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Mollie Tibbetts reward jumps to almost $400,000 to the center of the ongoing search

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Iowa officials urge vigilance in search of Mollie Tibbetts

Researchers update search for missing Iowa student.

Almost a month after the disappearance of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, the reward for information that could lead to its discovery is closing in on $400,000.

The Crime Stoppers reward, which stood at $385,718 on Tuesday, has increased significantly in the past two weeks, or because the Tibbetts family joined forces with the organization.

It stands as the biggest reward ever for Crime Stoppers in the state, the group told Fox News.

The increased total comes as researchers seem to have limited their focus to a handful of locations in and around the area of Brooklyn, Iowa, where she was last seen.

Authorities released a map Monday, highlighting five specific areas of interest.

(findingmollie.iowa.gov)

MOLLIE TIBBETTS SEARCH NOW FOCUSED ON THE CAR WASH, TRUCK STOP, AND AREAS IN AND AROUND BROOKLYN, IOWA

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Authorities released a map Monday, highlighting five specific areas, which are equipped with a car wash is a few steps away from the main commercial strip and a TA truck stop next to Interstate 80.

The other highlighted locations in the near Tibbetts’ friend’s house, where she resided at the time of her disappearance, and two sparsely populated pieces of land only accessible by unpaved roads.

“Law enforcement is currently looking for more witnesses and want to speak to anyone in the areas indicated below on July 18, 2018, between the hours of 5 and 10 o’clock in the evening,” a notice on the website, findingmollie.iowa.gov, it said.

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Law enforcement has not indicated why they are searching for information about the specific places.

Tibbetts, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, was last seen on July 18, while jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa. According to the website, “there are no credible sightings of, or communication with, Mollie since that time.”

Fox News’ Matt Finn and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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