Search for Iowa college student continues after she vanished on a jog


Hundreds of volunteers have joined police in the search for a U.S. student who went missing while out jogging.

The Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency said that Mollie Tibbetts went missing on July 19 and was last seen in Brookyln, Iowa.

A Facebook page devoted to the search for Tibbetts said that every home, farm building, barn and shed in the Brooklyn, Iowa, area has been searched. She is described as being 5-feet, 3-inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.

"We still haven't found her and to be honest with you, we don't know what happened to her", says Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel.

"RT #MollieTibbetts #UIowa student disappears under mysterious circumstances in #Brooklyn #Iowa July 18, 2018 when she left to go jogging and it is unknown if she returned home".

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"We hope she is with friends", he says.

Mollie was last seen wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes. Hundreds of volunteers have joined in the search but have so far turned up nothing. "She said Mollie had not called into work that day and she hadn't showed up, and then I looked at the messages and she hadn't opened or read the message", he said.

A Facebook group dedicated to finding Ms Tibbetts has 10,266 members, as the community desperately searches for the missing woman. Tibbetts attends the University of Iowa. She graduated from Brooklyn, Guernsey, and Malcom High School in 2017 and was on the debate team, track team and was active in her local Catholic church, St. Bridget Church. She has two brothers, Jake and Scott. Calderwood said her daughter's disappearance "completely upended the entire community". Tibbetts grew up in California, where her father still lives.

"No words to describe how you feel when you don't know where or how your child is", Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, told ABC News. Calderwood said, "she [Mollie] is strong and sassy and a fighter and stubborn and she is not a quitter".

Anyone with information about Tibbetts or her whereabouts are asked to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office at 641-623-5679.