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July 31, 2018

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The latest on the disappearance of an Iowa college student (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Friends say a missing Iowa college student had been planning to travel to the Dominican Republic this week for a wedding.

Blake Jack says his brother Dalton and Dalton’s longtime girlfriend, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, were supposed to be there when he married his fiancee, Aimee Houghton. He says he joked with his brother that he should propose to Tibbetts during the trip.

Tibbetts was last seen jogging on the evening of July 18 in Brooklyn, a small Iowa town where the University of Iowa student had been living this summer with the brothers.

Blake Jack says the cancelled wedding plans are nothing compared to what the town is going through. He’s urging anyone with information that may be relevant to Tibbetts’ disappearance to report it to authorities.

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2:30 p.m.

Investigators say they still don’t know what happened to a 20-year-old Iowa college student who vanished nearly two weeks ago.

At a news conference Tuesday, a lead investigator said dozens of local, state and federal agents are working to determine what happened to Mollie Tibbetts.

Kevin Winker, director of investigative operations with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, says they are working every lead and tip that comes in. He says investigators have drawn no conclusions about what happened, but that her disappearing on her own is “not consistent with her past.”

Tibbetts was last seen jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn on the evening of July 18. Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn’t show up to work.

Family members have said she was dog-sitting at the home where her longtime boyfriend, his brother and the brother’s fiancee live.

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10:15 a.m.

Investigators are planning to give an update on the search for a missing 20-year-old Iowa college student who vanished nearly two weeks ago.

A news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office in Montezuma, a community between Des Moines and Iowa City.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has said that Mollie Tibbetts was last seen jogging in her nearby hometown of Brooklyn on the evening of July 18.

Her family reported her missing the next day after she didn’t show up to work. Since then, local, state and federal investigators have tried to determine what happened.

Thousands of volunteers have aided in the search for Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was home for the summer. Family members have said she was dog-sitting at a home where her longtime boyfriend, his brother and the brother’s fiancee live.

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