The University of Iowa student's mother Mollie Tibbetts' mother opened her home to the son of a Mexican immigrant who worked with the man suspected of killing her daughter and left the small town for fear of it is uncertain.
Laura Calderwood picked up Ulises Felix, 17, after his parents left Brooklyn, Iowa, according to The Washington Post. The man accused of killing 20-year-old Tibbetts, Cristhian Bahena Rivera (24), worked with Felix's parents on a dairy in the small town. Felix said his mother cooks for Rivera and his cousin dated the suspect. Rivera's and Felix's cousin Iris Monarrez had a daughter, but later broke up.
After Rivera was arrested, Felix & # 39; Parents go because they fear the city is unsafe. Felix wanted to finish school in the city, and Tibbet's brother Scott offered to let him stay with him.
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Felix "We have an extra room."
When her son asked her if Felix could live with them, said Calderwood, that she thought of Mollie and what she would do.
Calderwood said she did not know Felix's relationship with Rivera. Felix said Calderwood Rivera had sent money to his family to help them build a home and that he had a family in the US.
Calderwood opened her daughter's death after being asked by a friend how Mollie died.
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"In the chest [referring to multiple stab wounds]. And I also know there was one in the skull, "Calderwood told a friend. "… Mollie's death was terrible."
In September, Mollie's father, Rob Tibbetts, wrote an offer to the Des Moines Register that his daughter would have "vehemently" opposed anti-immigration views, and asked politicians not to do so. Use their deaths to " promote different political agendas. "
Mollie's body was found on August 21 in a field covered with maize stalks. She was last seen jogging on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa.
The investigators said they had used surveillance equipment to track down Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts jogging and Riveras car. A lawsuit alleges that Rivera confessed to the authorities during a lengthy interrogation. He said that he had followed Tibbet's running with his car, finally got off on foot to talk to her, and then was chased after her. Rivera told the investigators that he was in a panic after Tibbetts threatened to call the police with their cell phone. He claims that he failed at this point and later came to the point when he unloaded Tibbetts bloody body from the trunk of a car, according to the lawsuit.
Rivera, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts death. He did not plead guilty to charges of his indictment. His trial is scheduled to begin on April 16, 2019.
Jennifer Earl and Greg Norman of Fox News contributed to this report.