BREAKING: Suspect Arrested in Murder of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts is an Illegal Alien

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 5:30 PM

Twenty-four year old Cristihian Bahena Rivera, an illegal alien living in Iowa, has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of college student Mollie Tibbetts. Local law enforcement authorities announced the charge Tuesday afternoon and said Rivera is being held on a federal immigration detainer.

According to investigators, Rivera watched Tibbetts while she was running. After circling around multiple times watching her, Rivera interfaced with Tibbetts and ran along side her. When she told him to leave her alone and pulled out her phone call the police, Rivera says she took off. He chased her, says he "blacked out," and then took her body to the location where she was found yesterday by law enforcement authorities. After an interview, Rivera led law enforcement to her body in a corn field. Rivera "kept to himself" in the community and was working in the area illegally. 

An autopsy will conducted on Tibbett's body in the coming days.