Mollie Tibbetts was an Iowa student who went out for a jog one night and hadn’t been seen since. A man who took authorities to a hidden, discarded body has been arrested for her murder.


Tibbetts went out for an evening jog on July 18, and she tragically had not been seen since. Local authorities have been searching for her for the past month, and their search came to an end when Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, took police to a body. Although the body has yet to be confirmed to be Tibbetts’ as of this writing, an autopsy is slated for Wednesday.


Rick Rahn, a special agent at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, admitted that it is currently a mystery as to why Rivera allegedly murdered the 20-year-old student. “I can’t really speak to you about the motive,” Rahn said to CNN. “I can just tell you it seems that he followed her and seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day and for whatever reason he chose to abduct her.”

Footage from a home surveillance unit showing a car following Tibbetts helped lead police to Rivera, whom police suspect has been living in the area for four to seven years. According to reports, Tibbetts pulled out her cellphone and warned her stalker that she was going to call police, an act that enraged Rivera. According to the suspect’s account, he blacked out, later waking up at an intersection in a rural part of Poweshiek County. Realizing he killed her, he left her dead body in a cornfield, placing leaves on her in an effort to hide her.

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Rahn confirmed that Rivera did not resist or struggle when police approached him. Currently, files were charged against Rivera at the Poweshiek County district court, and his bail is at $1 million. If he’s convicted, Rivera faces life in prision without parole. Iowa does not have capital punishment.

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