Mollie Tibbetts Case: Missing Iowa College Student Found Dead – 12 Things We Know About Alleged Killer (Photos)

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Almost five weeks have passed since Mollie Tibbetts was last seen near her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa, and now remains of the 20-year-old college student have been found. 

RIP, Mollie Tibbetts

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Source: Jenny Fiebelkon, Special to the Register

Iowa authorities say the big break in their investigation into Mollie Tibbetts’ disappearance came when they spotted her alleged killer’s black Chevy Malibu on surveillance video taken the day she disappeared.

Tibbetts, 20, was found dead Tuesday morning in a cornfield in Guernsey, Iowa, about 15 minutes by car from Brooklyn, Iowa, where she was last seen alive. Her body was covered with corn stalks.

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Source: Instagram

Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said investigators were working to formally identify the remains. Fox News, citing Tibbetts’ father, said the sophomore’s body had been found.

“It never crossed our mind that she wouldn’t come home safe,” Brooklyn city clerk Sheri Sharer said. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says residents are heartbroken and angered by the news.

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In a statement, Reynolds noted that “thousands of Iowans searched and prayed for Mollie’s safe return.” She blamed a “broken immigration system” and promised to “bring justice to Mollie’s killer.”

President Donald Trump called the nation’s immigration laws “a disgrace” that need to be overhauled.

What we know about the suspect – Christhian Rivera

Christhian Rivera, 24, who is from Mexico, was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday after leading police to a corn field where Mollie’s body was dumped.’mollie-tibbetts-killed-iowa-photo

Source:Poweshiek County

Dane Lang, co-owner of Yarrabee Farms along with Eric Lang, confirmed that Rivera had worked there for four years and was an employee ‘of good standing.’

The prominent Republican family which owns the farm where Mollie Tibbetts’ alleged killer worked have insisted that he passed background checks for migrant workers.

“This is a profoundly sad day for our community. All of us at Yarrabee Farms are shocked to hear that one of our employees was involved and is charged in this case,” Dane Lang, co-owner of the farm where Rivera worked said in a statement, ‘This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing.”

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Despite the Lang family using the system, police say Rivera had been in the US illegally for between four and seven years.

Investigators say Rivera followed Mollie in his dark Chevy Malibu as she went for a run around 7.30pm on July 18. He ‘blacked out’ and attacked her after she threatened to call the police unless he left her alone, officers said.

Rivera said he then panicked and he got mad and that he ‘blocked’ his memory which is what he does when he gets very upset and doesn’t remember anything after that until he came to at an intersection.

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Source: Instagram

Rivera was identified by surveillance footage obtained in the last couple of weeks from someone’s home. It showed him following the student in his car and Mollie running ahead of him.

Earlier Monday a member of the Lang family which runs Yarrabee Farms told DailyMail.com he was a personal friend of Mollie and her brothers and was ‘devastated’ by the news of her .

Workers associated with the farm told DailyMail.com that they barely knew Rivera but confirmed that he lived there with a girlfriend named Iris Monarrez and their baby.

Rivera told police he had seen her in the area before. She is friends on Facebook with the mother of his daughter but it is not clear if he and Mollie knew each other.

The motive behind the killing is still unclear according to the police.


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Mollie Tibbetts Case: Missing Iowa College Student Found Dead - 12 Things We Know About Alleged Killer (Photos)
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Almost five weeks have passed since Mollie Tibbetts was last seen near her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa, and now remains of the 20-year-old college student have been found. 
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