POWESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa — This weekend marked a somber anniversary in a case that shook a central Iowa community and gripped the nation.
Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts disappeared while out on a run in her hometown of Brooklyn on July 18th, 2018. It set off a months-long search for the University of Iowa student.
Thousands of volunteers and dozens of law enforcement agencies combed through nearby areas looking for her. Thirty-six days after she vanished, police say Cristhian Rivera led police to her body, which was concealed in a cornfield near her hometown of Brooklyn.
Rivera was later charged with her murder but has yet to stand before a jury for judgment in the case. His trial has been delayed numerous times as his defense raised questions over police proceedings during the investigation. It led a judge to throw out some parts of the alleged confession Rivera gave to police.
Now COVID-19 is delaying the trial even further. Earlier this month, the judge approved a move to Davenport in Scott County for the trial and set a date for January 25th, 2021.