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Search Called Off For Mollie Tibbetts, Iowa College Student Who Vanished While Out For A Jog

The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office is reportedly following other leads. 

By Jill Sederstrom
The Search for Missing Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts

Authorities have called off the search for a missing Iowa college student who vanished last week while out for a jog.

According to the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office, there is no organized search party going on at this time to find the missing 20-year-old. No additional details were available about why the search had been halted. However, ABC News reported that investigators were currently following other leads.

Mollie Tibbetts had been dog sitting with her boyfriend in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa, when she decided to go for an evening run at about 10 p.m.

A neighbor saw her jogging, and described her as wearing gym shorts, a black sports bra, and running shoes, according to the Des Moines Register.

On Friday, hundreds of volunteers searched the rural areas of Poweshiek County in hopes of finding Tibbetts or locating clues to her whereabouts.

Her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, told ABC News that she may have had her FitBit on or had her cell phone with her at the time of her disappearance. However, her phone apparently is now off, he said.

Family and friends have also plastered missing posters of the college student in area businesses and have created a Facebook group called Finding Mollie Tibbetts to aid in search efforts.

"It's frustrating; it's powerless," Kim Calderwood, Tibbetts' aunt, told The Register. "We're racking our brains, thinking what can we think of to tell the investigators."  

An update posted on the Facebook group Sunday evening thanked the public for their support and prayers.

Mollie Tibbetts

"We wanted to let (you) know that, at this time, we have no news to share about our efforts to find Mollie," Sandi Tibbetts Murphy, who told Oxygen.com that she is Mollie's cousin, wrote. "The investigative team has been working hard on so many fronts, but we (are) at that point where results take time."

An earlier post by Murphy said the investigative team was looking into data and information from Tibbetts' computer and social media activity.

According to The Register, Calderwood described Tibbetts, who is attending the University of Iowa, as a beautiful and positive girl who used to babysit for many of the families in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn.

In high school, she ran track and was also on the debate team.

"She's strong and sassy and a fighter and stubborn and she is not a quitter," Calderwood told The Register.

[Photo: Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office]