MONTEZUMA (AP) — Investigators are offering no new details in their search for a University of Iowa student who vanished more than two weeks ago.
Kevin Winker, investigative operations director for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said Friday he knows the tight-lipped approach is frustrating for people who are eager to know what happened to 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.
But he says investigators will continue to withhold basic details about the case because they believe it gives them the best chance to solve it.
At a news conference, Winker said investigators are confident in their timeline of the night Tibbetts went missing from her small hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18.
But again he declined to say whether Tibbetts is believed to have returned home safely from a jog that evening.
Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018
DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say Iowa's first reported 2018 death associated with the West Nile virus has occurred.
The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that the victim was 81 or older and lived in central Iowa. Another infected man age 61 to 80 who lives in Palo Alto County has recovered from the illness.
The department says 12 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and two died.
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.
The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Company giving $1M to help staff, town recover from tornado
MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Marshalltown's largest employer has announced $1 million in aid to its employees and the community as they recover from the July 19 tornado that tore through the city.
JBS USA employs 2,300 people at its Marshalltown pork facility.
The tornado that hit Marshalltown was among a flurry of twisters that swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities
Martin Dooley is president and chief operating officer of JBS USA Pork, and says he's lived and worked in Marshalltown for several years, "so this devastating event resonates with me personally."
The Des Moines Register reports that the company donated $200,000 to Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc., a nonprofit that serves children and families in vulnerable situations, and $200,000 to the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund.