The Latest: Iowa student killed by ‘sharp force injuries’

BROOKLYN, Iowa – The Latest news about the death of a 20-year-old Iowa student who disappeared during the run of the past month (all times are local):

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The preliminary results of the autopsy show that Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries.”

The state medical examiner has determined that Tibbetts’ death was a murder. No details released about the cause of the strong force injuries. The agency says further investigations may result in additional findings.

The Division of Criminal Investigation released the information Thursday, saying the autopsy also officially confirmed that the body found in rural Iowa this week was that of the 20-year-old Tibbetts.

A man has brought in Tibbetts’ to kill. Researchers say that Cristhian Bahena Rivera led the police to the body on Tuesday in a cornfield outside of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Researchers claim that Rivera kidnapped Tibbetts, while out for an evening run on July 18. Investigators say that he killed the young woman, and later disposed of the body in a rural area.


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For years, his employer said the young man from Mexico, presented himself as a legal US resident and reliable worker in a family dairy farm in a small town in Iowa.

But now Cristhian Bahena Rivera is accused of illegally living and working in the U.S. on fraudulent documents and a predator who kidnapped and murdered a beloved young woman.

Rivera appeared in court Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in the death of the 20-year-old student Mollie Tibbetts. He was sentenced in jail on a $5 million cash-only bond.

The turn of events blew the farm of the family that employed him the past four years. She even said after Tibbetts disappeared on 18 July, while out for an evening run in downtown Brooklyn, Iowa, Rivera continues to come to work.

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