Mollie Tibbetts had been missing since July 18. An intense search by authorities, and her father and friends ensued to no avail. Her body was found on Tuesday in a field in Poweshiek County not far from where she disappeared.
Update: a 24 year old illegal alien named Cristhian Rivera was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts. He has reportedly been living in the United States for 4 to 7 years. He is also on an ICE detainer.
A gravel road at the intersection of 460th Street and Highway 21 near Brooklyn is closed off as law enforcement looks at a nearby farm property where Mollie Tibbetts’ body was earlier found. @DMRegister #MollieTibbetts pic.twitter.com/w0TgwLVR6h
— Bryon Houlgrave (@bryonhoulgrave) August 21, 2018
Mollie, 20, was a student at the University of Iowa where she was studying psychology. She lived in Brooklyn, Iowa in Poweshiek County, and had gone on her usual jog July 18th at around 7:30 p.m. She never returned.
She had been staying with her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, in his older brother Blake Jack’s home and was dog-sitting while the two Jack brothers were out of town.
After she headed out for some exercise, she was spotted in her workout clothes and her boyfriend told ABC News that he opened a Snapchat photo from her later that night, though it is unclear when it was sent.
Then Tibbetts disappeared. Her family reported her missing the next day after she failed to show up for work.
Both Dalton and Blake were cleared as possible suspects early on in the investigation.
Literally hundreds of people searched for her, but after a month long hunt, no one found her until today. Authorities plans to have a news conference late this afternoon. We will update this story at that time.
THE LATEST — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirms that a body was found in rural Poweshiek County. Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said the body is that of #MollieTibbetts https://t.co/FYZpHEUEbb pic.twitter.com/jYxZW28Sr9
— KCCI News (@KCCINews) August 21, 2018
BREAKING: investigators believe they found the body of #mollietibbetts this morning. The reward fund for her discovery will be used for info leading to suspects.
— Rheya Spigner KCCI (@Rheya_KCCI) August 21, 2018
— ?College_Homework_Help✨ (@Stat_help) August 21, 2018
A somber day in the town of Brooklyn after a body was found in rural Poweshiek County this morning. Everywhere you look, there’s a poster with Mollie’s face and information on it. Businesses have their doors closed and the streets are quiet. @KWWL #MollieTibbetts pic.twitter.com/lrAjCdErJK
— Lauren Moss TV (@LaurenMossTV) August 21, 2018