Iowa student Tibbetts' death suspect being held on immigration detainer

Posted at 2:02 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 18:53:52-04

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say they are holding a suspect in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, and he is being held on a federal immigration detainer.

An assistant director of the state Division of Criminal Investigations says Tuesday that authorities are holding a suspect.

Cristihian Bahena Rivera, 24 has been charged with Tibbetts' death.

Earlier Tuesday, investigators announced a body believed to be Tibbetts was found in rural Poweshiek County.

RELATED: Mollie Tibbetts: Body believed to be missing University of Iowa student

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old student at the University of Iowa, has been missing since July 18.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the body was found Tuesday morning in rural Poweshiek County, which includes Tibbetts' hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Tibbetts has been missing since July 18, when she was last seen jogging through the streets of Brooklyn.

Police held a news conference at 2 p.m. Watch the conference in the player below: