Police say 24-year-old Cristhian B. Rivera confessed to murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, led authorities to her body.
The body of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was found Tuesday in a field covered with corn stalks. Her father and two sources confirmed on Tuesday morning to Fox News that Mollie was found dead; investigators said later that day they were working to formally identify the body. It was later that it was confirmed to be the young student.
24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera has now been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts.
FOX NEWS reports: “An illegal immigrant from Mexico stands accused of killing college student Mollie Tibbetts and dumping her body in an Iowa cornfield — after he allegedly accosted her during a July 18 jog and she threatened to call police.”
Cristhian Bathena Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in Mollie Tibbetts’ death, officials have also confirmed.
Authorities said Rivera, who lived in the rural Poweshiek County area, is being held on a federal immigration detainer. He’s believed to have been in the area illegally for four to seven years.
Investigators used surveillance footage to track down Cristhian Bathena Rivera. The video shows Mollie Tibbetts jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn, and also shows Rivera’s car. She was last seen around 7:30 p.m. on July the 18th after she went for a jog around a neighborhood in Brooklyn.
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Image Credit: Rivera – (Iowa Department of Public Safety)
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