Tibbetts autopsy finds that she died by multiple sharp force injuries

Cheryl Sanders
August 25, 2018

Preliminary autopsy results revealed that Mollie Tibbetts died of "multiple sharp force injuries", the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office said.

The death of Mollie Tibbetts, a college student whose body was found hidden in a rural Iowa cornfield earlier this week, has been ruled a homicide.

However, "sharp force injuries" can be similar to that of stab wounds, according to the medical news site Medscape. "Further examination may result in additional findings", state authorities said.

Rivera said he found Tibbetts in the trunk of his vehicle, bleeding from her head, and put her body in a field.

For years, his employer said the young man from Mexico presented himself as a legal USA resident and reliable worker at a family dairy farm in small town Iowa.

In court records released Wednesday, Rivera's lawyer declared that "the Government knows Cristhian has legal status" and wrote that "Cristhian has complied with his documented status since arriving in the U.S.A.as a minor".

The evening segment presented a microcosm of how the tragic death of a 20-year-old woman has fanned the flames of the immigration debate and become a talking point for GOP politicians with hard line immigration stances, including President Trump. He was ordered jailed on a $5 million cash-only bond.

During a news conference Wednesday, Dane Lang said Rivera provided a state issued photo identification and a social security card when he applied for a job at Yarrabee Farms almost four years ago. Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa.

That doesn't surprise folks at the Westside CAN Center, who say the vast majority of immigrants simply want to provide for their families.

Around his 16th birthday, Rivera left Guayabillo to find work in the United States, his father said. Rivera said that while he "blocked out" memory of the incident, he did recall dumping her body. He has admitted to abducting Tibbetts, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Yarrabee Farms is a small family farming operation that dates back to 1860 and has been owned for six generations by the Lang family, which is prominent in the community, farming circles and Republican politics.

At the core of the right's political exploitation of Tibbetts' murder is their pet-narrative that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a disproportionate rate.

Friends of his told DailyMail.com he crossed the border around six years ago with a cousin, although Rivera's attorney Allan Richards has insisted his client is in the U.S. lawfully.

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