Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student was last seen on July while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, police announced that Tibbetts was found dead in a field. Cristhian Bahena Rivera was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
“These are hard,” DCI Special Agent Richard Rahn said at a press conference confirming her death. “We get to know the family, we get to know Mollie, we just spoke with the family and I told them that they raised a great daughter. She was a phenomenal individual and so we are saddened for the family. It is difficult on the investigators, however that is what we’re here to do and we just try to do it the best we can. We’re just glad we were able to locate him, get him charged and hopefully come out with a successful conclusion and that being a conviction.”
Now, a cause of death — which Rivera, whose immigration status is in question claims he doesn’t remember — has been released.
The latest information on Tibbetts death can be seen below.
Mollie Tibbetts Cause of Death: Multiple Sharp Force Injuries
Tibbetts died from “multiple sharp force injuries,” according to a preliminary autopsy released by the Iowa State Medical Examiner on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, over a month ago. On July 18, Tibbetts’ was dropped off at her boyfriend’s house by her brother so she could dog sit as her boyfriend was working. That night, around 7:30 p.m. local time, Tibbetts was spotted jogging is gym shorts, a black sports bra, and running shoes. Tibbetts’ disappearance sparked an enormous search that involved local, state and federal authorities and volunteers.