Friends of Tibbetts Clear up Misinformation

BROOKLYN, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Family and friends are hoping someone knows what happened to Mollie Tibbetts. The 20-year-old University of Iowa Student from Poweshiek County vanished last week seemingly without a trace. Now, misinformation about what happened is complicating the search.

While it may have been well intended, a lot of things people have been publishing have incorrect information about Tibbetts. This includes her height, age and misspelling her middle and last name.

Dalton Jack said he's been dating Tibbetts for close to three years now. He said he was one of the first people to notice her gone.

"I was the one who threw red flags," said Jack.

Dalton said she was dog-sitting at his house Wednesday while he was in Dubuque for work and his brothers were in Ames. That's why when she didn't show up to her job on Thursday morning, they knew something was wrong.

"She hadn't called in,” said Jack. "I looked at my phone and noticed I texted her good morning that morning, and she hadn't looked at it. So I got ahold of her friends and family."

Other misinformation includes where Tibbetts was the night of her disappearance.

"I read somewhere that she was running in a cornfield. That's obviously not true," said her aunt, Kim Calderwood.

Calderwood added that while Tibbetts was born in Oakland, California, her family moved to Brooklyn, Iowa when she was in fourth grade.

At this point, they want to remain hopeful.

"You've seen her pictures. She's obviously a physically beautiful girl but she's more beautiful on the inside," said Calderwood.

While public searches aren't being done, Brooklyn and the United States as a whole isn't giving up on Tibbetts.

"Let's bring our girl home," said Calderwood.

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Family and friends searched farm fields and areas around Brooklyn on Friday before authorities called off the public search.

Over the weekend, missing posters were printed and distributed across the state as authorities search for clues leading to Mollie. But, as the search has intensified, so has the speculation surrounding the case.

With the case gaining national attention, it’s also leaving a lot of space for misinformation. Many posters around town either spell her name wrong or say she’s 19, not 20. Her aunt said one of the biggest misconceptions she’s seen on social media is where Tibbetts was the night that she disappeared.
“That she was out running when it happened, that's not a correct timeline,” said her aunt, Kim Calderwood. “The run happened and then she was at the house as far as we know. I don't think she would've run in the dark.” 

Her boyfriend of nearly three years, Dalton Jack, told TV9 he opened a Snapchat around 10 Wednesday night, where she was back inside dog sitting. “Just a selfie with a caption like any other normal snapchat, but the background looked like she was indoors,” said Jack. TV9 did contact authorities for further development on the case, but they declined to comment. Anyone with information is asked to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.