FBI speaks to pig farmer for second time about missing Mollie Tibbetts

The FBI returned to the pig farm to again question the owner in connection with the mysterious disappearance of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, Fox News has learned.

An FBI agent was seen by Fox News arriving and speaking to Wayne Cheney for about five to 10 minutes Friday afternoon.

During an interview with Fox News after the agent left, Cheney declined to say what he was asked.

News of the FBI visit came as the reward for information leading the missing woman’s whereabouts climbed to $220,000.

Raw video: Search teams comb through ditches near a pig farm in the search for missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.

Cheney said of Tibbetts he had “no idea who she was” and said he suspects “some guy has her.”

Cheney also said that that law enforcement asked him Thursday to take a polygraph test and he refused.

He said the FBI agent told him he would return Sunday for more questioning.


Cheney is the pig farmer who told Fox News earlier that FBI investigators arrived at his home July 26 and asked to search his property without a warrant.

On 'America's Newsroom,' father and boyfriend discuss Mollie Tibbetts's disappearance.

The investigators were there for nearly two hours, taking photos of the interior of the home and also searching his garage.

Cheney said investigators then asked to interview him away from the property and kept his cell phone overnight to check his records.

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University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was reported missing July 18.

He has not been charged with a crime and said he “has nothing to hide.”

Cheney told local news station WHO-TV that he was quizzed by two investigators.

"I don’t know who those two were but they took me down to the fire station Tuesday and questioned me for two hours,” he said. "I don’t remember what they asked me.”

He added: “I just thought it was a waste of time, but, oh well."

The station reported that, according to court records, Cheney pleaded guilty in two stalking cases– one in Poweshiek County in 2009 and another in Marion County in 2014.

On Thursday, search teams scoured ditches near a pig farm that had been searched nearly a week ago after finding nearby a possible clue to her disappearance — a red shirt.


Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen on July 18 at around 7:30 p.m. when she went out on a run. She was last seen wearing dark-colored running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes, according to police.

Tibbetts’ boyfriend, Dalton Jack, said he received a Snapchat message from her at 10:00 p.m.

She had been staying at her boyfriend’s house in Brooklyn, Iowa, watching his dogs while he worked at a construction site almost 100 miles away.

The boyfriend is not a suspect, authorities have said.

Jack said in an exclusive interview Wednesday with Fox News Channel that he believes the doors of the home were left unlocked around the time of Tibbetts’ disappearance.

“It’s Brooklyn. You don’t lock your doors,” he said. “We lock our doors now. Every night.”

Laura Calderwood said during a news conference Thursday that she believes her daughter was alive but has potentially been kidnapped.

"If someone has abducted her, we are pleading with you to please release her," Calderwood said. "It is our greatest hope that if someone has her, that they would just release her and claim that money we have raised for her freedom."


Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin.