Mollie Tibbetts was a college student from Iowa state University from a rural area. She went missing a little over a month ago on July 18th, 2018. She was front page news for a long time. Her family and friends fought hard to keep her at the center of attention so that the public wouldn’t forget about her. The only clue investigators had was her fit-bit information, a black SUV on a security camera, and the fact that people she knew had been excluded as suspects.
Just recently it was revealed that a body was found, the media was still sympathetic, still posting her full name in their headlines. However, it was later revealed that he was an illegal alien from Mexico and the tide had turned. Headlines that once bore the name “Mollie Tibbetts” read “a college girl”. The perpetrator’s status as an illegal was dulled in some article titles to ‘undocumented immigrant’, and in some cases completely extinguished to the title of ‘immigrant’.
Business Insider Before They Knew Mollie Tibbetts’ Perpetrator’s Immigration Status
This is their story after they found out about her perpetrator’s immigration status
This is the New York Times’ Story, they didn’t use illegal OR undocumented