Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

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Investigators are offering no new details in their search for a University of Iowa student who vanished more than two weeks ago. Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn't show up for work.

The day after police in Kearney, Missouri shared information about a possible sighting of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, investigators said it was not her after all. An Iowa task force is investigating. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl confirmed Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 that the reported sighting of Mollie Tibbetts wasn't substantiated and has been ruled out by investigators.

Investigators said she disappeared on July 18.

Last Friday that led them to the pig farm near the wildlife reserve where they searched a home and a garage, reportedly without a warrant, Fox News said.

Yesterday, the reward for information leading to Tibbetts' safe return increased to $30,000.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa spokesman Greg Willey promised to protect the anonymity of tipsters who call in or submit tips online, saying the group uses software that scrubs identifying information.

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The mother of Mollie Tibbetts believes her daughter may have been abducted on July 18 and begged her possible kidnappers to let her go.

"She's out there. We feel it".

"We believe Mollie is still alive and if someone abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her", she told the press.

"It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, that they would just release her, and claim that money we have raised for her freedom", Calderwood said. "Just imagine if somebody had taken your Mollie", Jack, 20, told ABC News on August 3.

"Let's keep at it. Let's go get her", said Rob Tibbetts, Mollie Tibbetts' father.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said that her last known article of clothing is believed to be dark-colored running shorts, and a pink sports top and running shoes, color unknown. We're looking for you.

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