Reward for Mollie Tibbetts' safe return raises to $172000

Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

Police in Missouri respond to possible Mollie Tibbetts sighting

Tibbetts' family and boyfriend joined detectives.

In just one day, the "Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund" raised $172,000 (AUD $233,500) Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, revealed at a press conference on Thursday.

Greg Willey, an official with Crime Stoppers, said the fund was set up with First State Bank in Brooklyn, across the street from where at least 10 cameras focused in on her mother as they announced the reward.

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.

Thank you for signing up for the Sunrise Newsletter. Calderwood believes her daughter is still alive and possibly being held captive. "If they're listening I would just like them to know imagine if this was you", Jack said at the press conference.

According to police, officers responded to a possible sighting of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts on Thursday, July 26, at a truck stop in their jurisdiction. Donations can be made on the Crime Stoppers website, he noted.

"That tipster then will have to. contact us back if a crime has been solved", he said.

Investigators, with the help of Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic experts, were tracking Tibbetts' digital footprint. Investigators had been looking into a report of a woman who looked like Tibbetts at a truck stop more than 200 miles from where she was last seen two weeks ago.

Richard Rahn, special agent in charge of the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation, said data from Tibbetts' FitBit, a GPS-enabled activity tracker, has been "helpful" and could be "key" in locating her.

"Tibbetts is 5'2" and approximately 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 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.

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.

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