It’s summer in southeast Iowa, and police are desperately searching for any sign of missing student Mollie Tibbetts. She hasn’t been seen for over a month, and a lengthy investigation has finally led law enforcement to this isolated cornfield just outside of town. But what officers discover there only deepens the mystery – and sparks a controversy that continues to this day.
Mollie was born in San Francisco, California, on May 8, 1998, as the second of three children – and the only daughter – born to Laura Calderwood and Rob Tibbetts. Mollie’s parents split up when she was a second-grader, however, and the young girl relocated with her mother and brothers, Jake and Scott, to Iowa.
But even though Mollie and her father no longer lived together, they remained close; the pair shared a particular passion for literature. And as she grew, Mollie additionally developed a love of the stage, progressing from bit parts to lead roles in school productions.