Mollie Tibbetts murdered: Timeline of events
The body of the missing University of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was found bringing an end to the five week search. Murder suspect Cristhian Bathena Rivera was charged with first-degree murder. Here is a timeline of the events since her disappearance.
The arrest of a 24-year-old illegal immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts sparked both mournful — and fiery — responses from politicians on Tuesday, as they pleaded with Congress to do more to protect U.S. citizens.
Investigators identified Tibbetts' suspected killer as Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who is believed to have been living in the area around Brooklyn, Iowa, for four to seven years.
Vice President Mike Pence said he was "heartbroken" by the news of Tibbetts' brutal slaying and offered prayers for the young woman's family and close friends "in this time of unimaginable grief." Pence called for "justice" after police announced Rivera's arrest.
"We commend the swift action by local, state, & federal investigators working in Iowa in apprehending an illegal immigrant, who’s now charged with first-degree murder. Now, justice will be served. We will never forget Mollie Tibbetts," Pence continued in a tweet.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she expressed condolences to Tibbetts' family earlier Tuesday, declaring "justice had just begun" after the arrest of Rivera.
"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 bring justice to Mollie’s killer," Reynolds, a Republican, added in a tweet.
"My heart hurts for Mollie’s family. Prayers.