The search for 20-year-old college student Molly Tibbetts has been brought to a tragic end. The young woman’s dead body was recovered in Iowa, two sources told Fox News on Tuesday morning.
“A law enforcement source told Fox News the body was found in Iowa, but more specific details about the location were not released. Greg Willey, the vice president of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, also told the Associated Press the body found Tuesday is believed to be Tibbetts,” reports Fox.
Tibbetts was last seen on July 18, jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa in the late evening. She was reported missing after she was unresponsive to text messages from her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, and was a no-show at work.
The young woman’s father has been pleading with the public for his daughter’s return. “The bottom line is somebody knows something,” father Rob Tibbetts said in a previous interview. He noted that in Brooklyn, a small town of some 1,500 people, “you can’t do anything there without someone seeing it.”
Mr. Tibbetts had also publicly speculated that someone familiar with Mollie was responsible for her disappearance.
“It’s totally speculation on my part, but I think Mollie is with someone that she knows, that is in over their head,” he said. “That there was some kind of misunderstanding about the nature of their relationship and at this point they don’t know how to get out from under this.”
As noted by Fox, “A reward of nearly $400,000 leading to information on Tibbett’s whereabouts will now become a reward for information leading to the capture of any suspects.”
A press conference has been set for Tuesday evening in Iowa.