Missing 20-Year-Old College Student, Mollie Tibbetts, Found Dead in Iowa

Missing 20-Year-Old College Student, Mollie Tibbetts, Found Dead in Iowa

Missing 20-Year-Old College Student, Mollie Tibbetts, Found Dead in Iowa

A "review of the video" allowed police to determine Tibbetts was jogging when "a dark-colored Chevy Malibu" appeared in the area.

Investigators explained that they used surveillance video to zero in on Rivera.

Based on his age (24) and the time he has been in the country (4-7 years) Rivera might have been eligible for DACA assuming he met the other requirements, such as arriving before he was 16, not having a criminal record, etc.

A cause of death remains unclear.

Rahn said that while they have not confirmed the identity of the body, they are convinced it is Tibbetts.

Investigators said Rivera told them he had seen Mollie before, but they would not comment on whether Rivera has a previous criminal history; whether he faced previous deportation orders; or to what extent he may have known Mollie Tibbetts before allegedly abducting her.

Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, a nonprofit that is administering an anonymous tip line and reward fund in the case, said he learned of the discovery of the body from a close friend of the Tibbetts family on Tuesday morning.

Tibbetts 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.

She was reported missing by her family the next day, after she did not show up for work at a day camp for children.




Rivera is being held in the Poweshiek County Jail, where he faces charges filed in the Poweshiek County District Court. Those locations reportedly included her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn, a auto wash, a truck stop, a farm more than three miles from downtown Brooklyn, and another farm more than six miles away.

A poster for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts hangs in the window of a local business, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Police received thousands of leads following public appeals for her return however no one has been arrested over the disappearance. Now, we are called to come together once again to lift up a grieving family. I shared with them my hope that they can find comfort knowing that God does not leave us to suffer alone.

While authorities declined to discuss what may have motivated Rivera to approach Tibbetts, Rahn said he had seen her before but was drawn to her on that particular 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.

The discovery of her body wraps up a highly publicized investigation.

Investigators have been following "hundreds" of leads, including interviewing dozens of people and even searching a nearby hog farm.

Last week, officials announced that they were narrowing their search to five locations in Brooklyn: a vehicle wash, two local farms, a truck stop, and her boyfriend's home.

The affidavit says he carried Tibbetts' body to a cornfield and covered her with corn stalks.

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