Questions surround immigration status of Iowa murder suspect

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The police arrested Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old illegal alien, for the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn, Iowa.

As politicians publicly debated what Tibbetts' death said about the nation's immigration system, her family, who had been vocal during the search for the college student, mourned in private in Brooklyn, where missing signs with her face on them still dotted fields. The footage showed a Chevy Malibu connected to Rivera that was driving back and forth as Tibbetts was running in the area, Rahn said.

In an arrest affidavit, Rivera said he remembered getting mad at her; what happened afterward was "blocked" from his memory. He allegedly said he started running alongside her or behind her.

A criminal complaint alleges that Rivera confessed during a lengthy interrogation that began Monday to following Tibbetts in his vehicle, getting out on foot and chasing after her. Rivera told investigators that he panicked after Tibbetts threatened to call police on her cell phone, he blacked out and later came to when he was unloading her bloody body from the trunk of a auto, it says.

The body was found covered with corn stalks, located in a rural wooded area between Guersney and Deep River, Iowa, at the intersection of 460th Street and Highway 21, south of Interstate 20.

Rivera worked for the last four years at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts was last seen. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Rahn said authorities believe this was a "premeditated" attack.

Rahn said that investigators had talked to hundreds of people and received more than 4,000 tips, but the break in the case came within the last two weeks when they found someone with a security camera system while canvassing a neighborhood. "This is sadly a tragic event and we hope it wouldn't occur anytime in the near future".

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"At one point he tells us that Mollie grabbed ahold of her phone and said 'you need to leave me alone". We've had a huge impact, but the laws are so bad. He allegedly admitted to police that he crossed paths with her before her murder.

Rivera told authorities he was following Tibbetts in his auto before getting out and running alongside her, according to the affidavit. Yarrabee Farms is owned by the family of Craig Lang, a prominent Republican who previously served as president of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Family members, friends, and strangers gathered in Iowa City Wednesday night to remember Mollie Tibbetts, the young woman from Brooklyn, Iowa murdered while she was out for a jog. Investigators have not yet confirmed the identity of the remains, but they believe them to be that of Mollie Tibbetts.

"Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community".

During a court appearance overnight, a judge ordered Rivera to be jailed on a $5 million ($6.8m AUD) cash-only bond.

"All of us Yarabee Farms are shocked to hear that one of our employees was involved and charged in the case", the statement read in part.

Donald Trump and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds both made statements referencing illegal entry into the country. "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 bring justice to Mollie's killer", Reynolds said in a statement. The wall is being built.

"I can't speak about the motive". Rivera is charged with first-degree murder.

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