Kirsters Baish| One family’s desperate search to find their beloved daughter has come to a tragic end this week, as authorities revealed that the body of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was found in a cornfield in her hometown. An illegal immigrant from Mexico has reportedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering the 20-year-old, then dumping her body in the field.
The suspect’s name is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, and the 24-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder. Tibbetts went missing on July 18, prompting a substantial search, in which both state and federal authorities were involved with.
The suspect took police to the field early on Tuesday morning, where the body that is believed to be Tibbetts was uncovered. The body was found roughly 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa, where the 20-year-old had been running the day she disappeared.
Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn stated, “I can’t speak about the motive. I can just tell you that it seemed that he followed her, seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day, for whatever reason he chose to abduct her.”
Rivera is being held on a $1 million cash bond.
The President addressed the arrest of the illegal alien during a speech in West Virginia yesterday evening.
Trump sadly stated, “You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in, very sadly, from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman. Should’ve never happened. Illegally in our country. We’ve had a huge impact, but the laws are so bad. The immigration laws are such a disgrace, we’re getting them changed, but we have to get more Republicans. We have to get ’em.”
Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds called Tibbett’s death, a tragedy “that could have been prevented.”
She explained that residents were heartbroken upon hearing the news. “We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can to bring justice to Mollie’s killer,” Reynolds said in a statement.
President Trump has been working hard to prevent illegal immigration into the United States particularly because of stories like this one.
Fox 13 News reports:
He often has claimed widespread crime by people living in the country illegally, citing among other things the indictments of 11 suspected MS-13 gang members from El Salvador charged in connection with the slayings of two Virginia teens. Trump also has held events at the White House with members of “angel families,” whose relatives were killed by immigrants.
Although Trump claims legal U.S. residents are less likely to commit crime, several studies from social scientists and the libertarian think tank Cato Institute find that isn’t accurate and states with a higher share of people living in the country illegally have lower violent crime rates.
ICE stated that a federal immigration detainer was set out for Rivera after he was arrested for the murder. Investigators explained that they believe the suspect had resided in the area where he murdered Tibbetts for four to seven years.
An affidavit explains that Rivera admitted to exiting his vehicle when he saw Tibbetts running. He then stated that he began running beside her. Rivera then claimed that when she threatened to call the police, he “blacked out.” He then recalls seeing her earphones in his lap and removing her lifeless bloody body from the trunk of his vehicle.
“The defendant further described during the interview that he dragged Tibbetts on foot from his vehicle to a secluded location in a cornfield,” the affidavit stated.
The body had been covered over with cornstalks, so in their initial search, police did not recover the body.
Tibbetts was a psychology major who would have been starting her junior year at University of Iowa this week.
University official Melissa Shivers stated, “We are deeply saddened that we’ve lost a member of the University of Iowa community.”
Next time a liberal complains about building a border wall, share this story with them. What if Mollie had been their sister, or daughter, or girlfriend, or wife, or friend? I doubt they would still be complaining about a wall. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tibbetts family.