Valley Crime Stoppers is helping a local man whose daughter disappeared out of state nearly two weeks ago. Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts vanished from a Brooklyn, Iowa home.
Mollie’s dad, Rob Tibbetts, lives in Fresno. He’s been in Iowa helping the search and now businesses here are donating to the efforts, raising thousands in reward money.
“Just come home pie. We miss you,” Rob said Tuesday.
According to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office, Mollie was reported missing by her family on July 19. She was last seen on July 18 at around 7:30 p.m.. while jogging.
Authorities say this is still a missing person case and volunteers are searching tirelessly. Detective are now following up on more than 200 leads and Rob is asking the public for more.
“I know that somebody knows something. There’s absolutely no way in a community like Brooklyn that somebody didn’t see or know something,” Rob said.
People in Fresno are stepping up from hundreds of miles away by increasing the Iowa crime stoppers reward from $2,000 to about $6,000.
“It sends the message to the public that Crime Stoppers programs help each other nationwide. We have a local connection here to this particular case,” Margaret Mims the Fresno County Sheriff said.
She said she hopes this will bring in even more donations that will get people speaking up. “We know that Crime Stoppers generates tips that help us solve crimes, and that’s what it’s about. Completely anonymous, so that anybody can call,” she said.
Rob said someone has the information and the tip that will bring Mollie home.
“That wasn’t right, I need to call and tell them I saw a car on the street that didn’t belong. I saw a person on the street that didn’t belong. Somebody came home late that never comes home late. Something like that is going to change this story,” he said.