Christian Rivera, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who has been missing since she went for a run July 18 in the small town of Brooklyn.
The news broke Tuesday morning that authorities had located Tibbett's body, ending a search that had gone on for more than 30 days with help from hundreds of law enforcement officials and thousands of volunteers looking for her. The results of an autopsy are still pending, and Rahn did not specify a cause of death.
Kriegel said Rivera reportedly confessed that he saw Mollie jogging along 385th Street in Brooklyn, and he circled around in his vehicle and began following her. Rivera allegedly said Mollie saw him and threatened to call 911 but he gave chase, caught her, then "blacked out".
Rivera's former employer said the suspect presented himself as a legal USA resident and he was a solid worker on the family dairy farm.
The death of Tibbetts has set off a firestorm of people accusing the other side of the aisle of politicizing her death or dismissing her death because there are bigger news stories to cover. Um that's what we're going miss the most. A judge on Wednesday agreed to increase Rivera's bond to $5 million from $1 million after prosecutor Scott Brown noted he was a potential flight risk who was charged with a "heinous crime".
Lang says he only learned on Tuesday that Rivera was the suspect in the death of Mollie Tibbetts and was shocked.
"They turned a blind eye to the reality of documentation", Mr Richards said.
Mollie's grieving family broke their silence on Wednesday during a vigil at the University of Iowa where she would have entered her sophomore year this fall.
Since Rivera was charged, Lang has received death threats.
Referring to Trump as "sad and sorry", Richards identified Rivera's long-time employer as Eric Lang, the brother of Iowa GOP politician Craig Lang. Richards further says that Lang has been able to confirm Rivera's legal status.
During a news conference Wednesday, Yarrabee Farms manager Dane Lang said Rivera provided a state-issued photo identification and a Social Security card when he applied for a job almost four years ago.
After the interview, police say Rivera guided them to her location from memory. "We need our immigration laws changed", Trump said.
Rivera, a Mexican national who appears to have used a stolen ID to evade a federal system to screen undocumented workers, drove past the woman several times.
When Rivera was hired in 2014, he presented an out-of-state government-issued photo identification and a matching Social Security card, Lang said. But those forms of ID were not of Rivera, he said.
Rivera is from Guayabillo, Mexico, according to his Facebook page. "She took off running".
A criminal complaint alleges Rivera followed Tibbetts while she was out for a run, abducted and killed her, and dumped her body in a cornfield.
He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. "We know that many of you will join us as we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever".