A first-degree murder charge had been filed in connection with the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts, who was last seen jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, 2018.
And as news spread that law enforcement officials charged Rivera, who is living in the USA illegally, with Tibbetts' murder, many people have been speaking out, including President Donald Trump.
Authorities in Iowa have located human remains believed to be that of a missing Iowa college student, Mollie Tibbetts, according to Fox News and The Associated Press. Those locations reportedly included her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn, a vehicle wash, a truck stop, a farm more than three miles from downtown Brooklyn, and another farm more than six miles away.
Police say a man in the USA illegally is charged with murder in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts. Her family reported her missing the next day when she did not arrive at work.
For 34 days, federal, state and local authorities had scoured Poweshiek County for Tibbetts, and sifted through electronic data from her Fitbit, cellphone and social media accounts for any clue about what happened to the woman who was last seen alive while going for an evening run.
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After watching it for hours, investigators found clues that led them to Rivera.
"Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community".
Investigators have been following "hundreds" of leads, including interviewing dozens of people and even searching a nearby hog farm.
We continue to strive to bring her back home safely.
Authorities said the suspect followed Tibbetts on July 18 and then abducted her. Iowa police had up to 40 investigators working on the case with the reward for her safe return reaching up to $300,000.
According to the criminal complaint, shortly after Tibbetts went missing, video footage was collected from an area on the east side of Brooklyn, Iowa.
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Missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts is believed to have been found dead more than a month after she disappeared, United States media report.
"As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry", Gov. Kim Reynolds wrote on Twitter.
Trump said, "You saw what happened to that incredible, handsome young woman".
Trump ran for president on a platform of cracking down on illegal immigration to the U.S. He opened his campaign by condemning many Mexicans as criminals.
The man accused of pursuing and killing 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts had worked four years at an Iowa dairy farm based on false identification, his employer said Wednesday.
Tibbetts vanished July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa, a rural town of about 1,400 people.
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The document names Craig Lang, a former head of the Iowa Board of Regents who is co-owner of a dairy that employed Rivera.