Police Get Tip Mollie Tibbetts Was Spotted in Missouri

They indicate there is no surveillance footage that backs up the claim
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2018 6:03 AM CDT
Police Get Tip Mollie Tibbetts Was Seen at Truck Stop
This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation shows Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn on Thursday, July 19, 2018   (Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation via AP)

Roughly one week after Mollie Tibbetts vanished in Iowa, police received a tip of a possible sighting of the 20-year-old in Missouri. KMBC reports the Kearney Police Department fielded a tip from someone who saw a woman who looked like Tibbetts at a truck stop near I-35 and Missouri 92 Highway on July 26; that location is about 230 miles from where Tibbetts was last seen, reports ABC News. Kearney officers "spoke with all possible witnesses, and reviewed all available video footage," per a statement. A rep for the department says if they had seen Tibbetts in the footage that would have been mentioned in the statement; it was not, indicating there is no footage that backs up the witness' claim.

As for the claim, the rep added police only spoke with one person who reported seeing a Tibbetts lookalike at the truck stop. Des Moines station KCCI says a number of its viewers sent it screenshots of a Facebook post regarding the possible sighting, which noted Tibbetts "might have been drugged, looked disoriented, and was with a truck driver." KCCI did not share that post. Tibbetts was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18. (More Mollie Tibbetts stories.)

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