Vice President Mike Pence prayed with the family of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts at Des Moines International Airport after he delivered a speech in Iowa’s capital city Wednesday.
“There was no political agenda, just a heartfelt gesture on his part,” said the missing student’s father, Rob Tibbetts, according to Fox News.
Pence met with Rob Tibbetts and Mollie Tibbetts’s boyfriend Dalton Jack for nearly half an hour on Air Force Two, reported the Des Moines Register. The vice president’s chief of staff Nick Ayers also prayed for Mollie Tibbetts during the meeting, Rob Tibbetts said.
Pence had spoken about Mollie Tibbetts’s case with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, Rob Tibbetts said the vice president told him.
Pence shared his sympathy for the family of Mollie Tibbetts, who was last seen July 18, during a speech about tax cuts at a Des Moines convention center before the airport meeting Wednesday.
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“I just want Mollie’s family to know: You’re on the hearts of every American, and we will continue to work, and we will continue to pray for Mollie’s safe return,” Pence said at the beginning of the speech, according to the Des Moines Register.
Pence also said the Trump administration would give “any and all federal support” needed for the investigation, reported the Des Moines Register. (RELATED: Officials Ask For Info On Anyone Who Could Be Involved In Mollie Tibbetts Disappearance)
Mollie Tibbetts vanished after she went for a run near the small town of Brooklyn on July 18, reported Fox News. She was living at her boyfriend’s house at the time of the disappearance, but he was out of town the day she went missing. He is not being treated as a suspect.
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