Fox News has confirmed search teams were looking through ditches about a mile away from the reserve, near the same farm that FBI investigators were said to have searched for almost two hours last week. "So come forward, share that information with authorities, and let's bring Mollie home". And he noted he didn't say in the statement that she had been seen on video from the truck stop.
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. "We are told very little by the authorities, for a very good reason....they don't need to share information with someone who might be implicated in this".
Local police responded to the tip, that reportedly came from a Facebook post of someone who believed they saw a woman matching Tibbetts' appearance.
Thursday afternoon the focus of the search was on an area of Poweshiek County just off Highway 21.
Tibbetts, 20, disappeared after going for a jog near her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn, Iowa.
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Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel said that investigators have ruled out Jack and Tibbetts' brothers as suspects. An Iowa task force is investigating.
"At this point, we don't know her exact whereabouts but we continue to look". "We're doing everything we can to locate her and track her down".
A $172,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to her safe return.
"Everyday I feel Mollie's presence with me". "Mollie was an incredibly strong young woman, and I don't know that I have the strength in me but Mollie is lending me her strength every day, every night".
"Let's keep at it. Let's go get her", said Rob Tibbetts, Mollie Tibbetts' father.
In the meantime, Jack told ABC News he's "just taking it day by day". 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.