Cristhian Bahena Rivera (Police photo)

Undocumented Immigrant Charged with Murder in Killing of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts

An undocumented immigrant told police that he killed University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in a moment of panic after she attempted to call for help on her cell phone, court papers show.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, a Mexican national who has lived in Iowa for at least four years, is being held on a first-degree murder charge in the brazen attack, officials said Tuesday. Tibbetts vanished July 18 while out for an evening jog.

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency released a statement saying that it had “lodged a detainer” with the Poweshiek County sheriff’s office to hold Rivera.

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