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July 31, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa


Mollie Tibbetts Investigation Update

Investigative Response

On July 19, 2018, twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, of Brooklyn, Iowa, was reported missing by her family.  She was last seen on July 18 at approximately 7:30 PM while running the city streets of Brooklyn. Her last known article of clothing is believed to be dark colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes, color unknown.

Since July 19th, law enforcement and volunteers have searched tirelessly for Mollie. On any given day upwards of 30-40 investigators are working this case.  Thus far, in excess of 200 leads have been followed up on. Searches have included ground, air, and the utilization of K-9’s. Investigators continue to work this case aggressively and seek the public’s support by contacting the established tip lines if they have information related to Mollie’s disappearance. 

Tip Line:  The quickest way to get information to law enforcement is to use the following tip lines:

There is a dedicated tip line for the investigation:
800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400
There is also a dedicated email to accept tips:


The Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case or the discovery of Mollie Tibbetts.  The TIP Rural Electric Cooperative in Brooklyn has agreed to match that reward, for a total of $2,000.

Missing Person Clearinghouse

The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse Iowa Missing Persons FY 2018 Annual Report is being shared on the DPS webpage at:

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