DCI: “We think she’s still alive,” not scaling back efforts to find Mollie Tibbetts

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BROOKLYN, Iowa (KCRG-TV-9) Nine days. That's how long it's been since anyone’s seen or heard from Mollie Tibbetts. Investigators said they are not changing their intensity in the search for her.

20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, disappeared on July 18. That day she had gone for a run and was dog sitting for her boyfriend in Brooklyn, Iowa. The investigation into Tibbetts' disappearance has included searching areas of Brooklyn, including farm fields and farm buildings. Authorities said Tibbetts’ boyfriend and brothers are not suspects. The Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI said they been trying to track her digital footprint, looking at information from her cell phone and fit bit.

Investigators said they’re treating today as if it’s still day one and not scaling back crews whatsoever. On the contrary, there’s more law enforcement that arrived to town Friday.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said they did more neighborhood sweeps, searched more rural parts of Powesheik county and have interviewed more than 100 people Friday. The DCI told TV-9, as long as people keeping sending tips, they’re going to keep working. Authorities said they continue to get hundreds of new and different leads everyday.

“I anticipate we’re going to get more leads so I anticipate working through the weekend and do whatever we can to track her down and locate her," said DCI Special Agent Richard Rahn.

The DCI does insist it’s not a recovery mission. Rahn said, while he believes while the disappearance is suspicious, she’s out there somewhere still alive.

Authorities also point out there’s no person of interest they’re publicly sharing at this time but encourage people to continue to send tips to them. Big or small, any tip could still prove useful. If you do believe you have information that could be helpful, email the sheriff's office at tips@poweshiekcosheriff.com or call 641-623-5679.