• Mollie Tibbetts death: Neighbour's security camera leads to police find

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    Police are giving credit to a neighbour who offered surveillance
    footage from their home security cameras for providing a major
    break in the disappearance case

    Police have credited had been unable to find Mollie Tibbetts
    after she disappeared in Iowa, despite thousands of tips and
    weeks of investigations. But a major break in the case occurred
    after the local community of Brooklyn, Iowa launched a campaign
    to find the missing 20-year-old girl.

    A resident of Brooklyn — where the University of Iowa student
    went missing while on a run nearly five weeks ago — provided
    authorities with hours of recordings from their home’s outdoor
    security camera. After combing through the surveillance footage,
    police made a wild discovery: Ms Tibbetts could be seen on video
    running through the area as a black Chevy Malibu circled her
    numerous times.

    By tracking the vehicle seen following Ms Tibbetts, police were
    able to locate a suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24.

    Mr Rivera led officials to a body believed to be that of Ms
    Tibbett this week, according to police documents. He said he had
    seen her jogging.

    He got out of his car and began running alongside Ms Tibbett,
    according to a police affidavit, before allegedly becoming angry
    with her.

    "At one point, he tells us that Mollie grabbed ahold of her
    phone and said, 'You need to leave me alone. I'm going to call
    the police.' And then, she took off running and he, in turn,
    chased her down,” Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge at the
    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said during a news

    The affidavit also said Mr Rivera panicked and "blacked out". He
    now faces first degree murder charges.

    Investigators said they had earlier searched the area for Ms
    Tibbetts but did not find her, noting the body was covered by
    corn stalks when recovered early Tuesday.

    "He did in fact lead us to where he had placed Mollie, so we
    were thankful for that because that allowed us to have some
    closure for the family,” Mr Rahn said on Wednesday. ”Its not
    like he was on anybody’s radar throughout the investigation".

    Mr Rahn said that Mr Rivera was cooperating with investigators
    and speaking with the help of a translator. He said an autopsy
    would be performed on the body Wednesday by the state medical
    examiner’s office, which would assist investigators in
    understanding whether Ms Tibbetts had been assaulted.

    An autopsy report, which will determine whether or not the body
    found in the cornfield is that of Ms Tibbett, was expected to
    take between four to six weeks.

    A conviction on first-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence
    of life in prison without parole in Iowa, which doesn’t have the
    death penalty.

    Ms Tibbetts’ disappearance set off a massive search involving
    dozens of officers from the FBI, as well as state and local
    agencies. They focused much of their efforts in and around
    Brooklyn, searching farm fields, ponds and homes. Investigators
    asked anyone who was around five locations, including a car
    wash, a truck stop and a farm south of town, to report if they
    saw anything suspicious on July 18.

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that it lodged
    a federal immigration detainer for Mr Rivera after he was
    arrested on the murder charge. That move means the agency has
    probable cause to believe he is subject to deportation.

    Yarrabee Farms, a family-owned company that operates dairy farms
    in the rolling hills outside Brooklyn, said that the 24-year-old
    had been an employee in good standing for four years and that it
    was shocked to learn he was arrested.

    The company is owned by the family of Craig Lang, a prominent
    Republican who previously served as president of the Iowa Farm

    Additional reporting by the Associated Press

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mollie- tibbetts-christian-rivera-brooklyn-iowa-dead-camera-video-body- found-cornfield-a8503151.html

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