The latest on the desperate search for missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts

The FBI has joined the search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.
Publish date:

The search for a missing 20-year-old college student is dominating headlines in Iowa, and is going national.

Mollie Tibbetts was last seen on July 18 near her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, about an hour east of Des Moines.

She had been dropped off by her brother at her boyfriend's house, as she was going to dog-sit for him while he was out of town working.

She was last spotted jogging in the area that evening, wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office.

Her boyfriend, who has been ruled out as a suspect, was one of the first to raise the alarm that she was missing, after she failed to show for work and he'd noticed messages he'd sent her had gone unread.

The search for her has increasingly intensified, to the point that the FBI joined it earlier this week, dedicating 15 agents to the search.

Subscribe: Sign up for our daily newsletters.

KCRG in Iowa is reporting that abduction is one of the possibilities being explored by authorities.

The most recent updates to the investigation has seen investigators issued search warrants for Tibbetts' Fitbit, as well as her social media accounts, as they try and track down her last location.

On Thursday, law enforcement searched a pig farm about 15 miles east of Brooklyn after receiving a tip, but found no sign of her, CBS News reports.

Her family has set up a Facebook page to provide updates and share information about the search.

Next Up

police tape, crime scene

Man, 19, fatally shot by police in the Iron Range

The man was allegedly linked to a shoplifting incident, and an earlier drive-by shooting.


Alleged drunk driver crashes into Chisago Co. deputy's squad car

The deputy was taken to the hospital afterwards.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns has lost 7 family members to COVID-19

The Timberwolves forward "hasn't been in a good place" since his mother died last April.

Leah Ottman, aka LOTT

Acclaimed Minneapolis violinist and singer Leah Ottman dies at 33

She also performed as LOTT, the name of her solo project.

Target gift card

Holiday shopping? Target gift cards are discounted this weekend

You have to be a Target Circle member, but that's free to join.

vote, vote now

MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

prison, Rush City cell block

Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

leech lake band of ojibwe sign

11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.


Reports: Missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts is found dead

Her disappearance sparked a statewide search.

Reward for finding missing Iowa student hits $300,000

Mollie Tibbetts hasn't been seen since July 18.

Jacob Michael Lavoie

Body found in search for missing UMD student

The 21-year-old has been missing since last Saturday.

Suspect in custody on charges of murdering Mollie Tibbetts

A 24-year-old man in the country illegally is in custody.

Search underway for woman missing from Cass County

The 42-year-old was reported missing Friday.

New details about Mollie Tibbetts' death and her accused killer

The accused appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE: Sheriff provides the latest on search for missing Jayme Closs

The Wisconsin 13 year old has been missing since her parents were found dead.


Search ongoing for missing boater who fell into Lake Pepin

The incident was reported on Thursday afternoon.