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August 3, 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.

Although Mollie has not been located, the investigation into her disappearance has not slowed. The public is encouraged to contact the following tip-lines if they believe they have information related to Mollie’s disappearance.

Tip Line: 
800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400
There is also a dedicated email to accept tips:

Missing Persons

As of Thursday, August 2 – there were 390 people listed as missing on the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse.

Of those, 225 were listed as juveniles, a majority of which are runaway situations.

Twenty-six of the individuals listed on the Clearinghouse are categorized as involuntary.  These 26 cases date back as far as 1976.

In 2017, 4,311 juveniles were reported missing to The Missing Person Information Clearinghouse.  This is an average of approximately 12 juveniles a day.  The vast majority of which are found or returned home within 24 hours. Typically these cases are runaway situations. The number of missing juveniles reported in recent weeks is in line with historical numbers. 

For additional information on missing persons in Iowa, please visit the Department of Public Safety’s website at:

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