(Español) Christhian Bahena Rivera, 24, an undocumented immigrant living in Iowa, has been accused of the murder of local missing woman, Mollie Tibbetts. Mollie Tibbetts went missing about one month ago after she went out running. It was determined that Rivera was one of the last people to be seen with her prior to her disappearance which led police to look at him as a suspect. It was discovered that while Tibbetts was on her run, Rivera approached her and made unwanted advances, to which she told him to “leave [her] alone” and threatened to call the police; afterward, she took off running. It was at this point, Rivera gave chase and claims to have blacked out, not remembering the details of what happened next.
After his long interview with police, Rivera led them to the middle of field of corn stalks where they discovered the body of a female, believed to be Tibbetts. Rivera is charged with first-degree murder. Officials would not confirm any previous criminal history for Rivera or if he is subject to any form of removal order.
This new development in the missing person case of Mollie Tibbetts has already drawn attention of President Donald Trump and others, using it to stoke the already tense stand-off in Washington surrounding the immigration debate. At his rally in West Virginia, President Trump mentioned the case as he mentioned how it “should never have happened…we’ve had a huge impact but the laws are so bad, the immigration laws are such a disgrace.” Others have chimed in as well, including Iowa Governor, Jim Reynolds, and Florida Representative Joe Gruters, who simply tweeted “Time to build the wall.”
Expect this to start a new wave of conversations about the immigration laws in the country and how to reform them, as both sides struggle to find common ground.