Public Safety

Watch: Authorities hold news conference regarding Mollie Tibbetts case

Authorities are set to discuss the investigation into the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who vanished from Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18.

Rick Rahn, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said the conference will discuss various aspects of the investigation, but will not reveal any new facts about the case.

“No additional or new case facts are going to be released,” he said. “I know that’s what everybody wants, but we are not prepared to release that information at this time. But, we are going to talk about the complexity of investigation, the number or people involved, the volume of leads we’re investigating and that continue to come in and we’re going to talk some about missing people.”

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Attached to a news release Monday from the Iowa Department of Public Safety was a copy of the Iowa Missing Persons 2018 Annual Report from the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse, indicating authorities might hope to quell the recent rumors that have spread through social media that an inordinate number of juveniles have disappeared in recent weeks.

Tibbetts was last seen jogging in the Brooklyn area on July 18. Authorities believe she disappeared either that night after her run or the following morning.

The investigation began with sweeping searches, where hundreds of local volunteers helped canvas the area where Tibbetts is believed to have gone missing.

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The use of data and digital records associated with Tibbetts’ social media and devices have also been a focal point of the investigation.

Over the weekend, Rick Rahn, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said there were more than 30 agents on the ground in the Brooklyn area working the case.

Rahn declined to comment on whether any new information or developments have surfaced, but said “We are continuing to do interviews and go where the leads take us.”

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