A confident public speaker, Mollie also became an important member of her high school speech team and developed a close-knit circle of friends. And when the time came for Mollie to choose her future career, several of her buddies were unsurprised that the empathetic, problem-solving teen had opted to attend the University of Iowa to pursue psychology.
By July 2018 Mollie, then 20, had completed her freshman year at college and was spending the summer at home with her mother in Brooklyn, IA – a tight-knit community located some 70 miles from Des Moines. There, she was also enjoying some free time with her boyfriend of three years, Dalton Jack.
Ever ambitious, Mollie hoped to go on to study at graduate school and eventually practice as a psychologist. In the meantime, though, she was excited about a trip to the Dominican Republic with Dalton and his brother Blake. Apparently, Blake was getting married on the Caribbean island, and he had joked to Dalton that it would be the perfect spot for a proposal.