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A 20-year-old woman named Mollie Tibbetts went for an evening jog two weeks ago in a rural town in Iowa, and has not been seen or heard from since. When Tibbetts left the home where she was dog-sitting, she had only her cell phone and her Fitbit fitness tracker with her. According to reports, efforts to reach Tibbetts’ phone indicate it is either dead or has been turned off. The last known contact anyone had with Tibbetts was a Snapchat her boyfriend received from her that night.