Crime | Trending

Police: Missing Student Mollie Tibbetts Found Dead

Mollie Tibbetts

The story of a missing student from Iowa who captured national attention received a tragic end today.

Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the body of Mollie Tibbetts, who vanished in July, was found somewhere in Iowa.

Tibbetts was a psychology student at the University of Iowa.

She disappeared on the night of July 18, sometime after leaving her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn, Iowa to go jogging.

Well-known to her neighbors as a dependable babysitter and steady churchgoer, Tibbetts was dog-sitting for her boyfriend and his brother the night she went missing.

Both men were spending the night out of town for work, and police say they are not suspects in Tibbetts' disappearance.

In the weeks since she went missing, celebrities from Iowa have helped spread the word about Tibbetts' case, making her story a national obsession.

Mollie Tibbetts.
'American Idol' winner Maddie Poppe's tweet.Maddie Poppe - Twitter

At one time, the award for information leading to her safe return surpassed $400,000, and Vice President Mike Pence visited Tibbetts' family to pray with them.

"There are] no words to describe how you feel when you don’t know where or how your child is," Tibbetts' mother Laura Calderwood said about her disappearance.

Family members and police have speculated that Tibbetts' cell phone and Fitbit tracking device could help reveal what happened to her.

Last week, the FBI speculated that Tibbetts had been abducted by someone she knew and trusted, insisting her kidnapper was "hiding in plain sight," and may have attended vigils for her.

A local pig farmer, Wayne Cheney, was interviewed by police several times and even took a polygraph (lie detector) test in relation to the disapperance.

Police are expected to share more details about the case at a press conference later today.

Rest in peace Mollie, we're all praying for you and your family!

[H/T: People, USA Today]

I write about all sorts of things for Shared, especially weird facts, celebrity news, and viral stories. CONTACT: zachary@shared.com