Mollie Tibbetts murder identified as Cristhian Rivera


Mollie Tibbetts murder suspect was identified as Cristhian Rivera (24), who lives illegally in the United States

An illegal immigrant from Mexico is accused of killing Mollie Tibbettt’s student and dumping her body in an Iowa cornfield after allegedly addressing her during a jog on July 18 and threatening to call the police.

Cristhian Bathena Rivera, 24, was charged with Tibbetts death on Tuesday for first-degree murder.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was indicted on Tuesday for murdering Mollie Tibbetts, a missing 20-year-old college student from Iowa, on a first-degree murder.

The authorities said that Rivera, who lived in rural Poweshiek County, is being held on a federal immigration detainee. He was probably in the area for four to seven years.

The body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was found on a field of corn stalks on Tuesday. Her father and two sources told Fox News Tuesday morning that Tibbetts was found dead; Investigators said later on the day they were working to formally identify the body.


Investigators said they were using surveillance shots to locate Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn and also showed Rivera’s car. She was last seen around 7.30pm. on July 18, after she went jogging in a neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Tibbett’s family pleaded for her safe return and remained hopeful that she would be found alive. Her father, Rob, told Fox News earlier that “someone knows something”.

According to her father, Brooklyn is a small town and “you can not do anything there without anyone seeing it”.

The Iowa Criminal Police Department received more than 4,000 tips during the investigation and had about 30 to 40 investigators working on the case.

The investigators followed “hundreds” of the evidence – they interviewed several hundred people and inspected a nearby pig farm, corn fields and other properties for evidence of the student. Two things that Tibbet usually took with her a Fitbit and a cell phone were gone.


Investigators said last week that they concentrated the search on five locations in and around Brooklyn, including a car wash just one block from the city’s main business district and a TA truck stop off Interstate 80, which runs all over Iowa.

Mollie Tibbetts was missing in July 2018 in her hometown in the eastern city of Iowa in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, a city with only 1,400 inhabitants, was shaken by Tibbetts disappearance. Blake Jack, the brother of Tibbetts friend, told Fox News on August 8 that there was no sign of a fight in the house in Brooklyn where she was staying at that time.

Dalton, Tibbetts friend of two, said he believed that the doors of the house where his girlfriend had stayed were left unlocked.

  • “It’s Brooklyn, you do not lock your doors,” Dalton said. “We’re closing our doors now. Each night.” 

Vice President Mike Pence said he was “heartbroken” over Tibbet’s death and called the student an “amazing young woman.” He tweeted that “justice is served” against the murder suspect.

“We will never forget Mollie Tibbetts,” added the Vice President.

Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds shared similar feelings, calling the news about Tibbetts “heartbreaking” and saying that Iowans “are furious that a broken immigration system allowed a robber like this to live in our community.”


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