Missing student's mother pleads with potential abductor

Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor

Missing Iowa student's mother pleads with potential abductor

Tibbetts was alone and dog sitting at her boyfriend's house at the time of her disappearance.

Investigators leading the search for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts will be holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m.in Montezuma. Tibbetts worked at a day care; another employee confirmed its workers wear red shirts. Mollie Tibbetts' mother pleaded for anyone who may have abducted her daughter to let her go and said anyone with information on the case can come forward anonymously.

Jack, also 20, said he doesn't believe there's a chance Tibbetts would have left on her own accord.

"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. "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.

The morning after she disappeared, Tibbetts' family reported her missing after she didn't show up to her job at a daycare center in a nearby town. The Kearney, Missouri, police department said on Wednesday that they responded to the possible sighting on July 26.

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Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, hasn't been seen since going for an evening jog on July 18 in Brooklyn, a community of about 1,400 people where she was living. Her father, Rob Tibbetts, said he believes the reward will incentivize someone to come forward.

That effort included sifting through data from her cellphone, social media accounts and a Fitbit, a physical activity tracker.

More than 200 leads have been investigated.

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. "We are hopeful that she is still alive and so we will continue to think that way until told otherwise", Rahn told ABC News last week.

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