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Mollie Tibbetts' slaying highlights safety concerns for women runners

25 August 2018

In an affidavit, police say Rivera told investigators he left Tibbetts' body in a cornfield.

After hundreds of tips and interviews, and after countless prayer vigils and donations to a reward fund, investigators got a tragic break in their case Tuesday.

Mollie's body was found in an area of rural Poweshiek County, about five miles away from Brooklyn.

A 20-year-old Iowa college student, Tibbetts was jogging when she was allegedly accosted by an illegal immigrant, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera.

"What we learned in the last 24 hours is that our employee was not who he said he was", Dane Lang, co-owner and manager of Yarrabee Farms said on Wednesday afternoon, according to WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family", Trump said Wednesday evening in a Twitter message.

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However, it is still publicly unknown when, exactly, Tibbetts was killed and how well she knew her suspected murderer, if at all.

Rivera accepted. He began his segment with MacCallum saying that Patrick was "stereotyping 11 million people in our country here without documentation".

In response to Trump's criticism of existing immigration laws, Craig Lang, a former farm bureau president whose dairy employed Rivera, said laws need to be changed to identify and track immigrant workers while also providing essential labor. He is being held in lieu of $5 million bond until his arraignment, which the judge scheduled for August 31.

His employer, Yarrabee Farms, initially said Rivera had passed the government's E-Verify system, which is created to flag unauthorized immigrants for employers.

"This one hit home really hard", said Gibboney, a Rancho Cucamonga resident who immigrated legally to the US from Hungary. And many have documents - as Rivera did - but the documents are fake or stolen.

"In today's tight economy, labor is scarce, and finding employees for open positions can be hard", the association said in a statement.

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Rivera said that "anyone could have done this", referring to murdering Tibbetts. The case has become a point of controversy, partly because Rivera is a Mexican national in the country illegally.

Rivera's defense attorney, Allan Richards, acknowledged Wednesday that his client received his paycheck under a different name and that he was uncertain of his immigration status.

Friends of his told he crossed the border around six years ago with a cousin, although Rivera's attorney Allan Richards has insisted his client is in the United States lawfully.

Donald Trump had already seized on Tibbetts' death, suggesting at a campaign rally in West Virginia that her murder was the result of lax immigration laws and suggesting that Americans needed to vote for Republicans to prevent it from happening again.

Revelations from authorities that Bahena Rivera was undocumented led to immediate responses from GOP politicians.

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Mollie Tibbetts' slaying highlights safety concerns for women runners