Mollie Tibbetts has been missing for almost two weeks. And 200 leads later, there is still no sign of her.
The family can’t put the pieces together, but Mollie’s mom says she can still feel her daughter’s presence. KCCI’s Laura Terrell visited the family’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa.
“It is just an emotional roller coaster,” Laura Calderwood, Mollie’s mother, said.
It’s a nightmare she’s unable to wake up from. Calderwood can’t look anywhere in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, without seeing her daughter Mollie’s face on a missing person poster.
“It’s a reality check every time I see one of those posters,” she said. “It’s like, ‘She’s gone!'”
Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts vanished nearly two weeks ago. Her mom knew immediately something bad must have happened.
“I knew something was terribly wrong. She wouldn’t not go to work,” Calderwood said.
Tuesday, investigators held their first news conference on the case.
“We can’t tell you why Mollie is missing,” Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Director Kevin Winker said.
Revealing they’ve followed up on 200 leads, but are still stumped, Mollie’s family is just as confused and has gone over every scenario.
“My greatest fear is that we wouldn’t find her, but I can’t go there right now,” Calderwood said.
Calderwood says Mollie was seen out on a jog around 7:30 p.m. on July 18.
“To the best of my knowledge, I believe she did make it home from the run and was in Dalton’s home.”
The family says evidence shows Tibbetts was doing homework on her computer after her jog that night. Authorities won’t confirm or deny that — saying they don’t want to reveal too much.
“There are her senior pictures… This is actually my favorite one,” Calderwood said.
Photos of Mollie fill her mom’s house in Brooklyn. The same house where she supposed to have dinner with her family the night she vanished.
“She has no many people that love her and that’s what I don’t understand who would want to hurt her or any of the members of our family?” Calderwood said.
Still so many questions about how, why and where? But, one thing is clear, Mollie’s mom is determined to find her.
“The first night she went missing I was distraught. I knew her phone was dead, but I sent her a text saying, ‘I love you. We’re looking for you. We will find you no matter what,'” Calderwood said.
The family says they plan to reveal details about a larger reward in the coming days. Authorities say they still need the public’s help.
If you have any information on Mollie’s disappearance, you’re asked to contact authorities.