Woman’s Body Found in Mollie Tibbetts Search Was Left on Roadside by Boyfriend: Police
The body of a 20-year-old woman who was discovered while officials were searching for missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was identified as Sadie Alvarado, and her boyfriend was arrested for allegedly leaving her on the side of a road in rural Lee County.
Alvarado’s body was found along 235th Avenue in West Point Township in Lee County on Aug. 5, officials said in a statement.
Damian Hamann, 28, turned himself in and was apprehended by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department later on Aug. 5, according to the Quad City Times.
Police said that Alvarado jumped out of his car during an argument, and he didn’t return to the scene until later that day.
If convicted, he could face as many as five years in prison. On Aug. 6, the sheriff’s office said that he was released from jail and will be under parole supervision until his case is heard, according to the report.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn said that an autopsy for Alvarado’s body is slated for Aug. 7 to determine the cause of death, the Des Moines Register reported. “We’re not ready to release that information,” Rahn said when he was asked about how she died.
Hamann turned himself in because “he was aware that there were pending charges,” Rahn told the publication.
Mollie Tibbetts’ Family Speaks Out Again
On Aug. 7, Tibbetts’ father, Robert Tibbetts, told Fox News that he believes “someone went to the house that Mollie knew or that Mollie trusted and that she left with them willingly.”
Tibbetts went missing on July 18 after she was spotted last jogging in Brooklyn. She was staying at her boyfriend’s house to watch his dogs.
Tibbetts was reported on July 19 when she didn’t show for work.
“I just don’t think that anyone set out to harm Mollie,” Tibbetts told Fox. “And the longer we go without finding her, the more optimistic we are that she is with someone that doesn’t want to harm her but doesn’t know how to extricate themselves from this situation.”