The Last: Rivera tells researchers of kidnapping, murder

MONTEZUMA, Iowa – The Latest news about the discovery of a body believed to be that of the 20-year-old missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts (all times are local):

5:15 pm

Court documents detail that a man accused of murder told investigators about the kidnapping and murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

A declaration filed Tuesday, says the 20-year-old Tibbetts was conducted on 18 July, in a rural area in the vicinity of Brooklyn, in central Iowa, when a car driven by Cristhian Bahena Rivera approached her.

During the interrogation, Monday, Rivera acknowledged make contact with Tibbetts, first by pursuing her in his car and then gets out and walks beside her.

Rivera told investigators he became angry when Tibbetts showed a mobile phone and threatened to call the police. He says that he is in panic, and then click “blocked” to his memory. He says that he does not remember what happened, but to find an earpiece of the headset in his lap and realized that he would be Tibbetts’ in his suitcase.

He opened the trunk and saw blood on the side of her head.

The statement said he wore Tibbetts’ body in a cornfield and covered it with corn stalks. When he was questioned by the authorities, he led investigators to the site.

Rivera is charged with first-degree murder.


4:50 pm

A federal agency says a man who is accused of the murder of Iowa college student is a citizen of Mexico, who are in the country illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement Tuesday saying that it had “lodged a detainer” with the Poweshiek County sheriff’s office to keep the 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera after he was charged with first-degree murder.

During a press conference, Rick Rahn, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said Rivera had lived in the area for four to seven years.


This version of the Latest correction of the spelling of the name of the man brought to Cristhian.


4:20 pm

The police says a man in the country illegally has been charged with murder in death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts.

Payment of the 1st degree murder has been filed against the 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera. If convicted, the charges carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Investigators say they used surveillance video in the detection of Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn as well as Rivera’s car.

The police searched the surroundings, but noticed her body was found in a field, covered with corn stalks.


3:55 pm

The authorities say that they are a suspect in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, and he is being held on a federal immigration detainer.

Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the state Division of Criminal Investigations, said Tuesday that the authorities are holding a suspect and the release of more details during a 4 hour press conference.

Earlier Tuesday, researchers announced that a body believed to be Tibbetts was found in rural Poweshiek County.

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old student at the University of Iowa, has been missing since July 18.


9:45 pm

Police say a body believed to be that of the 20-year-old student Mollie Tibbetts is discovered in a rural area near where she went missing in the last month.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the body was found Tuesday morning in rural Poweshiek County, including Tibbetts’ hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

The agency called a 4 pm press conference to provide an update on the search for Tibbetts, say the researchers were trying to confirm the identity of the body.

Tibbetts has been missing since July 18, when they were last seen running through the streets of Brooklyn.


8:30 pm

The researchers believe they have found the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who has missed more than a month.

The 20-year-old woman was last seen on July 18, jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn in the middle of Iowa.

Greg Willey, the vice-president of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says a body found Tuesday is believed to be Tibbetts.

No information has been released about the spot where the body was found.

Willey, says a nearly $400,000 reward fund for its discovery is now a reward for information leading to the capture of the suspects.


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