Where's Mollie? 40 Investigators, 200 Leads And Few Answers

Dozens of Investigators are combing a small town to determine what happened to the 20-year-old.

What you need to know
  • Dozens of investigators have been searching for Mollie Tibbetts for more than two weeks
  • The 20-year-old university student vanished seemingly without a trace, with evidence she was doing homework on her computer the night she disappeared
  • Tibbetts was last seen jogging on the evening of July 18

Investigators say they still don't know what happened to university student Mollie Tibbetts who vanished nearly two weeks ago from her hometown in Brooklyn, Iowa.

At a news conference Tuesday, a lead investigator said dozens of local, state and federal agents are working to determine what happened to the 20-year-old.

Investigators have drawn no conclusions about what happened, but that her disappearing on her own is "not consistent with her past," said Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Winker said 200 leads have been pursued and between 30 to 40 investigators are working on the case on any given day. He said investigators have formulated a solid timeline of her disappearance, but didn't elaborate.

A pig farm and other places near where the University of Iowa student went missing have also been searched, but have turned up no sign of her.

Tibbetts was last seen jogging on the evening of July 18. Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn't show up to work.

Kevin Winker of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says investigators are pursuing every possible lead but haven't determined why Tibbetts went missing on July 18 (AAP)

Family members have said she was dog-sitting at the home where her longtime boyfriend, his brother and the brother's fiancee live.

Tibbett's brother has said investigators told him there is evidence she was doing homework on her computer the night she disappeared.

Her boyfriend has also said he got a Snapchat from her around 10 p.m. that same night, and she appeared to be indoors.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a press release last week searches for Tibbetts include "ground, air and the utilization of K-9's. Investigators continue to work this case aggressively and seek the public's support."

A neighbor reported seeing her going for a jog Wednesday evening. The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office said Monday, July 23, 2018, that Tibbetts had not been found. (AAP)

Investigators have searched through nearby cornfields and a pig farm to no avail. They've also been using digital forensic searches of her social media accounts, cellphone and fitness tracker in an effort to find her.

No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant, CBS affiliate KCCI-TV reports. Tibbett's father says it could be the clue that brings his daughter home.

"We are fighting. That's all we can do," said Rob Tibbetts.

"She is a real person. Not a missing girl on a poster."

Tibbetts is supposed to begin her sophomore year at the University of Iowa as a psychology major.

Last week, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said that with each passing day Tibbetts isn't found, the possibility grows that she was taken against her will. But he said investigators "haven't ruled anything out."