The arrest warrant for the man taken into custody for the Iowa college students’ death reveals how she was stalked and killed on July 18, 2018.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man who confessed to police that he killed Tibbetts and led them to her body, told them that he followed her while she was running before he killed her in the chilling arrest warrant.
In the Murder in the First Degree Arrest Warrant filed in Poweshiek County, Iowa, the gruesome details of her last night alive were revealed.
Rivera was described as a Hispanic male, 5’6” 130-pounds and born on June 11, 1994.
“Video footage was collected from an area on the east side of Brooklyn, Iowa the video was from the evening of July 18, 2018,” the arrest warrant stated.
“After review of the video it was determined that Mollie Tibbetts was running near the area of Boundary and Middle street when a dark colored Chevy Malibu was in the same vicinity. The dark colored Chevy Malibu can be seen numerous times driving back-and-forth in the area. It was determined through other investigation that the dark colored Chevy Malibu was connected to Cristhian Rivera. Rivera was in question by law-enforcement about the disappearance of Tibbetts on 8/20/2018.”
According to the arrest warrant, Rivera described seeing Tibbetts.
“Rivera stated she grabbed her phone and said “I’m gonna call the police.” Rivera said he then panicked and got mad and that he then “blocked” his “memory” which is what he does when he gets very upset and doesn’t remember anything after that until he came to at an intersection.”
The arrest warrant described how he then disposed of her body.
“Rivera stated he then made a U-turn, drove back to an entrance to a field and then drove into a driveway to a cornfield. He noticed there was an ear piece from headphones in his lap and that is how he realized he put her in the trunk. He went to get her out of the trunk and he noticed blood on the side of her head. The defendant Rivera described the female clothing, that she was wearing including an earphone or headphone set.”
The arrest warrant detailed that Tibbetts was killed between 7:45pm and 8:28pm on July 18, 2018.
Rivera told police how he hid Tibbetts’ body in the arrest warrant.
“The defendant further described during the interview that he dragged Tibbetts on foot from his vehicle to a secluded location in a cornfield. Rivera described he put her over his shoulder and took her about 20 meters into the cornfield and he left her covered in some corn leaves and that he left her there, face up.”
According to the documents, “Rivera later guided law enforcement to her location from memory. Law enforcement located the remains of a deceased female in the area Rivera took them to. The physical surroundings of her location and other factors at the scene matched his earlier physical description of the area as that where he placed her body.”
“Based on the interview with Rivera the clothing found at the scene where the body was located and tentative identification by the medical examiner based on information about certain articles of her closing the deceased female is Mollie Tibbetts.”
Rivera remains in jail on $1,000,000 bond.
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