Cops swarmed the home of Mollie Tibbetts’ suspected killer Cristhian Bahena Rivera hours after they announced the gruesome way in which they believe he murdered the Iowa college student, and now RadarOnline.com has exclusive photos of his rundown rural home. Rivera’s secluded home was surrounded with police activity after the news of Tibbetts’ body being found was revealed. Click through the gallery to see the house of horrors where Tibbetts’ suspected killer lived.
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Police were on the scene of Rivera’s rundown home on August 21, 2018 after they revealed that Tibbetts’ body was found and he was arrested for her murder.
The large white house was “far from any neighbors,” a source on the scene explained to Radar.
A woman was seen leaving Rivera’s home in the evening of August 21, 2018.
Rivera’s arrest warrant detailed how he followed Tibbetts when she was out for a jog on July 18, 2018. “Rivera admitted to making contact with a female running in Brooklyn and that he pursued her in his vehicle in an area east of Brooklyn. Defendant Rivera stated he parked the vehicle got out and was running behind her and alongside her,” the bone-chilling arrest report obtained by Radar revealed.
“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 stated about the actual murder of Tibbetts.
Rivera explained to the police what he did after killing Tibbetts. “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.”
Rivera told police he “dragged Tibbetts on foot from his vehicle to a secluded location in a cornfield,” according to the arrest warrant.
“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,” the arrest warrant claimed.
“Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community. It is a loss for all of us,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel said in a statement. “We appreciate the support for law enforcement community in their commitment to this investigation, and we thank the Brooklyn community for their support for the investigation.”
“We regularly had 30-40 investigators devoted to this investigation since Molly disappeared,” DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn said after Rivera was arrested. “Without that kind of support from our fellow law enforcement officers, we could not have made the progress we did. The Poweshiek County Sheriff and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were valued partners in leading the investigation, and many other agencies contributed resources throughout the past five weeks. We thank the Tibbetts family for their support to us, and we hope that they will continue to have the support of their community and the nation in the coming weeks and months.”
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