Man in US illegally charged with the murder of Mollie Tibbetts
Police say the 24-year-old Cristhian B. Rivera known to hunt Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, led authorities to her body; Matt Finn reports from Montezuma, Iowa.
An illegal immigrant from Mexico accused of the murder of the 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts the course of the summer, reportedly went by another name during his time working on a dairy farm.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was known as John Budd while he was employed at Yarrabee Farms, according to The Associated Press.
Three individuals with information regarding the suspect’s employment confirmed the name that you used to hire and pay him during his time on the farm. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information during an ongoing criminal investigation.
Official documents of the government also showed the John Budd-alias, a source told the outlet.
MOLLIE TIBBETTS MURDER SUSPECT ID’D AS CRISTHIAN RIVERA, 24, LIVING IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who is accused of the murder of the 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts the course of the summer, reportedly went by another name during his time working on a dairy farm.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
News of the reported pseudonym comes weeks after Tibbetts’ body was found in an Iowa cornfield, and Rivera was charged in her murder. She was missing since July 18.
To middle of the Aug. 21 discovery, authorities said Rivera, who lived in the rural Poweshiek County area, was held on a federal immigration detainer. He is believed to have been in the field four to seven years.
Yarrabee Farms, which previously said Rivera was employed there for the past four years, would not confirm to The Associated Press whether or not he went by John Budd on the work.
On are available to rent at the farm in 2014, Rivera left an out-of-state photo I. D. and social security number, farm officials have said, adding that until his arrest, they thought the documents were.
FARM RENTED CRISTHIAN RIVERA, MOLLIE TIBBETTS’ ALLEGED KILLER, DID NOT USE E-VERIFY SYSTEM, OFFICIAL SAYS
“We have learnt that our employee was not who he said he is,” Yarrabee Farms co-owner and manager, Dane Long said on Aug. 22.
The farm followed the statutory requirements to examine the documents and determined “that there is a real on their face and related to the person that they are,” Lori Chesser, an immigration lawyer in advising the farm, told The Associated Press. “The interrogation of a name or any other attribute that it violated the anti-discrimination provisions of the law.”
In the course of his employment, the defendant also “was called and responded to the name he used in the hiring process,” Chesser said.
The farm did not use a federal E-Verify check on Rivera, Long previously said, clarifying an earlier comment that they had. The E-Verify system allows businesses to confirm the identity and eligibility of employees to work in the U.S.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Lucia I. Suarez Sang, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.