Frustration builds as police stay mum on missing Iowa woman

Mollie Tibbetts' parents and boyfriend had a direct message for possible kidnappers at a press conference Thursday morning. "I don't know that I have the strength in me, and Mollie's lending me her strength".

The Kearney Police Department said in a statement that it spoke to witnesses and reviewed video footage before forwarding a report to a task force investigating Tibbetts' disappearance. "If they're listening I would just like them to know imagine if this was you", Jack said at the press conference.

For two weeks, investigators have been searching for clues and conducting hundreds of interviews in the search for Mollie Tibbetts.

A $172,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of Tibbetts.

Jack has said that he believes Tibbetts would have had both her fitness tracker and cellphone when she went out for her jog.

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"It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, they will just release her", the emotional mother continued.

Crime Stoppers uses a software system that encrypts and scrubs information that comes in, "and so the only thing that's identified to that information is an ID number", Willey said.

Mollie Tibbetts disappeared on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa, a small community an hour east of Des Moines, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office.

The reward was meant to "help facilitate the process of receiving information anonymously that we can use to pay for her or information that would lead to her location", she said. Her father, Rob Tibbetts, said he believes the reward will incentivize someone to come forward.

Authorities have yet to give an official timeline; but police have been combing through information from Tibbetts' Fitbit, which she always wore, as well as her cellphone and social media accounts. "If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they're in over their head and they've made a terrible mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further", he said. Her disappearance has gained national attention. She was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes of an unknown color.

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