Immigration enforcement agents and state criminal investigators on Thursday visited the Iowa dairy farm that employed and housed the man charged with killing college student Mollie Tibbetts.
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the county sheriff's office spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Thursday morning. They appeared to be looking around the property and talking to workers.
Yarrabee Farms said that it is cooperating with federal authorities who had asked to visit the farm. The company confirmed in a statement that investigators met with employees and owners for two hours, but it said it could provide no additional details due to an ongoing investigation.
Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt that his agency's officers were on the scene assisting investigators from the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, who took the lead. Mortvedt said that means the activity was focused on federal law and not the homicide case, which his agency is leading. An ICE spokesman declined comment.
More than 500 people took part in a memorial ride from Brooklyn to Cedar Rapids in honor of Mollie Tibbetts.
Their first stop was at Black Squirrel Tap in Swisher. The event was put on by members the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department.
Organizers didn't expect such a large turnout.
"When we first did this, we only ordered 70 bandanas and then seeing how many people were interested we upped that to 200 thinking that would be enough, and by no means was that even close to enough," said firefighter Jeremy Mann.
Mann coached one of Mollie's brothers. "They're just great people so to give back to people who would be willing to do the same, it's a good feeling," he said.
It was a day when Mollie Tibbetts’ body was found. And it also confirmed the address where her alleged murderer, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, lived and mentored Felix.
The revelations rattled Felix, the Mexican immigrant teen who stayed behind as his family fled to safer pastures under a relative’s roof hours away in Illinois.
The abandoned boy took shelter to live with Tibbetts’ family, according to a lengthy feature published in The Washington Post.
Mollie's mother, Laura Calderwood decided to open her arms and doors to Felix. It wasn't obvious, given the fact that a month since Mollie's untimely death, President Donald Trump channeled the tragedy to bolster his immigration policy of building a controversial border wall between U.S. and Mexico.