MONTEZUMA, Iowa - Court documents detail what a man charged with
murder told investigators about the abduction and killing of
An affidavit filed Tuesday says the 20-year-old Tibbetts was
running on July 18 in a rural area near Brooklyn, in central
Iowa, when a car driven by Christian Bahena Rivera approached
During questioning Monday, Rivera acknowledged making contact
with Tibbetts, first by pursuing her in his car and then getting
out and running beside her.
Rivera told investigators he became angry when Tibbetts showed a
cell phone and threatened to call police. He says he panicked
and then “blocked” his memory. He says he does not recall what
happened but found an earpiece from headphones in his lap and
realized he’d put Tibbetts’ in his trunk.
He opened the trunk and noticed blood on the side of her head.
The affidavit says he carried Tibbetts’ body to a cornfield and
covered her with corn stalks. When he was questioned by
authorities, he led investigators to the site.
Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder.