Much remains publicly unknown in the case of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, who vanished more than two weeks ago — and while authorities have stayed mum about several key questions in the investigation, they are not slowing down.
That was the message at a news conference held Friday morning by local, state and federal officials, who were joined by Tibbetts’ family.
The 20-year-old — a rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, where she is studying psychology — was reported missing on July 19 by her relatives.
Authorities said Friday that Tibbetts was last seen alive about 7:30 p.m. on July 18 on her regular run around Brooklyn in eastern Iowa, where she lived. She was wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink athletic top and running shoes.
She had been dog-sitting at her boyfriend’s home.
Large-scale searches ensued, and they have continued, but Tibbetts has not been found.
Still, Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel said Friday, “The investigation into her disappearance has not slowed down at all.”
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