Rivera was taken into custody after agreeing to an interview with investigators, according to Mortvedt, who said state officials have been assisted by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division.
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts apparently worked at a pig farm owned by a prominent Republican family, but the family insists that the suspected killer passed a government identification check as a USA citizen prior to hiring him. Rivera told investigators that he saw her running, exited his vehicle, and started running alongside her, cops said. Lang says, "our employee is not who he said he was". Both passed the Social Security Administration's verification system, but did not belong to Rivera.
"This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government's E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing", Yarrabee Farms said in a statement.
Dozens of University of Iowa students and Iowa City residents were joined by friends and family of Mollie Tibbetts Wednesday night to celebrate her life and talk about her legacy.
The search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts came to a somber end Tuesday in a cornfield, about 12 miles from where she went missing. "What I mean by this is that he came to work every day, was on time, and got along with his coworkers".
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The lawyer for Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts, said the suspect is not an illegal immigrant. But those forms of ID were not of Rivera, he said. Craig Lang is a former Iowa Farm Bureau president who ran in the Republican Primary for state agriculture secretary this past June.
He faces charges of first-degree murder.
According to Des Moines Register, attorney Allen Richards has filed documents calling for a gag order, saying that the president of the United States and other politicians are falsely calling the accused man an illegal immigrant, poisoning any potential jury pool.
"For sad and sorry Trump to say that they're illegal without even giving them a hearing is totally wrong", Richards said. He said his client was a hard worker with the equivalent of an eighth-grade education, had no prior criminal record and deserved the presumption of innocence and a fair trial. He acknowledged his client's status may be a "matter of interpretation".
"They are not the same systems and we apologize for any confusion this caused with our earlier statement", Land said. Richards also asked that the proceedings be closed.
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Rivera has allegedly confessed to the killing. And Iowa's two GOP U.S. senators called the death a tragedy that "could have been prevented".
Authorities did not offer a motive.
On Tuesday, Trump, while at a rally in West Virginia, weighed in on Mollie's murder with regard to the issue of illegal immigration.
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