Investigators still not sharing specifics in Tibbetts disappearance case

Kevin Winker of the Iowa Department of Public Safety speaks at a news conference Friday in...
Kevin Winker of the Iowa Department of Public Safety speaks at a news conference Friday in Montezuma about the Mollie Tibbetts disappearance.(KCRG)
Published: Aug. 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM CDT
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Investigators looking into the disappearance of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts still won’t talk about any evidence uncovered in the case so far. But they’re getting many tips a day and want more.

And the 20-year-old Brooklyn resident’s family hopes a much larger reward fund announced Thursday will bring out even more information.

As the search for Mollie Tibbetts enters a third week, friends in her hometown are keeping up their hopes. And they’re keeping up efforts to help.

Posters, t-shirts, buttons and magnets with the “missing” message continue to roll out of a print shop carried by volunteers to new locations to help spread the word.

In a news conference Friday, Iowa Department of Public Safety investigative operations director Kevin Winker talked about whether all the social media attention was helping or hurting the efforts.

“These postings are beneficial in that it keeps the investigation in the public eye. However, I would keep in mind these postings are often rumor and unconfirmed by law enforcement,” Winker said.

Winker would not say if investigators plan any more large scale searches like the one that took place Thursday in rural Poweshiek County.

He said that will be a call by agents overseeing the case.

Winker also could not say if the large reward fund has brought in many new tips.

That, though, is one hope of people in Brooklyn.

Bryce Vander Kamp said “something’s got to happen. We need to know, the family needs to know.”

Mollie’s father Rob Tibbetts also spoke briefly at the news conference.

He said the kind of support the family is seeing is keeping spirits up.

“We’re all in this together. We’re all trying to bring Mollie back and we are deeply appreciative,” Tibbetts said.

Authorities say they will share specific information from the investigation if it would help law enforcement.

At this point, they plan another news conference to update the case on Tuesday.

The “Bring Mollie Tibbetts Home Safe Reward Fund” announced yesterday began with $172,000 in contributions

On Friday, the fund had grown to more than $200,000.