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TWO YEARS AGO TODAY: The disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts

(KWWL) — Mollie Tibbetts was reported missing two years ago today.

The 20-year-old University of Iowa student was last seen alive while she was jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn during that same day.

Her body was eventually found in Powesheik County on Aug. 21, 2018.


Community members from across the nation put Tibbett's name face on posters, T-shirts, and buttons in an effort to find her.

Investigators launched an intensive search for Tibbetts across the area. The FBI and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations were also involved.

When her body was found on Aug. 21, 2018, an autopsy report eventually confirmed that the cause of death was due to "multiple sharp force injuries," officially being ruled as a homicide.

Police ruled Cristhian Bahena Rivera a suspect after watching surveillance footage of his car driving back and forth in the area where Tibbetts was jogging.

Rivera led investigators to her body, which was left in a cornfield. He was later charged for first-degree murder. Rivera pleaded not guilty on Sept. 18, 2018.

Recently, a judge allowed Rivera's trial to be postponed until Jan. 25, 2021 due to COVID-19.

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