Investigators said evidence points to a plausible theory that Mollie Tibbetts [photo], returned home after her jog and did not disappear while out running as earlier speculated
The press conference comes as police in Pella say the man being sought for taking pictures of female joggers on Friday has turned himself in.Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen jogging in the Brooklyn, Iowa area on July 18, about an hour’s drive away from the city of Pella.
Police in Pella said the man revealed why he had taken the photos, which remain undisclosed.
“I’ve got the detectives fact checking everything he’s given us,” Police Lt. Shane Cox said. “At this point there are no criminal charges,” and he added that he doesn’t expect there to be any.
“Many of you have heard the news reports of the missing University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbetts. She was last seen in the town of Brooklyn, IA, 50 miles west of Iowa City. She went missing while out on a run. Please share and help find Mollie.”
Mollie’s brother Jake holds a photograph of his sister from a high school speech competition. He hoping she will be found
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 was born in San Francisco and lived in Oakland until she moved to Iowa with her mother when she was in second grade, the Des Moines Register reported.
Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), on Friday revealed that they “anticipate additional sites” will come into the picture.
“We’re looking at anybody and everybody that would lead us to locating her,” he said, noting that “her missing is suspicious” and that authorities are “hoping to locate her sooner than later.”
Rahn disclosed that investigators have received “zero information” indicating that Tibbetts was a runaway or had a medical reason for her disappearance.