A vehicle spotted on surveillance footage recorded near the scene of Mollie Tibbetts’ disappearance led to the identification and arrest of a suspect in her subsequent homicide.
According to updates in the case, however, the Chevrolet Malibu was not registered to suspect Cristhian Rivera.
As Fox News reported, a police spokesperson confirmed the development in the case on Wednesday.
Authorities confirmed one day earlier that the car was seen making multiple passes along the road where the 20-year-old college student was last known to have been jogging on the day of her disappearance more than a month ago in Brooklyn, Iowa.
In a statement to Fox News, a special agent with the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation said that the surveillance footage provided what investigators believe “to have been Mollie running one one of the streets” on the afternoon of July 18.
“From that, we started to look into all the vehicles that were also captured on video and eventually identified the vehicle that was driven by Mr. Rivera,” Rick Rahn said.
It was not identified through its tag number but what Rahn called “unusual markings” on the sedan.
Rivera was still driving the vehicle when authorities found and initiated a stop.
As CrimeOnline has previously reported, the suspect has since been arrested and faces first-degree murder charges related to what detectives believe was a premeditated attack.
He was booked into jail with a cash bond set at $5 million ahead of an initial court appearance set for Wednesday.
[Featured image: Cristhian Rivera and Mollie Tibbetts, handouts]