Expert Says Tibbetts Family has Long Road to Recovery

August 21, 2018 10:23 PM

Authorities say Christian Rivera led them to Mollie Tibbetts' body in a cornfield roughly ten miles away from her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. That's where Tibbetts was last seen running on July 18. Rivera told investigators he encountered Tibbetts while she was running. He says he must have killed her after she threatened to report him to her boyfriend.

On Tuesday, KSTP sat down with an expert who deals with these rare tragedies about how the family can move forward and how communities can return to normal.


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"When cases like this happen, you continue to hope until you have answers," Jane Straub said. 

It's a familiar subject for her. Straub is an advocate/victim assistant for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. 

While everyone wants to know why the suspect did it, Straub says the focus needs to be on the victim and the family. 

"To remember Mollie in all the positive that she was and what's the legacy molly leaves behind," she said.

If she had a chance to speak with parents of Mollie Tibbetts, what would she say? 

"Right now for them to take care of themselves, to take care of the family," Straub said.

For adults, Straub says they don't have numbers but every year the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children look at over 200,000 children who are reported missing, and 97 percent are recovered. But of those 115 is that complete stranger abduction like Jacob Wetterling's case.


Todd Wilson

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