Judge sets $5M bond for man accused in Mollie Tibbetts’ murder

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The suspect charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, 20, appeared in court on Wednesday.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On Wednesday, a judge set his bail at $5 million.

Officials announced the charge just hours after they discovered what they believed to be Tibbetts’ body in a farm field east of her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. 

Investigators said they used surveillance video to track down Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn as well as Rivera’s car. 

“I can’t speak about the motive. I can just tell you that it seemed that he followed her, seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day, for whatever reason he chose to abduct her,” DCI Special Agent Rick Rahn told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday.

He said when investigators interviewed Rivera — and later when he led police to her body — he was calm and didn’t show much emotion.

Rivera is due in court today to face murder charges. 

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