Mollie Tibbetts Found Dead: Full Story of Where Missing Student Was Found


Authorities said on Tuesday that they have charged a man living in the US illegally with murder in the death of an Iowa college student who disappeared a month ago while jogging in a rural area.

Officials say the suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, is in the country illegally. Tibbetts has been missing since July 18, when she was last seen jogging through the streets of Brooklyn.

Investigators had been searching for clues and conducting hundreds of interviews in the search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets.

He said an autopsy, scheduled for Wednesday, will determine when Tibbetts died and how. Tibbetts is also seen jogging in one of the clips from the surveillance camera, Rahn said.

Based on the interview with Rivera, clothing found at the scene and tentative identification from the medical examiner, authorities say the body they found is Tibbetts. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette) A blue ribbon waves in the wind outside a store with a poster for Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

Tibbetts, 20, was reported missing after she was last seen on a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, authorities said in a Facebook post on the city's page.

His "good morning" text the next day received no answer, and Tibbetts didn't pick up her phone when someone at the day-care center where she worked called to ask why she didn't show up.

He told police he didn't recall killing Mollie, but he drove to the entrance to a cornfield and saw he had a pair of headphones on his lap and then realized he put her in the trunk of his auto.

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At a news conference, Rick Rahn, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said Rivera had been living in the area for four to seven years.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa. Rivera said he doesn't recall what happened next, but blacked out and came to near an intersection.

Tibbetts' disappearance sparked an enormous search that involved local, state and federal authorities and volunteers.

Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel previously said authorities had ruled out Ms Tibbetts' boyfriend, Dalton Jack, and his brother as possible suspects. Investigations determined the vehicle belonged to Rivera, and he was then questioned by law enforcement about the disappearance of Tibbetts on Tuesday.

Rahn told reporters he could not release information about how Tibbetts was killed.

More than a month ago, Mollie Tibbetts went for a jog and never returned.

A suspect in Mollie Tibbetts' death is under arrest and is "subject to [an] immigration detainer", according to police officials.

Last week, on August 15, Vice President Mike Pence said he met with the family of Tibbetts, according to the Des Moines Register. And Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said residents "are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community".