Vice President Mike Pence addressed the family of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. He had words of comfort to the family of the 20-year-old, who has been missing for nearly a month.
During a visit to Iowa on Wednesday, Pence shared his hope that Mollie will still be reunited with her family. He also told the family, "you’re on the hearts of every American," according to the Des Moines Register.
He added, "We will continue to work and we will continue to pray for Mollie’s safe return."
Pence also vowed the administration's support for the investigation. He said they would continue "any and all federal support" in the search for Mollie, who was last seen on July 18 in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn.
Investigators said Wednesday that they are focusing on five areas in and near Brooklyn. Those include the boyfriend's home in Brooklyn where she was staying on the night of her disappearance; a carwash; a truck stop; a farm 3 miles from downtown Brooklyn; and another farm 6 miles away.
Authorities have asked anyone who was in any of those areas when Tibbetts disappeared to leave tips on a website if they remember anything. Anyone with information about her disappearance should contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 623-5679 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community has banded together to look for her. There's a reward fund that's at more than $366,000, and a website was launched to help in the search.
The VP said that President Trump has also offered his support. Even the President of the United States is praying for this young woman.
Mollie's father, Rob Tibbetts, told the Des Moines Register that his sons and Mollie's boyfriend, Dalton Jack, met with Pence at the Iowa Air National Guard wing of the Des Moines International Airport following his speech.
Tibbetts said Pence showed genuine "father-to-father concern." He also shared that as part of a meeting on Air Force Two, Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said a prayer for Mollie.
"Pence, who bear-hugged Rob Tibbetts, told the family he had spoken with FBI Director Christopher Wray about the investigaion, adding that Trump passed along his best of wishes," reported the Register.
The meeting was in no way political, Rob Tibbetts said. Their shared concern for Mollie transcended any party politics.
“He agreed with that wholeheartedly,” Mollie’s father added.
Please continue to pray for Mollie's safe return. Read more about her disappearance to catch up on the case.