Nearly three years after the body of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was found in a cornfield, the farm worker charged with her murder is set to stand trial today when opening statements begin.
Mollie, a University of Iowa student, went missing after an evening run in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, 2018, sparking an extensive search in the region that drew national attention. A month later, her body was found buried under corn stalks after a man confessed to hiding her body and led them to the scene.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 26-year-old Mexican man who officials said came to the US illegally and worked at an Iowa dairy farm, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Our thoughts are with Mollie’s family, friends, and community during this difficult time.
Source: Missing Pieces Network