Several articles ago on my web page, I posted one entitled: Fitbit: Monitoring Your Life Security, reflecting on wearable security devices. About that same time a 20-something college student went missing and the fact that she was known to wear a Fitbit sparked interest enough for us to follow this case.
We even published an update to the fore mention post: “UPDATE: Search for missing Iowa college student continues”. It was at this time that the FBI was introduced as joining the search for Ms. Tibbetts. They stated, at that time, part of their reason for joining was that they hoped to establish a timeline of MT’s movement.
It was the fact that the FBI felt that there could be hard evidence of MT’s last known movement before she went missing from the data collected by her Fitbit.
Disclaimer: Before we go any further, information reported here is that from other news reporting services and to be taken as such. The product discussed here is not a paid endorsement or paid advertisement of any compensation. All the fore mention is only a coincident in the reporting on the smartwatch tie-in.
Timeline or not?
We put together an abbreviated timeline of the FBI’s known steps over a 2-week period to see if they shared anything shared from her Fitbit “cloud” data. Below is what we were about to pull out:
July 24: The FBI and SBI takes over the investigation; it was reported that the FBI wanted to review the data from MT’s Fitbit………but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
July 26: It is reported that more than a dozen agents from Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with FBI have conducted search of several Iowa properties………but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
Aug. 1: Local farmer confirms FBI searched his property and home a week prior. Authorities also held his cell phone overnight, checking it for clues tied to TM………but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
Aug. 3: FBI returns to local farmers home to question him in connection with MT’s disappearance. It’s reported that the questioning was about 5 – 10 minutes………..but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
Aug. 4: “So far, the FBI has searched local farmers home and parts of his property, along with checking his cellphone for connections………but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
Aug. 8: There are no signs of a struggle but MT’s Fitbit and cellphone are missing………but nothing being reported on Fitbit data.
From our above abbreviated time line, we ended every line with, ” but nothing being reported on Fitbit data”. The FBI did inform us that MT’s Fitbit and cellphone are missing.
Sherlock I’m Not
Once again, I am not following this to be an armature crime sleuth; my interest in this is what if anything MT’s Fitbit had to offer if anything to this case.
Maybe it what they are not saying that’s leading us to believe that maybe they do have some locating information although they are not spelling it out. The narrowing down of a concentrated area offers an indication that something pointed them in this direction.
We are still following, hoping to hear some positive update in the coming days, and “IF” the Fitbit might have offered some direction changing information on this case.