Yesterday, Cristhian Bathena Rivera, age 24, led authorities straight to Mollie Tibbetts’ body in an eastern Iowa cornfield. Rivera, an illegal alien from Mexico, has been charged with first-degree murder. 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 living in the area for four to seven years.
Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old student at the University of Iowa, went missing on July 18th while jogging near her home in Brooklyn, Iowa. Rivera allegedly accosted Mollie during her jog and she threatened to call the police. Authorities are working to formally identify the body.
Beautiful Mollie Tibbetts, an American, was allegedly slaughtered by this man who should never have been in Iowa. How much longer will Americans tolerate open borders?
SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE TRACKED DOWN RIVERA
Investigators said they used surveillance footage to track down Rivera. The video showed Mollie jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn, and also showed Rivera’s car. She was last seen around 7:30 p.m. on July 18 after she went for a jog around a neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is a town of 1,400 people surrounded by cornfields and, according to Mollie’s father Robert Tibbetts, is a small city where “you can’t do anything there without someone seeing it.”
Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation received more than 4,000 tips during the investigation, and had roughly 30 to 40 investigators working on the case. Investigators followed “hundreds” of those leads and interviewed several hundred people. Two items Tibbetts typically took with her, a Fitbit and cellphone, are still missing.
Last week, authorities said they were focusing their investigation on five areas in and near Tibbetts’ hometown. Those locations reportedly included her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, a car wash, a truck stop, a farm more than three miles from downtown Brooklyn, and another farm more than six miles away.
Dalton Jack, Tibbetts’ boyfriend of two years, said he believed the doors of the home where his girlfriend last stayed had been left unlocked. “It’s Brooklyn. You don’t lock your doors,” Dalton said. “We lock our doors now. Every night.”
OUTPOURING OF GRIEF
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called the news about Mollie “heart-wrenching,” and said that Iowans “are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community.”
“Mollie Tibbetts, our hearts are broken,” Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King tweeted Tuesday. “We all prayed for your safe return. May you now be with the Lord and your family one day find a peace. Justice must now be served. RIP Mollie.”
More than $385,000 was raised for a reward for Mollie’s safe return. Her photo was posted across most of Brooklyn, residents placed signs in their yards and wore T-shirts that displayed her image along with a phone number to alert authorities.
Earlier this month, her parents said they were touched by the support displayed by their community. “I think it struck a chord with people that, you know, ‘this could be happening to me right now, to my family,'” her mother, Laura Calderwood said.
“I think it’s because people see in Mollie their own daughters, their own girlfriend, their own sister,” Mollie’s father said.
Mollie Tibbetts would have started her junior year at the University of Iowa this week. The university is located in Iowa City, on the Iowa River.