One year since disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts

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POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — July 18 marks one year since University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts disappeared, while out for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn.

After her disappearance, communities across the nation and world came together to help look for the 20-year-old.

Her picture was put on pins, posters, t-shirts, etc., and Mollie’s boyfriend’s aunt even started a Facebook group dedicated to finding Tibbetts.

On August 21, more than a month after she disappeared, investigators were led to her body, which was laying in a rural Poweshiek County cornfield.

The man who led investigators to Tibbetts’ body was 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is now charged with murder in her death.

An autopsy showed Tibbetts died from multiple sharp force injuries.

Investigators say, at one point, Tibbetts threatened to call police on Rivera, who was following her. She then took off running, and he allegedly chased her down.

Rivera has said he blacked out for a time, and doesn’t remember what happened.

His trial is set to start November 12 in Woodbury County. His trial was originally supposed to start in September, but was delayed last month.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas

Content Producer at KWWL
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