Family of dairy farm where Cristhian Rivera worked releases statement

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24-year-old Cristhian Rivera is behind bars Tuesday night, accused of murdering 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. Now his former employer is speaking out.

The farm where Rivera used to work is a dairy farm called Yarabee Farms. It’s owned by the Lang family. Craig Lang is a former Republican candidate for Secretary of Agriculture. A statement was sent to our sister station WOI-TV on Tuesday night.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mollie Tibbetts. This is a profoundly sad day for our community. All of us Yarabee Farms are shocked to hear that one of our employees was involved and charged in the case. This individual worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing. On Monday, the authorities visited our farm and talked to our employees. We have cooperated fully with their investigation. Yarabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States.”

Lang is also the former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

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