Crime Stoppers holds off commenting on $385K Mollie Tibbetts reward fund

Jim Cunningham
August 23, 2018 - 6:50 am

© Jenny Fiebelkorn/Special to the Register

With the arrest of a man in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, some people are asking what will happen to a massive $385,000-plus reward that was offered for information in her disappearance.

Since authorities in Iowa developed several crucial leads and the suspect led them to her body, it's unclear if others may have offered tips or whether they will be rewarded. 

Organizations like KC Crime Stoppers have bylaws that determine how rewards are paid, said Det. Kevin Boehm, and Kansas City Police Department.

"When we take the tip information, we review it, we do some initial investigation, and then it's forwarded over to the specific investigative unit within the agency that's handling it," Boehm said. "If they determine that an arrest or charges are filed based on the information, then they contact us and let us know that that tip is eligible."

Crime Stoppers maximum reward in Kansas City, Missouri is $10,000. The chapter in Kansas City, Kansas recently raised its cap to $5,000.

Anything above official maximums come from private donations, which are done through contracts, Boehm said. If no reward is paid, the money is never taken. 

To claim a reward a tipster does not have to provide an overwhelming piece of information, Boehm said. Sometimes it can be as simple as a license plate or a person's name.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa representatives said they would wait until after the funeral of Mollie Tibbetts before they address issues surrounding the reward fund, The Des Moines Register reported.

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