Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was stabbed in the skull and chest and hidden in cornfield, states report
An article has revealed that 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts died from multiple stab wounds in the skull and chest
The mother of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20-year-old student whose strange disappearance drew national attention in recent months, has now said that her death was a "horror".
According to a Washington Post article published on Friday, Laura Calderwood said her daughter died from "multiple stab wounds". "In the chest," Laura said. "And I also know there was one in the skull."
"Mollie’s death was horrific," the devastated mother added.
Laura explained how her life had turned upside down after Mollie disappeared without a trace on July 18. The sophomore, who was studying psychology at the University of Iowa, was out for her usual evening jog in the small town of Brooklyn when she went missing, People reports.
A little more than a month later, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man accused of Mollie's murder, led authorities to her body, which was hidden in a cornfield in the area. Cristhian allegedly confessed to his crime and admitted he chased Mollie and attacked her after she threatened to call the police, according to an arrest affidavit in the case.
BREAKING: Authorities believe they have found the body of missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. pic.twitter.com/N6C2XeJ8wo— WTVYNews4 (@WTVYNews4) August 21, 2018
The affidavit states that Cristhian said he has "blocked" the actual murder from his memory but admitted he found her body in his vehicle. In late August, preliminary autopsy findings indicated that Mollie had died from "multiple sharp force injuries". However, it is yet to be understood which weapon or object was used in the killing as well as the extent of Mollie's wounds.
While Cristhian has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder as he remains in custody, his attorneys are yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.
Speaking to People back in August, Allan Richards, the lawyer previously representing Cristhian said: "He was just a part of the community. An all-American boy working really hard."
Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder in Mollie Tibbetts' death. Here he is brought into the Poweshiek County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Montezuma. #MollieTibbetts pic.twitter.com/vT9fui9Dgp— Brian Powers (@bpowersphoto) August 22, 2018
"Whether or not there was something that happened that was very outrageous, that is a different matter," Richards said at the time. "I have seen no evidence on that at no point and he is presumed innocent until we see it." Nonetheless, if Cristhian is convicted, he faces life in prison.
"Mollie’s my hero," her father said at her funeral. Mollie was fondly remembered for her "infectious joy and smile".