Search Continues for Missing Iowa Student

Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts (Courtesy Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office)

Twenty-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was dog-sitting in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Wednesday night, July 18, when she headed out for a jog.

She has not been seen since, and her family says she would never run away or fall out of touch with her family. Tibbetts worked at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Day Camp, helping to care for the children of employees.

“There is no such thing as a silly tip or lead,” Tibbetts’ cousin Emily Heaston wrote on a Facebook group set up in support of the search effort.

“We do not want any information or offers of help to slip through the cracks,” Heaston wrote on Saturday, July 21, adding, “We cannot share Mollie’s image or story too much. Thank you to all of the volunteers and the Brooklyn community for your endless love and support.”

Missing Poster for Mollie Tibbetts

Missing Poster for Mollie Tibbetts

Tibbetts was last seen in gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes while jogging near Brooklyn, according to a news release from the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation.

According to news reports and Tibbetts’ family’s posts on the Facebook search group, hundreds of volunteers have canvassed surrounding miles of farmland, fields and roads.

“Currently law enforcement is working in cooperation with multiple jurisdictions in an effort to locate Mollie,” the sheriff’s office said in its release. “Active searches are currently taking place at this time.”

Authorities are working to review Tibbetts’ digital footprint as well, including her laptop and social media activity, according to her family.

“I just want to take a moment to update everyone with today’s efforts,” family member Sandi Tibbetts Murphy posted to the Facebook group July 21. “We remain stunned by all of the sharing and outreach from all of you. We think Mollie’s information has been shared literally coast to coast and border to border. Please continue to share her information with all of your friends, family and connections.”

In a Facebook post on Friday, July 20, the University of Iowa said its “thoughts are with Mollie Tibbetts’ family and friends” and that school officials were “monitoring the situation and will offer support as needed.”

According to Tibbetts’ Facebook profile, she is studying psychology and has interned at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. She lives in Brooklyn and is originally from Oakland, California.

Tibbetts’ brothers and her boyfriend have been cleared in the investigation.

Tibbetts is described as 5-foot-3, weighing about 120 lbs., with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her or her whereabouts is urged to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679 or send tips to

We Remember: Upcoming Cold Case Anniversaries

Listed below are upcoming cold case anniversaries and, where noted, birthdays the victims would have celebrated.

Lillian DeMaris
Lillian Demaris
Age at Report: 31
Missing From:
Mason City, IA
Case # 00-18286
August 14, 1952
James Bailey
James Bailey, Jr.
32 YOA
Colfax, IA
Jasper County
Case # 75-00503
August 14, 1975
Mark Atkins
Mark Atkins
22 YOA
1814 6th Street
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
August 14, 1995
Keara Coshow
Keara Coshow, 3
Hilltop Motel
Red Oak, IA
Killed July 12, 1979
Would have celebrated 43rd birthday Aug. 15
Audrey Dill
Audrey Dill, 32
Missing From:
Mediapolis, IA
Des Moines County
Case # 78-10307
August 15, 1978
Christopher Stewart
Christopher Stewart
Age at Report: 36
Missing From:
Des Moines, IA
Case # 03-32325
August 17, 2003
Dorothy Miller
Dorothy H. Miller
48 YOA
118 Grand Street
Burlington, IA
Case # 69-00950
August 18, 1969
Charles Netherland
Charles Netherland
25 YOA
801 Mulberry Ave.
Muscatine, IA
Case # 2012-00096764
August 18, 2012
Roger Warren
Roger Warren
12 YOA
Mississippi River
Davenport, IA
Scott County
August 19, 1979
Jackie Douthart
Jackie Douthart, 24
Mount Pleasant, IA
Henry County
Died May 22, 2011
Would have celebrated 32nd birthday Aug. 19
Alta Marie Braun
Alta Marie Braun
12 YOA
Alley off Cedar St.
Le Mars, IA
Plymouth County
August 20, 1917
Naomi Wilson
Naomi Wilson, 32
1618 13th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Missing Since 4/12/81
Would have celebrated 70th birthday Aug. 20

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