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Alleged Killer Of 4 University Of Idaho Students Arrested In Pennsylvania

Monroe County, PA – The suspect accused of murdering four University of Idaho students in a horrific attack inside their off-campus home on Nov. 13 was arrested at his parents’ residence in Pennsylvania, police confirmed on Friday.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) confirmed that Bryan Kohberger, 28, was apprehended on the morning of Dec. 30, KHQ reported.

Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso said he was taken into custody by the PSP “without incident” at his parents’ Effort home, where investigators believe he had been staying for the past two to three weeks, according to The New York Times.

Two law enforcement sources said Kohberger’s DNA matched that of genetic material recovered from the students’ home, CNN reported.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry revealed during a press conference on Friday afternoon that Kohberger is a graduate student at the University of Washington and lives in Pullman, Washington.

Pullman is just 10 miles away from the University of Idaho in Moscow.

He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary for “entering the residence with the intent to commit the crime of murder,” Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said during the press conference.

Officials released few details regarding Kohberger’s arrest on Friday and would not disclose a possible motive.

Chief Fry also would not say whether any of the victims knew Kohberger.

“What I can tell you is that we have an individual in custody who committed these horrible crimes and I do believe our community is safe,” he said.

Thompson said the probable cause affidavit must remain sealed by law until Kohberger is physically back in Latah County and has been served with the Idaho arrest warrant.

Kohberger is being held without bond in Pennsylvania on the Idaho charges.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan 3, after which he is expected to be returned to Latah County.

Chief Fry said the murder weapon has not been recovered.

Police had been searching for a Hyundai Elantra that was spotted near the murder scene in the early-morning hours of Nov. 13.

Investigators have recovered the Hyundai Elantra they had been searching for, Chief Fry noted.

The vehicle was removed from the residence where Kohberger was arrested, according to KHQ.

Chief Fry said police have followed up on more than 19,000 tips and conducted over 300 interviews in connection with the case.

He urged anyone with any information about the quadruple murder or about Kohberger to contact police immediately.

The home where the four students were stabbed to death was scheduled to be cleaned today, but the court ordered that process to be halted partway through the day, Chief Fry confirmed.

It is unclear why the court issued that request.

Kohberger is a criminology Ph.D. student at Washington State University, according to WFLA.

DeSales University officials in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, issued a statement after Kohberger’s arrest saying that he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and that he wrapped up graduate studies this past June, The New York Times reported.

He also graduated with an associate’s degree arts and psychology from Northampton Community College in 2018, according to CNN.

The four students found stabbed to death on the second and third floors of their off-campus home have been identified as 20-year-old Ethan Chapin of Conway, Washington, 20-year-old Xana Kernodle of Avondale, Arizona, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves of Rathdrum, Idaho, and 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, NBC News reported.

They were each stabbed multiple times, and some of the victims also suffered defensive wounds, Chief Fry confirmed.

The investigation into the attack began at approximately 11:58 a.m. on Nov. 13, when the Moscow Police Department (MPD) received a report of an “unconscious individual” located at a home on King Road, the MPD said in a press release.

The department has since revealed that the 911 call was placed from a phone belonging to one of two other surviving roommates who were also inside the residence at the time of the murders, TODAY reported.

Neither was injured in the attack, and both were quickly ruled out as suspects.

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt described the scene as “gruesome,” according to KHQ.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the 16 years I’ve been in this position,” Mabbutt said.

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry.

Mogen and Goncalves went out to a bar together the night before they were killed and later stopped by a food truck before returning home at about 1:56 a.m., The New York Times reported.

Chapin and Kernodle, who had been dating since the spring, went to a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity before returning back to Kernodle’s house at approximately 1:45 a.m.

Investigators said the victims were attacked in their sleep.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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