Authorities in Iowa have arrested a suspect in the slaying of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who went missing in late July, police announced at a press conference.
Christhian Rivera, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, authorities said.
Nearly five weeks after Tibbetts was reported missing, her remains were believed to have been found Tuesday morning, dumped in a field in Guernsey, Iowa. The identification of the remains has not been confirmed, however.
Guernsey is about 15 minutes by car from Brooklyn, Iowa, where Tibbetts was last seen alive.
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Tibbetts was last seen on the evening of July 18, while out for her evening run around Brooklyn.
Tibbets, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, was living in the small rural town with her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, in his older brother’s house.
Tibbetts, according to police, was caring for the brothers’ dogs, as both were out of town, working construction jobs.
An intense search for the psychology major ensued, involving hundreds of volunteers.
More than $400,000 in reward money was raised through efforts championed by Tibbetts’ parents, who did countless television interviews, speaking directly to their daughter’s captors, pleading desperately for her life.