Public Safety

Woman's body found in Lee County

Investigators: 'No reason to believe' it is Tibbetts

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A young woman’s body was found Sunday in rural Lee County in southeastern Iowa, but investigators said they don’t think it is connected to the Mollie Tibbetts case.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Lee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a dead body Sunday.

The body was that of a white woman in her early to mid-20s, authorities said.

In a news release, the Department of Public Safety said investigators “have no reason to believe” that it is Tibbetts’ body.

Tibbetts, 20, was reported missing July 19 after her family realized she had not shown up for work. She last was seen the night before jogging through Brooklyn, Iowa, wearing black shorts, a pink or red sports top and running shoes.

Brooklyn is about 120 miles northwest of Lee County.

The Department of Public Safety said there would be no further updates Sunday on either the Tibbetts case or the Lee County death.

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