A local man from the area where 20-year-old student Mollie Tibbetts went missing three weeks ago has said he is likely to be the last person to see her before she vanished.
In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Devin Riley said he contacted the Powoshiek County Sheriff’s Office in Central Iowa after Mollie was reported missing, saying that he was the “last person to see her.”
“I wish I did know more, but I dread that maybe I was the last person to see her,” Riley explained. “I remembered seeing her that night. I just felt very weird. Who knows when she was taken in that timeline, but I don’t know what happened.”
The man stated he saw the college student jog past his house around 9 p.m. on the night of her disappearance, and his description of what she was wearing exactly matched that of the official report.
“I’ve seen her probably three to four times per week. She’d kind of jog down the street and towards the hill,” he continued. “I thought nothing of it until I heard somebody was missing, and it really hit me that I hadn’t seen that runner since then.”
“I remember her,” he added. “She was wearing like a neon pink sports bra with black khaki yoga pants and an armband with her music device, or phone … hair in a ponytail, just jogging like normal, any other day.”
Though admitting he was initially apprehensive about coming forward with his information, after seeing Mollie’s family plead for any potential leads, he decided it was for the best. After giving a statement, the cops were quick to show up at his house.
Riley said that investigators requested a search or “walkthrough” his property.
“It was pretty terrifying at the beginning because I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “I panicked and I put my girls in the bathroom, but they were really polite … just did the walkthrough and were out in like 10 to 15 minutes.”
Authorities are following up on hundreds of leads, but are keeping tight-lipped on any breakthroughs they might have had in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation. The family are offering some $313,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to Mollie’s return.
Mollie’s father, Rob, believes that his daughter is with someone she knows.
“I do really believe that what happened to Mollie wasn’t that someone set out to harm her,” Rob Tibbetts said Monday. “I think because they haven’t found Mollie, that Mollie is still some place, and we can get her home.”
“It’s gut-wrenching to know that I could have my daughter out here, and I could go inside for a minute and she could be gone,” added Riley. “You assume when you move to a small town that pretty much everyone is close close-knit, everyone knows everyone … you just do not expect it to happen in a town like this.”
Yesterday, Blake Jack, the brother of Mollie Tibbetts’ boyfriend, told Fox News that there was no sign of struggle at the home Mollie was staying in. Tibbetts was dog-sitting for her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, while he was working out of town.
“She’s small, but she would have done something,” Blake explained, noting that he finds it hard to fathom that locals would not have see or heard anything had Mollie been abducted while running.
“If something happened while on a run, people—like you see right now—our neighbors are outside and would have heard something.” he added.
Faithwire has reached out to Riley for further comment on his reported sighting.
(H/T: Good Morning America)