Woman passing out Mollie Tibbetts fliers at truck stops in north Iowa, southern Minnesota

Search for Mollie Tibbetts hits North Iowa and Southern Minnesota.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 9:08 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 7:01 AM

NORTHWOOD, Iowa- The message is clear. 

“I’m passing out fliers, Mollie has been missing.”
Barb Hovland of Mason City doesn’t know Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa Student who went missing from her Brooklyn home July 18th, but she is going truck stop to truck stop and trucker to trucker to pass out fliers.
“What I’m doing today is to try and get Mollie’s face in to Minnesota,” she said while talking to a trucker. 
“I’ve got a daughter about the same age and It doesn’t matter if it’s my daughter, your daughter, she is someone’s daughter and I just think that we can’t just sit idly by the wayside to try and find Mollie,” she said.
Hovland started her mission in Des Moines this week and is now making her way on I-35 and to truck stops on I-90. The response she is getting from drivers is more than she ever expected.
“I did come in contact with a truck driver who said he blasted her poster to over 6,500 truck drivers nationwide,” she said.
And she has even received potential leads on Tibbetts’ whereabouts.
“I just got a tip from a trucker," she said to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office over the phone. "He said he saw her picture on a website and is positive. I wanna make sure that you’ve got the information.”

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