Cops Investigate Sighting Of Missing Iowa College Student After Spotted At Truck Stop

Mollie Tibbetts Cops Investigate Possible Sighting

Feb. 25 2019, Updated 11:51 a.m. ET

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Police investigated a possible sighting of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts 240 miles away from where she disappeared from, exclusively learned.

“Officers responded to a call on July 26, 2018 at 9:50pm. The caller said a female resembling the missing girl was seen in the company of a white male,” Kearny, Missouri Assistant Chief of Police Barney Hatfield told

Tibbetts, 20, disappeared after going for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18, 2018.

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Chief Hatfield told four Kearny police officers “went out there to the truck stop trying to locate her.”

The person claimed to see her at the Pilot Truck Stop at Missouri 92 and Interstate 95.

“It didn’t seem like she was in any distress, they knew each other,” the person told the police, Chief Hatfield explained to “By the time officers got there they were gone.”

“They talked to the female that saw her, who thought it resembled her,” he told “Officers talked to truck drivers, nobody had seen her even. The person said she was in the Taco Bell inside the Pilot Truck Stop.”

Chief Hatfield told the officers viewed security footage taken at the truck stop.

“Staff replayed security videos for the officers and no images can be obtained for a positive identify of the party.”

Chief Hatfield told they contacted the local police in Tibbett’s home town in Iowa about the report.

“We couldn’t find anything to substantiate the sighting.”

Tibbetts was staying at her boyfriend Dalton Jack’s home while he was working over an hour away. She went jogging that evening and sent him a Snapchat around 10pm.

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Anyone with information is urged to contact the police tip lines at (800) 452-1111 or (515) 223-1400. The sheriff said the public can also send tips via email to

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