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Cops Were Just 1 Block Away From Cracking Case Weeks Before Mollie Tibbetts Was Found

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Dec. 22 2018, Updated 1:45 p.m. ET

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Police were just one block away from cracking the case of Mollie Tibbetts nearly three weeks before finding her, according to documents obtained exclusively by

The 20-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Iowa vanished during a routine jog in her secluded hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18. Authorities found her body 30 days later in a cornfield.

As previously reported, authorities narrowed down the search radius to five key locations – one of them just one block from where Tibbetts was later discovered – according to the unsealed warrants obtained by

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Based on the cellular phone data, 200th Avenue was likely the road traveled by Tibbetts when moving from 385th Avenue to the vicinity of Highway 21 and 470th Street,” the warrant dated Aug. 1 reads.

Tibbetts’ body was discovered nearly three-weeks later, just one block from where her phone last pinged.

The warrant also indicates that Mollie’s suspected killer was traveling at over 55 MPH immediately after he abducted her.

“Tibbetts pace along her running route increased sharply, moving approximately 5.5 miles in six minutes, too fast for a human to run on foot,” the warrant continues. “It is believed by investigators – that Tibbetts was likely picked up in a motor vehicle, possibly against her will.”

“It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever why police didn’t comb through that entire radius,” a detective of the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victim’s Unit told “I followed the case through the media, and it appeared as though they had nothing – when they actually had everything.”

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Police have been very secretive on the details surrounding the case that riveted the nation, releasing nearly no new information since the date her alleged killer was charged for her murder.

“The murder weapon was never discovered,” a source close to the investigation revealed to

As readers know, the FBI raided the home of the man accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts  just hours after the shocking autopsy results that revealed Tibbetts died from ‘sharp force injuries.’

Cristhian Bahena Rivera was arrested for her death and remains in jail on $5,000,000.00 bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 2019.

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