Mollie Tibbetts Found Dead, Court Date Set For Hearing

After the college student’s story was spread nationwide, a killer was named.

Mollie Tibbetts, 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was last seen on July 18. She was out for a run at approximately 7:30 in Brooklyn, Iowa. She was wearing dark running shorts, a pink sports top and running shoes. Her photo was shared all around the midwest in the hope of finding her again. The FBI began investigating July 24.

At that point, the support for Tibbett and her family grew strong on social media; complete strangers from all over America shared the post looking for M. Tibbetts and expressed deep concern for the Tibbetts family.

¨I can’t even imagine what their family is going through,¨ junior Lily Highley said. “Losing a family member is shocking and frightening.”

The reward for information that could direct investigators to M. Tibbetts rose to nearly $400,000. No further developments on the case arose until the end of August.

On August 21, Tibbetts´ body was found in a field covered with corn stalks. At that point, a suspect, Cristhian Rivera, was named and placed in custody. It had been claimed that Rivera was an illegal immigrant.

August 22, Rivera made his first court appearance. He was being held on a $5 million cash-only bond.

On August 23, an autopsy was performed on Tibbetts’ body. The autopsy established that she died from ¨sharp force injuries¨.

The fate of Rivera is still yet unknown. His next court hearing is scheduled for August 31.