BREAKING: Suspect in Case of Missing Iowa Woman Identified As Illegal Immigrant

A poster for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts hangs in the window of a local business, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Tibbetts was reported missing from her hometown in the eastern Iowa city of Brooklyn in July 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The nation has been transfixed with the case of missing Iowa woman Mollie Tibbetts, who went missing July 18 while out for a run in Brooklyn, IA.

Sadly, police announced Tuesday afternoon that they have found what they believe to be the body of Tibbetts in a nearby field.

Police have also detained a suspect in the case. Twenty-four-year-old Christian Rivera is believed to be in the country illegally.

A suspect in connection with Mollie Tibbetts’ murder is in custody and has been identified as a 24-year-old man in the U.S. illegally, investigators announced at a news conference Tuesday.

Christian Rivera was charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death, officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said that Rivera, of the rural Poweshiek County area, is being held on a federal immigration detainer. He’s believed to have been in the area for four to seven years.

 The body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was found Tuesday, her father and two sources confirmed to Fox News. She was last seen around 7:30 p.m. on July 18 when she was running around a neighborhood in Brooklyn.
This story is continuing to develop.