'It's Stupid': Pig Farmer Questioned About Mollie Tibbetts, Refuses Polygraph Test

Wayne Cheney/YouTube video [screenshot]; Mollie Tibbetts [Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation]

By: Mike McPadden

DEEP RIVER, IA — FBI agents investigating the disappearance of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts have repeatedly questioned a pig farmer in the area who has previously pleaded guilty to felony stalking.

The farmer has since announced that he will refuse to take a polygraph test, calling the procedure “stupid.”

Mollie Tibbetts, 20, vanished on July 18 after going out for a regular evening jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Wayne Cheney, a pig farmer in Poweshiek County, was brought to a local fire station on July 31 for two hours of questioning about any information regarding Tibbetts.

Cheney has been reportedly been questioned again since then, and agents have searched his 70-acre farm, A private residence in Deep River, Iowa. He claims to have never met Tibbetts, and he has repeatedly told the press:

“I have nothing to hide.”

On August 6, Cheney told a reporter that an FBI agent had just stopped by and indicated the agency would likely ask him to submit to a polygraph exam. Cheney said that he would refuse any such process, adding:

“I don’t need to. It’s stupid.”

Court records indicate that Cheney has previously been arrested several times for various misdemeanors, including stalking and harassment.

In January 2014, Cheney was charged with felony stalking after his ex-girlfriend showed police that he had called her repeatedly in violation of a no-contact order. He pleaded guilty and got probation.

The FBI is reiterating that no suspects have been named and they are not sharing details of the investigation at this time. A press conference is planned for later this week to announce updates.

Mollie Tibbetts’ family, in the meantime, is holding out hope that she is still alive. Her father, Rob Tibbetts, said on Monday:

“It’s totally speculation on my part, but I think that Mollie is with someone that she knows, that is in over their head, that there was some kind of a misunderstanding about the nature of their relationship … If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they’re in over their head and they’ve made a horrible mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further.”

A reward in excess of $260,000 has been raised for information that could lead to Tibbett’s safe return.

Authorities are asking anyone who knows anything to contact the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 623-5679 or submit information online to tips@poweshiekcosheriff.com

Mollie Tibbetts Missing Poster [Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation]

Mollie Tibbetts Missing Poster [Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation]

If you are in search of a missing person, make sure to enter their information into the database of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

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