Dad of missing Iowa jogger ‘reluctantly’ returns home to California as investigation continues

first_imgPoweshiek County Sheriff’s Office(NEW YORK) — The father of missing Iowa jogger Mollie Tibbetts has “reluctantly” returned to his home in California as the investigation into his daughter’s mysterious disappearance continues.“Very reluctantly, I’m being told I sort of need to do this,” Rob Tibbetts told ABC affiliate KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. “We’ve called this sort of a halftime, a break.”Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa, vanished the evening of July 18 while jogging in the rural farming town of Brooklyn, a close-knit community of about 1,500 residents.The disappearance was completely out of character for her, said Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of field operations for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, at a news conference last week. The state agency has formed a task force with the FBI and the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.Authorities encouraged the missing jogger’s family to return to their day-to-day lives, Rob Tibbetts told KCRG-TV, adding that he still feels confident his daughter will be found.“I still feel that way, we all feel that way, that’s why it’s difficult,” Rob Tibbetts said. “I want to be there when she arrives.”Though he returned to California this weekend, Rob Tibbetts told KCRG-TV he’ll return to Iowa as soon as there are any developments in the case.He also said he wants to spread the word about his missing daughter across the country, KCRG-TV reported.Laura Calderwood, Mollie Tibbetts’ mother, told ABC News last month there are “no words to describe how you feel when you don’t know where or how your child is,” calling it “excruciating.”The public can submit anonymous tips on the website findingmollie.iowa.gov.“We are asking everyone to reflect back on the days prior to her disappearance in hopes of recalling details about any persons or vehicles in the area,” Mortvedt told reporters last week. “Individuals who commit violent crimes often display behavior that is recognized by those with whom they live, work, attend school or are in otherwise close relationships with.”Mortvedt warned that such behavior could include: Changing normal routines, changing sleep patterns, an unexplained lack of contact on July 18 or 19, unexplained injuries, getting rid of a car or unexpectedly cleaning a car.“It is often in cases like this that people may have information that they do not initially share for a number of completely understandable reasons, for example: They do not initially feel that it was important or assumed that somebody else may have already informed law enforcement,” he said. “We encourage you to provide whatever information you may have.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur

first_img Teenage international Bronte Law is the new English women’s amateur champion, winning the trophy today at St Enodoc in Cornwall with a display of brilliance and tenacity.First she surged into the lead with a superb two-under par 69 in the third round, which included five birdies in the last six holes. Then, she held on tight to her advantage, negotiating her way round the challenging course on a tough afternoon to secure a three-shot victory.Immediately after she sealed the win with a par on the last, her 10-year-old sister, Bella, ran on to the green to be first to congratulate her. “She’s always the first!” laughed Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire (Images © Leaderboard Photography)She finished the championship on seven-over par, three clear of runner-up Inci Mehmet of Wentworth. Defending champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) were three further shots back, one ahead of Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).  Just behind her was a group which included former champion Hayley Davis (Ferndown), who shot one-under 71 in the final round – and was the only other player to break par during the championship.Bronte, 19, has played in two Curtis Cup teams, is an England international and has won on the US women’s college circuit – but this victory is special.“I have been waiting for a long time to get my hands on an England trophy so for me this is huge.“I’ve been playing well since I came back from college, at the Curtis Cup and at the Europeans (ladies’ team championship), and I felt something was close.“This week I couldn’t have prepared any better and I have played really solid and it’s really nice to have all my family here. That’s rare!”Bronte is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she added: “It means all the hard work is worth it. Going to America to advance my game and being away from my family isn’t easy but you have to make these sacrifices to get better – and it’s really nice to get something back to keep pushing me on.”Bronte was right in the mix throughout the championship, on a tough course which thoroughly tested the players. Her third round set up her win, but she had to hold on tight during a testing afternoon, played under a hot sun and in a steadily increasing wind.The 16th was a great example of her staying power. She tangled with the punishing rough and was still short of the par five green after three shots, but she played a lovely pitch over a bunker to within 4ft of the hole and sank the putt for par.“There weren’t many birdies out there this afternoon but I didn’t really do anything wrong and I tried to play really steadily on the back nine because those holes were really tricky.”The final round was watched by a crowd of spectators, who found many vantage points on the course, not least the towering mound on the 6th, known as the Himalayas.They watched not only Bronte’s path to victory, but also the battle for second place. Inci Mehmet, Alex Peters, Bethan Popel and Sarah-Jane Boyd were all involved in the tussle, with the advantage swinging to and fro. But Inci’s steady play on the back nine, where she dropped just one shot, saw her into the runner-up place.Click here for full scores 17 Jul 2014 Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur last_img read more

U13 Selects hit by an Avalanche from Sandpoint

first_imgA trip to the finals was quickly put on hold as the Nelson Selects lost 2-0 to the host Avalanche in the U13 Girl’s Division at the Strikers Pend Oreille Cup Sunday in Sandpoint, Idaho.The loss in the semi final eliminated them Selects from further play in the nine-team tournament.“We felt that many of the girl’s played some of their best soccer they have played all season,” said the coaching staff of Pat Perkins and Mike Gerun.Nelson opened the tourney Saturday scoring a 1-0 victory over another Sandpoint squad. Hailee Gerun scored the only goal Nelson would need.The Selects kept the streak going with a 2-0 win over Missoula Strikers. Darian Voisard scored twice to lead Nelson to the victory.Sunday Nelson advanced to the top of the table, finishing with a 2-0-1 record, with a 1-1 draw against Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.Hailee Gerun scored the lone goal for Nelson. But that draw was enough to give the Selects top spot in the division and a date against the Avs.The coaching staff was pleased with the play of defenders Abby Bouchier-Willans, Tara Yowek, Jena Wheeldon and Naomi Perkins.The fourth-place result concludes the season for the U13 Selects.last_img read more