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Mollie Tibbetts' family releases first statement following her death

Laura Calderwood (center in blue shirt), the mother of Mollie Tibbetts, is comforted both others during a press conference on the Mollie Tibbetts investigation at the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office in Montezuma on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Laura Calderwood (center in blue shirt), the mother of Mollie Tibbetts, is comforted both others during a press conference on the Mollie Tibbetts investigation at the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office in Montezuma on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Mollie Tibbett’s family has issued a joint statement following yesterday’s announcement that Tibbetts was found dead.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24 is facing first-degree murder charges, and is expected to make his first appearance at the Poweshiek County District Court today at 1 p.m.

 

The family’s statement in full:

Our hearts are broken.

On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all of 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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