In connection with the deaths of four University of Idaho students who were discovered stabbed in their beds more than a month ago, authorities in Pennsylvania have detained a suspect, according to Moscow Police Chief James Fry.
Law enforcement was initially baffled by the deaths, which also rattled the quaint farming city of Moscow, Idaho, which has 25,000 residents and hasn’t experienced a homicide for five years. Over 11,000 students at the University of Idaho were forced to transfer to online classrooms because of worries about a follow-up attack.
The Pennsylvania State Police detained Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, early on Friday morning at a residence in Chestnuthill Township, according to the authorities. According to the arrest documentation submitted to Monroe County Court, he is being detained to be deported to Idaho on a warrant for first-degree murder. On Tuesday, there will be a hearing regarding extradition.
A short distance from the University of Idaho, at Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Kohberger is a Ph.D. candidate.
In 2018, he earned an associate of arts in psychology from Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, according to Mia Rossi-Marino, a spokeswoman for the institution. According to DeSales University in Pennsylvania, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2020 and from graduate school in June 2022.
The four Idaho students killed by stabbings on November 13 early in the morning were Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin. For weeks, detectives could not identify a suspect or find a murder weapon.
However, the case became public after police appealed for assistance in locating a white Hyundai Elantra automobile seen nearby the house around the time of the killings. The request was submitted on December 7 by the Moscow Police Department, and by the following day, a dedicated FBI contact center was required to handle the influx of tips. By the middle of December, detectives had identified more than 22,000 automobiles that matched that make and model after processing over 12,000 tips.
Fry stated, “We are still looking for the weapon. “I’ll just say we discovered an Elantra,”
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They were close friends and members of the university’s Greek community: Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington. The three-story rental house housed Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle, and two other roommates. Chapin stayed at the residence that evening since he and Kernodle were dating.
According to autopsies, all four were most likely dozing off when they were attacked. Some were stabbed many times, and some had defensive wounds. Police reported there was no evidence of a sexual assault.
To gather evidence starting Friday morning, police announced Thursday that the rental home would be cleaned of “possible biohazards and other dangerous substances.” It was unclear how long the project would take, but a news release stated that the property management would receive the house back after it was finished.
Goncalves’ father, Steve Goncalves, is represented by Shanon Gray, who claims that law enforcement officials called the family last night to alert them of the arrest but did not provide any other information regarding how or why they suspect he might be related to the killings.
They are happy that someone has been taken into custody, Gray added. “Right now, you guys know about as much as we do.”
Kohberger was assertive and outgoing, but Ben Roberts, a graduate student in the WSU department of criminology and criminal justice, said it seemed like “he was always seeking a way to fit in.”
Regarding the news on Friday, he stated, “It’s fairly out of the left field.” “I had honestly just assumed that he was extremely awkward.”
Along with Kohberger, he added, Roberts began the program in August and shared several classes with him. Kohberger, according to him, was trying to come off as an intellectual.
He remarked that one thing he always did was “find the most convoluted way to explain something.” He had to ensure that you were aware that he was conscious.
Online sleuths who conjectured about potential culprits and motives were also drawn to the case. Police made comparatively few public revelations throughout the early stages of the inquiry. Due to safety concerns, the university hired a second security company to accompany students across the campus, and the Idaho State Police dispatched troopers to assist with the street patrol.
In Monroe County, in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, Kohberger was taken into custody. Stroudsburg, the county seat, is located 161 kilometers (100 miles) north of Philadelphia.
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