Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Immigrant charged with murder in death of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

Immigrant charged with murder in death of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

Rahn said Tibbetts' digital footprint, which included data from a fitness tracker known as a Fitbit, played a role in solving the case.

A neighbor's security cameras showed Tibbetts running, as well as the Chevy Malibu in the same area, said Rick Rahn, special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Almost five weeks after Tibbets was reported missing, her remains were believed to have been found Tuesday morning, dumped in a corn field in Guernsey, Iowa, about 15 minutes by vehicle from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbets was last seen. She had been dog-sitting for her boyfriend, who was out of town, according to media reports.

After an undocumented immigrant was arrested Tuesday in the presumed death of Mollie Tibbetts, President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers blamed the tragedy on the nation's immigration laws. Her family reported her missing when she failed to attend work the following day.

Tibbetts's disappearance set off a huge search involving dozens of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as state and local agencies.

Investigators launched an extensive search for Tibbetts across the area, including in ponds, fields and from the air.

Last week, Vice-President Mike Pence met privately with the Tibbetts family during a visit to Iowa and told them that "you're on the hearts of every American".

On Tuesday, Rivera led authorities to a body hidden in a cornfield near Brooklyn, officials say. He said he came to, realized that he had killed her and put her body in the trunk of his auto, according to the documents.

Before her disappearance, Tibbetts was a psychology major at the University of Iowa. She was staying with her longtime boyfriend and working while home from school over the summer.

Tibbetts' body was found Tuesday and 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Beyond that, there's not much else to say other than it appears the frantic search for this University of Iowa student gone missing may now be over with the worst of all possible endings.

Even in a community where "everybody knows everybody", Rahn said Rivera kept to himself, and that investigators are looking more deeply into his background. "As we celebrate our first day, let's celebrate her life and be like her today", Murphy told the crowd, according to The Mercury News. On Tuesday morning, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera of rural Poweshiek County led investigators to a body covered in corn stalks in a cornfield southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa. It goes on to claim that she then threatened to call the police and he got mad and "blocked from his memory" what happened next which is what he says he does when he's upset. We've got five things to know about Christhian.

The young woman's mother, Laura Calderwood, reportedly said the kidnapper could keep the money if her daughter was released.

The identity has not been confirmed, but it is believed to be Mollie Tibbetts.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, when it is believed the full - and perhaps real - story of Ms. Tibbetts' last hours will be revealed.

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