant young lady, always smiling.
“As far as Mollie as a person, she’s just really lovable and has a lot of friends,” said her brother Jake Tibbetts. “She participated in a lot of things around the community. She has one of the biggest hearts.”
The above video was taken of Mollie Tibbetts the day before she disappeared. It shows her playing with a mirror, joking with friends. In another clip, the young woman is seen having fun, dancing around in a gym.
Tibbetts met Dalton Jack in 2015 after a high school football game. She was a junior and he was a senior, on the football team.
The high school sweethearts had been dating for close to three years when she disappeared.
Mollie Tibbetts Last Seen Jogging July 18
On the day she disappeared, Tibbetts’ brother dropped her off at her boyfriend’s house in Brooklyn so she could dog-sit.
Dalton was living with his brother Blake Jack and his fiancée Aimee Houghton. The pair were scheduled to marry in the Dominican Republic in early August 2018. The wedding has since been postponed.
Dalton, who works in construction, was in Dubuque, Iowa, which is around 100 miles away. His brothers, meanwhile, were in Ames. So Tibbetts was taking care of the dogs.
The last time Dalton Jack saw Mollie Tibbetts was on Monday, July 16; he kissed her goodbye and left for Dubuque. He expected to see his girlfriend again on Friday, when he returned home for the weekend.
University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was last seen at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, while out for a run in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa. She was wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra, and running shoes.
There has been a lot of misinformation about what happened next. While many believe Tibbetts disappeared while out on a jog, there is more evidence to suggest she was taken against her will from her boyfriend’s home.
“I read somewhere that she was running in a cornfield. That’s obviously not true,” said Mollie’s aunt, Kim Calderwood. “The run happened and then she was at the house as far as we know. I don’t think she would’ve run in the dark.”
That theory is backed up by two messages Jack received from Tibbetts that night. She sent him a text message at 7:00 p.m. and a selfie through Snapchat. The selfie appeared to have been taken indoors, which would suggest Tibbetts took it after she returned from her job.
Jack says he opened the Snapchat photo at 10:00 p.m.
The Next Morning
Tibbetts didn’t answer her phone when someone at the day camp center where she worked called the next day to find out why she didn’t show up. All of the calls went straight to voicemail. Tibbetts was supposed to be part of a group of 10 staff taking around 75 kids to the Poweshiek County Fair.
When Tibbetts didn’t show up to her job on Thursday morning, her boyfriend knew something was wrong. Jack then realized that his “good morning” text went unanswered.
“I looked at my phone and noticed I texted her good morning that morning and she hadn’t looked at it. So I got ahold of her friends and family.”
Jack was one of the first people to realize Mollie Tibbetts was gone.
“I was the one who threw red flags,” he said.
He then called her friends and family. And returned to Brooklyn.
“…and then Thursday after we found out she was missing I drove home. So I was in Dubuque the entire time.”
Tibbetts’ family reported her missing on July 19, with dozens of volunteers from Brooklyn searching fields around her house and the home where she was staying. They also peppered the area with missing posters, T-shirts, and billboard pleas for help.
During the search, Jack said he continued to call Tibbetts’ missing phone, hoping she, or anyone, would pick up.
“I did for like the first week and a half. Not more recently. I was just trying to see literally if anybody would pick up. And then, yeah, straight to voicemail,” he said.
What does Jack think happened to his girlfriend?
“I mean, everybody has their own theories, but I’m just kind of leaving it up to the law enforcement trying to figure that one out,” he said. “I don’t want to go racking it through my brain thinking of what happened, what happened, what happened. Just driving myself insane.”
Mitch Mortvedt, a spokesperson with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said that while investigators had few early leads, they were “leaning more and more toward something happening to her against her will,” including abduction.
The University of Iowa released a statement that they are monitoring the situation and offering support where needed.
Our thoughts are with Mollie Tibbetts’ family and friends. The University of Iowa is monitoring the situation and will offer support as needed. More information: https://t.co/NmtZv0Djqs
— University of Iowa (@uiowa) July 20, 2018
FBI and State Investigators Take Over
It didn’t take long for the investigation to expand. Within days of disappearing, volunteer searches for Mollie Tibbetts were ca