“My two cents is that no one went into that house to hurt her,” Rob Tibbetts told the television station, adding he believes she “left willingly with someone she knows.”
Investigators have remained tight-lipped about details in the disappearance of Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student who vanished July 18 while dog-sitting for her boyfriend and his brother in Brooklyn, Iowa. Her disappearance has gained national attention.
Rob Tibbetts told Fox he believed his daughter was with someone she knows who was “over their head.” Calling it “totally speculation on my part,” he told the station he thought there was “some kind of a misunderstanding about the nature” of the relationship between the two.
“And at this point, they don’t know how to get out from under this,” he said.
He described the circumstances of his daughter’s disappearance as “so unusual” that the solution would “be even more unusual.”
“My belief is that she left willingly with someone she knows.”
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Investigators have repeatedly said they will not comment on what may have happened to Tibbetts. They have given no indication about her whereabouts or well-being.
Tibbetts’ mother, Laura Calderwood, said Thursday she believed her daughter was alive. More than $260,000 has been raised from donors across the country as a reward to solicit information that assists in her safe return.
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In a previous interview with the Des Moines Register, Rob Tibbetts made a plea to any possible abductors: “If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they’re in over their head and they’ve made a horrible mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further.”
State investigators have said they have conducted multiple searches for Tibbetts. The county sheriff said as many as 40 investigators have worked on the case each day, tracking down hundreds of tips that included ground, air, water and K-9 unit searches.
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Tibbetts, an avid runner, stands 5-foot-3 and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes of an unknown color, officials said Friday.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about Tibbetts to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679 or [email protected]
Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at www.crimestoppersofcentraliowa.com or by calling 800-452-1111 or 515-223-1400.
Authorities plan to update the public again Friday.
Follow the Des Moines Register on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
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