However, Larimer says that there are moments like the death of Mollie Tibbetts that create openings for policy change. Authorities say her suspected killer, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, followed her in his vehicle as she ran along a country road before assaulting her. "She was killed by a awful person that came in from Mexico, illegally here", the US President said. Under Iowa law, the vast majority of information from an autopsy is confidential, and treated as a medical record.
Cristhian Bahena Rivera is escorted into the Poweshiek County Courthouse for his initial court appearance, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Montezuma, Iowa.
The student's body was found on Tuesday.
The results were released Thursday, clarifying her death was in fact a homicide, after suspect Christhain Rivera led police to her body in a cornfield.
But when conservatives decide immediately upon hearing about it that this is the story they want to call attention to, they aren't doing it due to their commitment to stopping crime. Her suspected killer, 24-year-old Christian Bahena Rivera was arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, and a trial will begin next week. The case also raised a host of questions, including why the Iowa dairy farm that employed Rivera apparently failed to check his immigration status through E-verify - a 21-year-old electronic program created to filter out undocumented immigrants who apply for jobs.
And that does not bode well for the prominent GOP Lang family, owners of Larrabee Farms, who employed the accused.
Yarrabee Farms is located less than five kilometres from where Tibbetts, 20, was last seen jogging the night she was abducted. According to the arrest affidavit, they tracked him down thanks to surveillance footage in the area she was known to have run. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
The agency declined to elaborate on the nature of the injuries or what caused them.
Rivera's defense attorney, Allan Richards, has denounced Trump for prejudging his client's guilt, saying the president's comments would make it hard for Rivera to get a fair trial.
"Let's let the process go", he said Thursday. "She was very positive and we are staying positive".
Top Photo | Mollie Tibbetts and a tweet from a member of Mollie's family. She was reported missing after she failed to respond to messages from her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, as well as when she did not show up to work at a daycare center.
Tibbetts' aunt took a similar approach, writing on her Facebook page: "Evil comes in EVERY color".