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    MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) A man from Mexico living in the U.S.
    illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie
    Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown,
    killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities
    said Tuesday.

    Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-
    degree murder in the death of Tibbetts, whose July 18
    disappearance set off a massive search involving state and
    federal authorities.

    Rivera led investigators early Tuesday to a body believed to be
    Tibbetts in a cornfield about 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast
    of Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen running,
    Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said.

    "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,"
    Rahn told reporters at a news conference outside the sheriff's
    office in Montezuma, where Rivera was being jailed.

    The news that the highly publicized and gruesome crime was
    allegedly committed by a person in the country illegally drew
    immediate outrage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said:
    "As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry."

    "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," she said in a

    The arrest is likely to spark calls for a further crackdown on
    illegal immigration, which President Donald Trump has made a
    core policy of his administration.

    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.

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

    Investigators said they believed Rivera had lived in the area
    from four to seven years. Rahn declined comment on his
    employment history, but described Rivera as someone who lived in
    a rural area and kept to himself. A search of Iowa court records
    revealed no prior criminal history, and it's unclear whether he
    had ever been subject to prior deportation proceedings.

    Investigators said they zeroed in on Rivera after obtaining
    footage from surveillance cameras in Brooklyn. The footage
    showed a Chevy Malibu connected to Rivera that was driving back
    and forth as Tibbetts was running in the area, Rahn said.

    An affidavit attached to the criminal complaint against Rivera
    alleged that he admitted to investigators he got out of his car
    and started running alongside Tibbetts.

    Tibbetts grabbed her phone and said she was going to call the
    police. The affidavit says Rivera panicked and then said he
    blacked out. Rivera next remembers seeing her earphones on his
    lap, and taking her bloody body out of the trunk of his car, it

    "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 said.

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

    Rahn said that 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 Tibbetts had been assaulted or tried to
    fight him off.

    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.

    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.

    Last week, Vice President Mike Pence met privately with the
    Tibbetts family during a visit to Iowa and told them that
    "you're on the hearts of every American."

    At Brooklyn City Hall, city clerk Sheri Sharer said Tuesday was
    a sad day for the town.

    "It never crossed our mind that she wouldn't come home safe,"
    she said.

    The University of Iowa mourned the loss of Tibbetts, a
    psychology major who would have started her junior year this

    "We are deeply saddened that we've lost a member of the
    University of Iowa community," said university official Melissa
    Shivers, who urged students to seek counseling and other support
    services as needed.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/officials-believe-body-iowa-student- mollie-tibbetts-found-132827935.html

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