Mother of missing Iowa woman believes she may be held captive

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

However, Kearney police Sgt. Joe Kantola told KMBC-TV that "if Mollie had been spotted in the surveillance video from the truck stop, he would have mentioned it in the statement", and he said only one person claimed to have seen someone who looked like Tibbetts at the truck stop.

The latest came Thursday, when police confirmed that a possible sighting of Ms Tibbetts at a Missouri truck stop turned out not to be her.

Tibbett's family is offering a $172,000 reward for information that will lead authorities to her, Time reported.

The original version of this story misstated the first name of the missing Iowa student. She said that it's the family's greatest hope that whoever may have Tibbetts lets her go and claims the "money we have raised for her freedom".

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On Thursday, Mollie Tibbetts' family and Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa held a press conference encouraging the public to make use of the reward fund. Crime Stoppers emphasized that it has set up an anonymous tipline, and anyone using that tipline to send in information that brings her home will be able to receive the reward anonymously.

"What we're trying to do is shake the tree", said Greg Willey with Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.

"She's out there. We feel it. We are very hopeful with the electronic data we are getting back", Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, previously told the Des Moines Register. "We are hopeful that she is still alive and so we will continue to think that way until told otherwise", Rahn told ABC News last week.

"Everyday I feel Mollie's presence with me". Mollie Tibbetts' mother, Laura Calderwood, believes she may have been abducted.

But he said, "I'm confident we have a solid timeline that we're working on" - though he added that they weren't releasing that information just yet. She called Tibbetts an "incredibly strong woman".

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