Authorities investigate University of Iowa student's disappearance

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 18:00:43-04

It's been nearly a week since Mollie Tibbetts disappeared.

Despite search efforts over the last few days, there is still no sign of the missing woman.

The 20-year-old University of Iowa student was dogsitting with her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance.

Family, friends and the community have joined the search over the last few days.

"We're trying to get the word out we want Mollie home safe," said Carla Kriegel.

Kriegel volunteers in the next room over, making cards with information about Mollie.

"My daughter is going to put them in pay envelope she works at a local business, also a restaurant, and we thought we would get these around to local restaurants,” Kriegel said

They are raising awareness that the 20-year-old is missing as authorities continue their search.

On Sunday, sheriff's deputies and DCI agents met at the Brooklyn fire station to talk about the investigation.

At this point they don't have any new information to report-- but say it's an active case.

The last community search happened Friday when the public went all through town and on the outskirts to look for Mollie. 

Now the sheriff's office says it'll post on social media if they need the public's help for another search.

Until then, this community is doing what it can to help.

Many businesses in the downtown area have signs up to support the family. Volunteers say it's just what they do in this community.

"You know you have a lot of ups and downs in small towns and everyone knows each other's business but when it comes down to it we want to be there for each other,” Kriegel said. 

On Sunday volunteers worked out of Live Now Photo, which is a business in Brooklyn.

The owner there says she plans to start making yard signs and t-shirts will Mollie's information later this week.