Mollie Tibbetts is a 20 year old college student who was last seen on her normal jogging route in the tiny town of Brooklyn, Iowa. Mollie always wore her Fitbit, and investigators are hoping that it will be able to help locate her.
“About the same time every evening she’d go for a run during daylight hours—well before dusk or dark, and she was seen Wednesday evening on one of her normal routes, ” Mitch Mortvedt, the assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations said to ABC News.
Investigators have reached out to the FBI to help them analyze any data they can obtain from Mollie’s Fitbit.
“We are getting a lot of information back from that process. We are very hopeful with the electronic data we are getting back,” Mitch told the Des Moines Register.
“We are relying on the FBI heavily because it’s an ever-changing world in technology.”
“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,” Mitch said to CNN about analyzing the data.
“I don’t know of another case here in Iowa where we have used specifically Fitbit info.”
Additionally, they’re looking into any information they can get off her social media accounts and her cellphone. They have confirmed that Mollie sent a snapchat at 7 p.m. to her boyfriend on the evening she went missing.
“What we need is for people to tell their friends and neighbors that if they saw anything that seemed even remotely out of the ordinary to call the authorities, and they will run that down,” Rob Tibbetts, Mollie’s Dad, told “Good Morning America.”
“The authorities have told us again and again and again that all the similar cases like this are always solved by some tip.”
Main image via Poweshiek County Emergency Management Agency