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In Mollie Tibbetts Case, a Surprise Move by Her Mother

Laura Calderwood takes in teen son of immigrants who knew alleged killer

(Newser) - A remarkable twist in the story involving the murder of 20-year-old Iowa college student Molly Tibbetts , delivered via Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post . Tibbetts was allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant named Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old who worked as a farm laborer in the rural community of Brooklyn,... More »

Mollie Tibbetts' Suspected Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Trial date set for Cristhian Bahena Rivera

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts will stand trial in April. Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder during his arraignment in Montezuma, Iowa. KCRG reports the 24-year-old waived his right to a speedy trial, and an April 16 trial date was set. He remains... More »

Mollie Would Have Found Reaction to Her Murder 'Racist': Dad

Rob Tibbetts writes a column for the 'Des Moines Register'

(Newser) - Ever since Mollie Tibbetts was found dead, her father Rob has been asking people to stop using her murder—of which an immigrant is accused—to push political agendas. This weekend in the Des Moines Register , he made that request again, because many have been ignoring it. "They have... More »

Rob Tibbetts: Here's How to Remember My Mollie

'Mollie's nobody's victim,' dad says in eulogy

(Newser) - The father of the 20-year-old Iowa woman whose body was found in a cornfield last week wants people to remember her by "celebrating something wonderful"—not by the way she died. Mollie Tibbetts' father, Rob Tibbetts, urged the hundreds of people at his daughter's funeral on Sunday... More »

Woman: Tibbetts' Alleged Killer Sent Me Online Messages

Cristhian Bahena Rivera had child with woman who attended same high school as Tibbetts

(Newser) - In a new profile of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the New York Times looks at how Mollie Tibbetts' accused killer "built a life in an Iowa farm town." It treads on some familiar ground—quoting people who describe him as a quiet but reliable farmhand at a local dairy... More »

Fox's Mollie Tibbetts Coverage Has a Surprising Critic

Network's own Geraldo Rivera criticizes immigration 'spin'

(Newser) - The Mollie Tibbetts murder continues to emerge as a flashpoint in the immigration debate, even if some members of the Iowa student's family aren't happy about it, reports NBC News . The reason? US immigration officials say 24-year-old suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera was in the country illegally, though his... More »

Autopsy: 'Sharp Force Injuries' Caused Mollie Tibbetts' Death

Accused killer due in court next week

(Newser) - The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month was killed by "multiple sharp force injuries," investigators announced Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results from the state medical examiner's office also determined that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was the victim of a homicide, the... More »

Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect 'Not Who He Said He Was'

Employer says Cristhian Rivera went by another name for 4 years

(Newser) - One of roughly 10 employees at Yarrabee Farms in rural Poweshiek County, Iowa, the 24-year-old lived in a mobile home on the property, always showed up for work, and got along with his co-workers as he took care of the cows over the course of four years. It was only... More »

Lawyer: Mollie Tibbetts' Murder Suspect Here Legally

Cristhian Rivera wasn't interviewed until Monday

(Newser) - Officials say they didn't know the name of the man suspected of murdering Mollie Tibbetts until just days ago. "His name hadn't surfaced. Hadn't come across the radar," Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt tells the Des Moines Register . He says... More »

How Mollie Tibbetts Was Allegedly Abducted

Suspect says he 'blocked out' period of time

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 24-year-old man accused of abducting and murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts , has admitted following her as she went for an evening run—but claims to have blocked out key details. Rivera, who led investigators to where he had concealed her body in a cornfield,... More »

Mollie Tibbetts' Suspected Killer Is Undocumented Immigrant

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - Mollie Tibbetts' father confirmed the reports that emerged Tuesday morning: His daughter has been found dead. Rob Tibbetts made the confirmation to Fox News in advance of a 4pm local time news conference, at which time authorities revealed a first-degree murder charge has been filed in the case. The Des ... More »

Reports: Body of Missing Mollie Tibbetts Is Found

News conference scheduled for later Tuesday

(Newser) - News reports suggest the worst fears have been realized in the case of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts . Fox News , the AP , and CBS News report that authorities believe they have found the body of the 20-year-old, who vanished on July 18 in the small town of Brooklyn,... More »

Month After Mollie Vanished, Dad 'Reluctantly' Leaves Iowa

Rob Tibbetts returns to California

(Newser) - After learning his daughter Mollie was missing, Rob Tibbetts flew from San Francisco to Iowa to look for her. He packed four days' worth of clothes, reports the Des Moines Register . The 20-year-old vanished on July 18, and on Saturday—the one-month mark—Rob Tibbetts told KCRG he was "... More »

Mollie Tibbetts' Father Has New Theory on What Happened

He thinks his daughter knows the person who took her on July 18

(Newser) - The family of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts hasn't really wavered on its position that they believe the 20-year-old is alive. On Tuesday, father Robert Tibbetts shared his theory on what may have happened with CBS News : He thinks Tibbetts may know whomever she's with. "I... More »

Reward Surges in Mollie Tibbetts Case

Offer now stands at $260K

(Newser) - The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has ballooned to $260,000, per the AP . Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe she's alive but has potentially been kidnapped. The reward jumped nearly $100,000 since... More »

Police Get Tip Mollie Tibbetts Was Spotted in Missouri

They indicate there is no surveillance footage that backs up the claim

(Newser) - Roughly one week after Mollie Tibbetts vanished in Iowa, police received a tip of a possible sighting of the 20-year-old in Missouri. KMBC reports the Kearney Police Department fielded a tip from someone who saw a woman who looked like Tibbetts at a truck stop near I-35 and Missouri 92... More »

Missing Student Was Likely Doing Homework on Night She Disappeared

Mollie Tibbetts' dad is pleading for tips from the public

(Newser) - Mollie Tibbetts is still missing, nearly two weeks after the 20-year-old University of Iowa student went on a late-night run and disappeared, and her father is pleading for the public's help finding her. "What we need is for people to tell their friends and neighbors that if they... More »

Cops' New Hope: Missing Iowa Jogger's Fitbit

Boyfriend says Mollie Tibbetts 'never takes it off'

(Newser) - With little else to go on , authorities are using Fitbit data in the effort to find a University of Iowa student who's now been missing for nine da ys. Mollie Tibbetts, 20, hasn't been seen since she went for a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, but... More »

A Week After She Disappeared After a Late Jog, Little to Go On

FBI has now joined the case of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

(Newser) - State and federal agents are investigating the disappearance of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who has been missing for nearly a week from her Iowa hometown. Volunteer searches for Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Iowa Division of... More »

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