In the early morning hours of January 9, 2016, a group of young men and women walked into a New Mexico police station.
It was their third such raid in less than two years.
They were seeking answers about the alleged murder of 19-year-old Kiehlfs.
Police had received multiple tips that the young woman, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was responsible for the murder of a homeless man in New Mexico.
A short time later, a car full of men, including Kiehls ex-boyfriend, drove through a residential area, knocking on the door of a home where Kiehn was living.
Kiehmls mother, who was in the living room with her daughter, had not seen the men enter the home and had never seen her daughter again.
Police were able to track the vehicle to the Albuquerque Police Department.
Inside, they found Kiehs lifeless body, apparently beaten and stabbed multiple times.
The man who was suspected in the murder, Joseph Lee Johnson, was eventually charged with murder.
But the police investigation had gone beyond the initial tip that led to Johnson’s arrest.
Investigators learned that a young woman who had been living with Kiehds family had told police that she had been involved in the killing.
She told detectives that Kiehtls body had been dumped in a lake, along with several other items, which included her mother’s purse and other valuables.
Kiethls mother had told detectives she had received threatening phone calls from Kiehrs brother, who allegedly told her to “get back in the house.”
The family’s ex-husband, who Kiehzls family had been estranged from for a number of years, told investigators that KIEHLS family had a history of domestic violence.
Investigators concluded that Kienhls death was a murder-suicide and the police report included a note that Kietlnks father had “died with her.”
Johnson was arrested the next day and charged with first-degree murder.
In the days that followed, news outlets across the country reported on the gruesome details of the investigation, including how Kielnks family had tried to sell her body to a private buyer, but had been rebuffed.
When asked about the details of that story, Kiellys family responded in a statement, “we are in disbelief that we are not at peace.
We know that there are others out there who believe that the killing of our daughter is a lie.
We are just one family of 11.”
The investigation into Kiels murder has drawn attention from national and international media outlets, with the New York Times reporting that the FBI had opened an inquiry into the case.
In response to the media’s interest, KIEHLS family attorney, Maryanne Kiekhoff, called for more transparency in the investigation.
In a letter to the AP, she wrote, “There was no indication that Kies family knew about this case, or any other, for that matter.
It is clear that, as the police were investigating the case, they were being influenced by a person who had already been arrested and charged.”
The Kielns family released a statement in which they said they had decided to fight the charges against Johnson.
“We are deeply disturbed that the media has been focused on the facts of this case.
We believe this investigation should be conducted under a strict and transparent standard,” the statement read.
“As you can see, the FBI did not act in the best interest of the Kielenks family, and there is no merit to any of the claims of the public or other sources.”
But Kiekhls mother said she is relieved that the police have not released more details about the investigation into the death.
“It is hard for me to take back everything that happened because they made it all seem so clear,” she said.
“I was angry with them when they did this, but I don’t think I’ll ever forgive them.”