Illegal immigrant charged in the death of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

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U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa today released the following statement regarding the announcement from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared on July 18, and the arrest of a suspect believed to be residing in the U.S. illegally. Rivera was employed and resided in Poweshiek County for four to seven years, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn said at a press conference in Montezuma on the afternoon of August 21.

"We commend the swift action by local, state, & federal investigators working in Iowa in apprehending an illegal immigrant, who's now charged with first-degree murder".

Tibbetts vanished on July 18 from her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, a town of about 1,400 in central Iowa.

Investigators say they used surveillance video in tracking down Rivera.

The company said it was shocked to hear that Rivera had been charged in the death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. And the motive also remained unclear.

The affidavit says he carried Tibbetts' body to a cornfield and covered her with corn stalks.

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Her father said that his family's meeting with Pence was "touching" and "genuine", and the vice president was "just another father that was just hurt and bewildered by Mollie's story", Fox reported.

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Rivera said after he took a U-turn at the intersection, he noticed there was an earpiece from headphones in his lap and that is allegedly when he realized he put her in the trunk.

A KCCI-TV live report said there was law enforcement activity underway in a location south of Guernsey, Iowa, and a medical examiner's van had driven to that spot, noted Heavy.com.

Rivera is being held in the Poweshiek County Jail, where he faces charges filed in the Poweshiek County District Court. Prior to her disappearance, her brother had dropped her at her boyfriend's home where she was dog-sitting.

That revelation came about an hour after the employee, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge for the killing of Tibbetts. The immigration laws are such a disgrace, we're getting them changed, but we have to get more Republicans. The affidavit says Rivera panicked and then said he blacked out. The $400,000 in reward money for information about her disappearance will now go towards anyone who can help find the people responsible for her death.

Last week, officials announced that they were narrowing their search to five locations in Brooklyn: a auto wash, two local farms, a truck stop, and her boyfriend's home.

"Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community".

Tibbetts grabbed her phone and said she was going to call the police.

Kobach said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly and Independent Greg Orman, his two opponents in the general election, would be soft on illegal immigration.

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