Federal Bureau of Investigation

Reward Fund for Missing Iowa Woman at Record Over $300,000

The fund has been established to help return Tibbetts to her family

What to Know

  • Tibbetts, 20, was last seen on the evening of July 18 in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa
  • She was reported missing the next morning when she didn't show up for work at a daycare in a nearby town
  • A possible sighting of Tibbetts at a Missouri truck stop on Aug. 1 turned out not to be her

A spokesman for a central Iowa nonprofit says the reward fund for a missing University of Iowa student has grown to more than $300,000 and is likely to continue climbing.

Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.

Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.

The fund has been established to help return Tibbetts to her family. The 20-year-old woman went missing on July 18 from her hometown of Brooklyn, about 70 miles (112.7 kilometers) east of Des Moines.

Officers from the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies are working to find her.

She was last seen jogging on the city streets in the town of 1,400.

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