Missing Iowa student's boyfriend: 'Just imagine if somebody had taken your Mollie'

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By Thursday afternoon search teams were back in the area, combing the nearby fields for any trace of the missing girl, according to Fox News.

Her family and friends are posting flyers and talking to the public and the media about a new reward fund for information on the whereabouts of the 20-year-old.

Authorities in Kearney, Missouri are investigating a possible sighting of Mollie Tibbetts, a missing college student from Iowa. "They've put together a very sophisticated investigation", he said of the police. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Mike Krapfl confirmed Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 that the reported sighting of Mollie Tibbetts wasn't substantiated and has been ruled out by investigators.

Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations at the Iowa Department of Public Safety, refused to say whether they've identified any suspects in the ongoing case.

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Tibbett's family is offering a $172,000 reward for information that will lead authorities to her, Time reported.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 1-800-452-1111.

"She's out there. We feel it". Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, was the last person to hear from Tibbetts.

"We believe that Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her we plead with you [to let her go]", Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, said.

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But he said, "I'm confident we have a solid timeline that we're working on" - though he added that they weren't releasing that information just yet.

Jack, in the ABC News interview, said that he and Tibbetts chatted via text messages and social media on July 18 before she went out for a jog, which was her regular routine. "I don't know that I have the strength in me, and Mollie's lending me her strength". She was last spotted jogging around 7:30 that evening, wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra and running shoes, the sheriff's office said.

"I can't tell you how much we appreciate you", he said.

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