Coworker says day camp kids miss Mollie Tibbetts

Published: Jul. 27, 2018 at 7:57 PM CDT
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Investigators continue to search for leads regarding the disappearance of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. It's been more than a week since she vanished from the Poweshiek County town of Brooklyn. Despite hundreds of tips, investigators have found no sign of the missing 20-year-old.

Investigators told TV-9 they've conducted at least 100 more interviews Friday and are vigilantly following leads. Meanwhile, some of the area's youngest are having to adjust to life without her for now.

"I'm absolutely shocked," said UnityPoint Grinnell Regional Medical Center day camp director Chad Nath.

Nath has worked with Mollie Tibbetts for two summers now. He said the kids there loved having her around.

"They enjoyed being around her," said Nath. "Obviously, they're really missing her because she's like one of their family. When you spend eight hours a day with an individual everyday of the summer you do become pretty attached."

It's now been more than a week since the staff at Tibbett's job called her boyfriend when she didn't show up for work.

"It's just devastating to know that, in a community like this, someone can just vanish without a trace," said Nath.

Authorities said they're not giving up and believe she's out there somewhere, still alive.

"We've done several more interviews, those are continuing, some more neighborhood canvassing and a few more searches in various locations," said Rahn.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations said that includes more searches around the rural outskirts of Poweshiek County. While the DCI said they have no suspects in the case say they're still on the trail.

"We're continuing on with the investigation as if it was day one and well keep running those leads out," said Rahn.

"She's just a great individual and has a bright future," said Nath. "I hope she has a safe return."