In a case that has made national headlines, a Colorado woman is presumed dead after going missing on Thanksgiving Day. Approximately one month after her disappearance, authorities arrested her fiance, charging him with her murder despite the fact that her body is still missing. The charges against the one-time fiance include two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation, as authorities allege that he attempted to hire someone to kill the woman months before her eventual disappearance.
In addition to the criminal charges, the woman's fiance now also faces a wrongful death lawsuit that the woman's parents, who live in Idaho, have brought against him in Colorado federal court. However, the fiance's defense attorney has requested that the court dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that it has no merit because the woman's parents do not have grounds to file a wrongful death suit under Colorado state law.