A 24-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Missing Iowa University student, Mollie Tibbetts
Rivera, 24, from Mexico who’s been living illegally in Iowa for the past 77 years admitted to chasing the 20-year-old college student down, ‘blacking out and attacking her’ then dumping her body in a corn field
He’d followed Mollie in his car and tried to have a conversation with her on July 18, only to alight and attack her after she rebuffed him and threatened to call police
Cops tracked him down after reviewing a neighbor’s home surveillance footage
Rivera led police to Mollie’s body which he’d hidden in a corn field after investigators who’d received the video two weeks ago, confronted him Monday
He claims he ‘blacked out’ and attacked the victim when she told him she would call the police, although it is not clear how Mollie died, since the results of the autopsy have not yet been released
Rivera has been living in the US illegally for the last four to seven years
He told police he had seen Mollie before, the mother of his young daughter is friends with Mollie on Facebook, police said
He faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted
social media photographs include photos of weapons proudly displayed on a bed.
Mr Rivera allegedly saw Ms Tibbetts running and followed her before he says he “blacked out”.
Rahn said Mr Rivera was “very compliant” and willing to talk, and said that he led police to her body.
An arrest warrant says Cristian Rivera is charged with murder in the first degree. He would receive a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
Authorities were led to the body in the early hours of 21 August, in a cornfield in Poweshiek County – which includes Ms Tibbetts’s hometown, Brooklyn.
The body had corn stalks placed on top of it, Mr Rahn told reporters.
A surveillance video of Ms Tibbetts jogging, and of Mr Rivera’s car, helped authorities track the suspect down, he said.
Tibbetts, a psychology major, would have started her junior year this week in Iowa City, about 50 miles east of Brooklyn. She was staying with her longtime boyfriend Jack Dalton and working while home from school over the summer.
Police received more than 4,000 tips during their 34-day investigation.