the media will only focus on photogenic cases.
Sorry to be harsh but I keep hearing this from people unable to see past their own prejudices and desire to prove something even with a sad case like this. This couple could have been overweight Asian and black-Hispanic, and it would have gotten the same attention. And if people think not, then that is a persons own prejudice that they are feeling.
Yes this nation has a problem, has had a problem for many years and it is ingrained in the culture. But that is not expressly what is happening here.
What made this so weird and attention getting was the moronic then apparently evil nature of the boyfriend. Arriving home silently, without his girlfriend, not saying anything, lawyering up, the mystery of where did the girl go, his girlfriend disappearing after posting regularly together. Then the weird police interactions and other people coming forward with information on the guy acting strangely.
And for those that can't get off the "racism", why don't you think this isn't a "straight" thing? More evidence of prejudice against non-straight/LGBTQ+ couples, since that would never have gotten the attention of a straight biracial couple!
This is news, sadly, because it is a terrible tale of wholesale indifference and vileness on the boyfriends part. And the fact that "new" information is regularly being found, so feeding the 24/7 news industry perfectly.
It is a sad and tragic tale. And what really matter is that families have lost a loved one and someone has died and no one is willing to stand up and tell her story. In particular one that was supposed to.