20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was last seen on July 18 while running in Brooklyn, Iowa. She was dog sitting for her boyfriend, who was out of town on business.
While her jog that night was the last time she was seen, investigators are not saying whether or not she made it home before she went missing.
On Tuesday, state authorities shared what they can about the situation still unfolding in the small town.
“Not knowing what has happened to a loved one who has gone missing is a terrible experience. And every day without them is more painful. We’ve appreciated their cooperation during a difficult time and have assured them our primary focus is in finding Mollie,” said Kevin Winker, Director of Investigative Operations for Iowa Department of Public Safety.
On any given day 30 to 40 investigators are working to find Mollie Tibbetts. There have been 200 leads in the case, but still no sign of the young girl.
Right now, officials say they will not be releasing very many details in the investigation to the public. This comes after rumors in the small town Mollie had arrived home from her jog before going missing.
Kevin Winker with the Iowa Department of Public Safety says they cannot confirm nor deny that claim, or any other detail involving the timeline of Mollie’s disappearance.
“As leads continue to come in, they are constantly evaluated, prioritized and followed up on. Missing person cases can be some of the most difficult and demanding investigations,” said Winker.
When asked if the public is at risk right now, Winker paused before saying that’s difficult to answer. Adding, people should always “take standard of precautions”.
As for Mollie, the search in the air, on the ground, and through social media continues.
“Our focus right now is to find Mollie. We need to find Mollie, so that anything you can do, or anybody in the community can do to help us do that, that would be very much appreciated,” said Winker.