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

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

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, said Sunday that the family of the 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe that they live, but potentially has been kidnapped. Spokesman Greg Willey, says the family hopes the reward money will lead to her back.

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

Researchers are tight-lipped about the case, says the stopping of the basic information can help to solve it. That includes saying whether they believe Tibbetts returned home from a jog in the evening she went missing.

Willey, says Crime Stoppers will increase the protection of the anonymity of tipsters who call in or submit tips online . He says the organization has shared more than 200 anonymous tips to law enforcement since Monday.

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