8-21-18 Press Conference (Fox News You Tube Video)
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials say a first degree murder charge has been filed against Cristhian Bahena Rivera (24) who led them to remains believed to be the body of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts.
The body was discovered in a field in rural Poweshiek County, which includes Tibbetts’ hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. The suspect, Bahena Rivera, is in the country illegally. Investigators believe Rivera followed Tibbetts on July 18 and abducted her as she was out for a jog. Surveillance video showed a car that investigators traced back to Rivera.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Press Release
Charges Filed in Tibbetts Disappearance
POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — A first-degree murder charge was filed today in connection with the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts, who was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, 2018. A complaint and affidavit names Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, who resides in rural Poweshiek County, in the charge of Murder in the First Degree.
Dozens of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies were involved in the investigation after the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts, 20. A body was discovered in the early morning hours of August 21, in a farm field southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa. The identity has not been confirmed, but it is believed to be Mollie Tibbetts.
The Complaint and Affidavit, which is linked below, provides the details of the allegations against Mr. Rivera.
Charges were filed in the Poweshiek County, Iowa, District Court. The case will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Area Prosecution Division. First-degree murder carries a penalty of life without parole.
Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel
The Division of Criminal Investigation received more than 4,000 tips during the investigation.
DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn
UPDATED – 8-21-18
Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa believe investigators have recovered a body that is believed to be that of a 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts who disappeared from Brooklyn, Iowa one month ago.
- Current Crime Stoppers of Central Iowaa Reward Balance 8/14/18 – $385,718 from around 223 individual donors. Since 7-28-18 Crime Stoppers has passed on 1,140 tips to Law Enforcement.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will have an afternoon news conference to update the public on the case.
Story will be updated after press conference
(7-28-18) I t has been 10 days now that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbitts disappeared (July 18) at around 7:30pm Mollie was seen jogging, she was dog-sitting at her boyfriend’s house in Brooklyn (Iowa). The small town of 1,500 would often see her going on nightly runs typically through three routes through town.
She was last seen wearing:
- was wearing dark-colored running shorts
- a pink “sports top”
- running shoes of an unknown color
- 120 lbs
- long brown hair
- brown eyes
The search for Mollie has gained national attention.
CBS News You Tube Video
On Friday, July 20, many people joined a search of areas around that town but didn’t find anything.
Agents from the FBI and the Iowa DCI are helping with the investigation. The FBI is using Mollie’s online history, cell phone app usage and Fit Bit to try to pinpoint where she might be.
Sandi Tibbetts Murphy wrote on the wall of the Finding Mollie Tibbetts Facebook page:
“We remain in awe and indebted to the help, creativity, outreach and love that you have shown Mollie and all of us. Please keep sharing Mollie’s information so we can bring our girl safely home.”
The agencies said they have not ruled out the possibility Mollie was abducted.
You can help with family expenses on Go Fund Me page – Find Mollie