Family friends, others react to Mollie Tibbetts’ death

News that 20–year–old Mollie Tibbetts’ body was found has reached those close to her family.

"We’re really heartbroken and so heartbroken for the family," said family friend Linda Safir.

Tuesday morning, Safir had to tell her now college–age daughter that her childhood friend Mollie was presumed dead.

Linda said she just found a picture of the girls when they were kids over the weekend.  She was hoping it was a sign that Mollie was okay.

"It’s every parent’s nightmare and just so sad," Safir said.  "It’s just so wrong, you know?  She had so much to give."

Anne Woods said she’s been in contact with Mollie’s mom, Laura, since her disappearance.  She said the last time they spoke, Laura was still optimistic.

"She was still really positive and, you know, really upbeat about it and just very fact based," Woods said.  "Like, ‘we are bringing her home."

She said she couldn’t believe the news.

"Having it sink in is just so unbelievable and so crazily surreal," she said.

Even President Trump weighed in on it at a rally Tuesday night.

"And you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman," Trump said.  "Should’ve never happened.  Illegally in our country."

The University of Iowa sent an email to students following the news.

It said, in part:

"We are deeply saddened that we’ve lost a member of the University of Iowa community. Our thoughts are with Mollie Tibbetts’ family, friends, and classmates."

Now, both Safir and Woods said they will support Mollie’s mom in any way they can.

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