weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Body found in rural Iowa is not Mollie Tibbetts, police confirm

WEST POINT, Iowa — Authorities say the body of a young woman found in southeast Iowa is not that of a missing University of Iowa student.

The body was found early Sunday morning in rural Lee County, about 5 miles southwest of West Point.

Special Agent Rick Rahn of the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division told The Des Moines Register that officials have confirmed the body is not that of Mollie Tibbetts, who’s been missing since July 18. Rahn says investigators have identified the body and are contacting the next of kin. Her name and the circumstances surrounding her death haven’t been released yet.

Lee County is about an hour away from Brooklyn, Iowa, where the 20-year-old Tibbetts was last seen. The reward for her safe return has risen to $260,000.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Lucky few receive rare, ‘precious’ COVID-19 vaccine doses

With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day.

Yosemite National Park remains closed after severe wind damage

Yosemite National Park will remain closed through the weekend after high winds that battered much of California knocked down two giant sequoias and caused millions of dollars in damage.

$731.1M Powerball win boosts struggling Maryland town

The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million, was sold in a coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove.

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

The founder and CEO of MyPillow, who amplified President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud, said a backlash against his company has begun after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month.

COVID-19 deaths in US surpass 400K

The 400,000-death toll is nearly equal to the number of American lives lost annually to strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined.