BROOKLYN, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- It’s now been over a week since Mollie Tibbetts last saw her loved ones. State, federal investigators and the Brooklyn community as a whole have been doing all they can but are still running up short.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said they are checking out every lead they get but still have no suspects tied to her disappearance.
Authorities searched two hog farms Thursday in Guernsey. That’s about fifteen minutes southeast of Brooklyn.
The DCI said they originally checked them out in the morning and interviewed two farmers. But, nothing came out of it. Then, just before 5 p.m. authorities went back to one of them with a canine unit. While they haven’t said if that search has yielded results, the DCI told TV9. As long as they get tips, they’re not stopping until they find Tibbetts.
“You know, as long as we still have information coming in and we feel that we’re being productive, which we feel that we are, there’s been no talk about that amongst the investigative group with all the agencies involved,” said Iowa DCI agent Mitch Mortvedt.
But speaking of those tips in question, the rumor mill continues to flourish and a lot of times it’s not accurate. That’s why authorities advise, if people are not sure on information about the case, to try to not spin the web further on social media.
“Some of them appeared to have some credibility so law enforcement runs those leads out and that is a lot of wasted resources,” said Mortvedt.
Still, that doesn’t mean they’re discouraging people to send them tips to help them get to the bottom of this.
Anyone with information should still contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s office at (641)-623-5679.