Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ killing gave false ID to employer

Hannah Rogers
August 24, 2018

A preliminary report has revealed the cause of death for missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, saying that she died via "sharp force injuries", Fox News reported. Richards said his client, who was ordered held on $5 million cash bond during a brief court appearance Wednesday, came to the United States at 17, had the equivalent of a middle school education and had worked for years tending to dairy cows.

"It seemed that he followed her and seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day", Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Rick Rahn told reporters Tuesday.

Three years later, Tibbetts, who had been housesitting for her boyfriend, went out for a jog on a narrow farm road that led out of Brooklyn, a small town of about 1,500 - then vanished.

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He faces charges of first-degree murder.

"For sad and sorry Trump to say that they're illegal without even giving them a hearing is totally wrong", Richards said.

Tibbetts would have started her junior year at the University of Iowa, where she was a psychology major.

Lang said that Rivera handed them an out-of-state government-issued photo identification card and a Social Security card.

Speaking on America's Newsroom Thursday, the Texas politician blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and others for not passing new immigration laws.

Many on the left minimize the importance of those who fall victim to violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Iowa Governor Kimberly Reynolds released a statement indicating that she had spoken with the family of the victim and hopes that they can "find comfort knowing that God does not leave us to suffer alone".

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"Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community". The lawyers cited exhaustive media coverage centering in part on whether the suspect was an illegal immigrant, as prosecutors have said. Lang is the brother of Craig Lang, a prominent Iowa farmer who recently lost the 2018 Republican primary to become Iowa's agriculture secretary.

Trump alluded to the case at a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday: "You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in, very sadly, from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, lovely young woman", he said, shaking his head.

But investigators say the 24-year-old was illegally living and working in the USA on fake documents.

Immigration, Customs and Enforcement also filed a detainer to make sure Rivera, 24, was not released.

Dane Lang, manager of Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, says one person threatened to kill his dog and another said he would burn down his farm buildings. "It should've never happened".

That doesn't surprise folks at the Westside CAN Center, who say the vast majority of immigrants simply want to provide for their families.

"As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry".

Earlier this week, investigators said they were uncertain how Tibbetts was killed or whether she was sexually assaulted.

The alleged murderer told the police that he saw Tibbetts jogging and began following her in his vehicle.

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