Molly Tibbetts was last seen on July 18 around 5:30 p.m.
Initially, it was reported that Tibbetts was dog sitting with her boyfriend, Dalton Jack. However, new reports say that the 20-year-old was house and dog sitting for her boyfriend.
Authorities believe that when Tibbetts disappeared, she was running near cornfields in Brooklyn, Iowa in gym shorts, a black sports bra, and running shoes.
The last correspondence Jack had with his girlfriend was a “typical” snapchat photo she sent him the evening she went missing. He allegedly opened the snap around 10 p.m.
Jack said he was the one who “threw red flags,” who noticed Tibbetts was missing, according to CNN. He said earlier this week:
“I looked at my phone and noticed I texted her good morning that morning and she hadn’t looked at it. So, I got ahold of her friends and family.”
According to People, police have ruled Jack out as a suspect in the case.
Mitch Mortvedt, a spokesman for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, told People that Jack has been cooperating with police and that authorities have “formally excluded him as a suspect.”
In one of his first interviews since Tibbetts’ disappearance, Jack told ABC News that her phone continues to go straight to voicemail:
“She might have a FitBit on and she might have her cell phone, but obviously we’ve tried just calling her but it’s either off or dead so it would go straight to voicemail.”
Now that FitBit is the focal point of the search for Tibbetts.
According to CNN, authorities have executed a search warrant for Tibbetts’ Fitbit, as well as for her Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. Mortvedt said:
“This is a new arena for us. That’s part of the reason we called the FBI in. It’s probably pretty new to them, too. I don’t know of another case here in Iowa where we have used specifically Fitbit info.”
Mortvedt hopes that getting information from her Fitbit will allow authorities to know the exact routes Tibbetts took the day she went missing.
The search group, which includes 15 FBI agents, most recently searched a nearby pig farm. The farm is located in Guernsey, about a 15 minute car ride from Brooklyn.
Mortvedt said of the investigation:
“One avenue of thought is that if it wasn’t a struggle, and we have found no signs of a struggle, then maybe it was someone she was familiar with. But then the other avenue of thought is it could have been a stranger who simply overpowered her or tricked her. We just have very little to go on.”
University of Iowa students with whom Tibbetts may have been connected and coworkers have been interviewed by investigators.
No one has been taken into custody as of yet.
Tibbetts has long brown hair and brown eyes. She is five feet two inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds.
Anyone with any information regarding Tibbetts whereabouts is asked to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 641-623-5679.