Suspect In Mollie Tibbetts Murder Makes Initial Court Appearance Wednesday

The man arrested for killing 20 year old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts made his initial appearance in court Wednesday.  Cristhian Behena Rivera was charged with first degree murder and given bond of $5 million dollars, cash only.  His next court date was set for Friday August 31st.

Statement from Mollie Tibbetts family:

Our hearts are broken.

On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.  We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever.

At this time, our family asks that we be allowed the time to process our devastating loss and share our grief in private.

Again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support that has been shared in Mollie’s name.  We remain forever grateful.