Reward for missing University of Iowa student hits $260,000

Reward for missing University of Iowa student hits $260,000
This undated photo released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation shows Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was reported missing from her hometown of Brooklyn on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION)

BROOKLYN, Iowa — The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has swelled to $260,000.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe that she’s alive but has potentially been kidnapped. Spokesman Greg Willey said the family hopes that the reward money will lead to her return.

Tibbetts went missing on July 18 from her small hometown of Brooklyn.

Investigators are being tight-lipped about the case, saying holding back basic details may help solve it. That includes saying whether they believe that Tibbetts returned home from a jog the night she went missing.

Willey said Crime Stoppers will protect the anonymity of tipsters who call in or submit tips online. He said the organization has shared more than 200 anonymous tips with law enforcement since Monday, July 30.

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