The body of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was found Tuesday, two sources told Fox News, bringing an end to an intensive search that lasted more than a month and captured national headlines.

A law enforcement source told Fox News the body was found in Iowa, but more specific details about the location were not released.

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was reported missing in mid-July after she failed to respond to messages from her boyfriend, Dalton Jack. She was last seen jogging around Brooklyn, Iowa around 7:30 p.m. on July 18.

Tibbetts’ family pleaded for her safe return and had remained hopeful Tibbetts would be found alive. Her father, Rob Tibbetts, returned home to the San Francisco area after spending weeks looking for his daughter.

“The bottom line is somebody knows something,” Rob Tibbetts previously told Fox News, adding Brooklyn is a small city and “you can’t do anything there without someone seeing it.”

Investigators said they followed “hundreds” of leads during the search.

“It’s totally speculation on my part, but I think Mollie is with someone that she knows, that is in over their head,” he told Fox News. “That there was some kind of misunderstanding about the nature of their relationship and at this point they don’t know how to get out from under this.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

source : FOX NEWS

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