Mollie Tibbetts’ case has sparked concern from coast to coast, including here in the Quad Ccities.
It’s prompting a lot of people to think about safety for themselves and their relatives before leaving the door.
Tibbetts was last seen jogging around 7:30 p.m.
That’s a busy time at Vander Veer Botanical Park and some people tell Local 4 News Tibbetts’ story has struck a chord with them in more ways than one.
Victoria Edwards says she tries not to go for walks alone, but when her husband was in the military she developed some safety measures because she oftentimes had to go out unaccompanied.
“If I’m walking alone I’m walking my dog, so when I have to choose between what dog I want to take, sadly I will put my Yorkie back at home and bring my German Shepard with me because I know he’ll be able to protect me more than my Yorkie will,” Edwards says.
Naomi Boss is from Indiana and is visiting her daughter in Davenport.
She says she’s confident that her daughter takes safety precautions here but also says things have gotten worse over the years and you can never be too careful, no matter what time of day you’re heading out.
“I was raised in the ’60s and ’70s, we’d play outside, we’d go to a park like this and our parents wouldn’t think a thing of it,” Boss says.
Boss also says you can never truly be safe and says the best you can do is to have a plan in case something happens.