Family of Mollie Tibbetts releases statement: 'Our hearts are broken'

- The family of Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student who was missing for more than a month is speaking out for the first time since her body was found in a farm field in rural Iowa Tuesday.  

Tibbetts, 20, disappeared on July 18 while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. She was missing for more than a month before investigators located her body in a field 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn in Poweshiek County on Tuesday.

Authorities have charged Cristian Bahena Rivera with first-murder in connection to her death. 

Statement from family of Mollie Tibbetts

Her family issued the following statement on Wednesday: 

Our hearts are broken. On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl. We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever. 

At this time, our family asks that we be allowed the time to process our devastating loss and share our grief in private. 

Again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support that has been shared in Mollie’s name. We remain forever grateful. 

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