Missing Iowa woman possibly sighted in Missouri

The mother of a missing Iowa college student pleaded Thursday with anyone who may have abducted her daughter to let her go and instead claim a pot of reward money that has ballooned to $172,000. Sometimes I just feel her sitting on my shoulder. Jack was out of town for work at his construction company, and she was at his Brooklyn home watching his dogs.

"It certainly helps in that we are able to help establish a timeline and that's certainly critical for any investigation like this", Rahn told ABC News in an interview last week.

Mollie Tibbetts disappeared on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa, a small community an hour east of Des Moines, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa on Thursday said that the Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund for information leading to her safe return reached $172,000 as of August 2, according to the Register. "And Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman and I don't know that I have the strength in me and Mollie is lending me her strength every day and every night", she said.

"Doing what we can in the moment to get her safe first", he said on "GMA" Friday morning.

But he said he believes the case will be solved by someone who comes forward with new information.

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The Monterey, Calif., nonprofit group analyzed commercial photos obtained from the satellite imagery firm Planet. The DPAA Laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is the first USA stop for the recently returned remains.

On Thursday, her family and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa are holding a press conference to discuss the case. Investigators say they have concluded that a woman spotted in northwest Missouri was not Tibbetts.

She announced the new reward amount, which spiked from $2,000 offered earlier this week after donations poured in from across the nation.

Tibbett's father, Rob, begged the public to send tips, which can be done anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

"If they're listening then I would just like them to know... imagine if this was you". That effort included sifting through data from her cellphone, social media accounts and a Fitbit, a physical activity tracker.

Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations for the Iowa Department of Public Safety said on Tuesday all he could say was that the disappearance "is not consistent with her past", CNN reported.

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