A 28-year-old man was taken into custody over the slayings of 4 University of Idaho students on November 13. He was arrested in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and appeared in court on Friday morning (Dec 30). Local news reports gave his name as Bryan Christopher Kohberger. He was not a student at the University of Idaho and was a graduate student in Criminology at Washington State University, about 8 miles from Moscow, Idaho.
Kohberger was taken into custody at around 3 a.m. by FBI and local police in Pennsylvania. There are few details of the investigation that led to his arrest, which may be the best way police could preserve the investigation. He now faces extradition to Idaho.
UPDATE: The white Hyundai Elantra was discovered near where Kohberger was arrested. It was towed by Pennsylvania police.
The vicious slayings — which saw each of the victims disturbed in their sleep, then stabbed multiple times in their chest area — have dominated headlines for several weeks, with experts and amateurs alike speculating on possible motives and suspects.
Best friends Goncalves and Mogen, who met in the sixth grade, were last seen on surveillance footage at Moscow’s Corner Club just hours before the stabbings. They subsequently stopped at a food truck before returning to their rented home before 2 a.m. Kernodle and Chapin had been at a party at the nearby Sigma Chi fraternity house and had arrived home shortly before.
Police say the four students were murdered sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. but they were not discovered by roommates Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke until much later that morning. Mortensen and Funke had become worried when they could not reach their friends and called police, who made the grim discovery. New York Post
The brutal stabbings occurred on November 13, and left Moscow, Idaho (a town of around 25,000) extremely shaken. Though police initially claimed that there was no ongoing threat to the community, the 7 weeks of investigation left many in fear since the suspect was not yet in custody. the Moscow Police set up a counseling service for the officers who came upon the gruesome crime scene – yes, they are affected by what they see as well as the public.
Police are still searching for the 2011-2013 white Hyundai Elantra that may have crucial information regarding the crime and are actively pursuing every lead. A news conference is set for 1 p.m. on Friday.
“The students were: Ethan Chapin, a freshman from Mount Vernon, Washington, and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity majoring in recreation, sport and tourism management in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; Xana Kernodle, a junior from Post Falls majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics and a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority; Madison Mogen, a senior from Coeur d’Alene majoring in marketing in the College of Business and Economics; and Kaylee Goncalves, a senior from Rathdrum majoring in general studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.” University of Idaho via Heavy.com
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