Missing Mollie Tibbetts

Missing Mollie Tibbetts

Mauren Lee, Detective

On July 18th, 2018, Mollie Tibbetts went missing. She was a 20-year-old, University of Iowa student. She was dog sitting at her boyfriends’ house, when she went on an evening jog. She disappeared on her jog, and her family reported her missing when she didn’t show up for work the next day. Throughout the weekslong search for Mollie, her family released several statements begging her to come home. On August 21st, 2018, information about her case was released. Authorities found a body near the location where she was kidnapped, before confirming the body as hers, police arrested Christhian Bahena Rivera, 24, on first-degree murder charges. Rivera told police that he saw Mollie running and he pursued her; Rivera stated that he blacked out and the next thing he knew he was in the driver seat of his car. He had stuffed Mollie in the trunk and panicked, eventually dropping her body in a corn field. Her autopsy reveals she died from multiple sharp force injuries.