In connection with the deadly stabbings of four University of Idaho students, authorities have made an arrest following a weeks-long hunt that attracted widespread media attention.
Details Of The Report
Authorities alleged that on November 13, the bodies of the four students—later identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21—were discovered in a Moscow, Idaho, rental house.
The four students’ manner of death was determined to be a murder after autopsies proved they had been stabbed to death.
As the institution grieved over the students’ deaths over the holidays, anger increased as weeks passed without a suspect being taken into custody and the public asked authorities to provide more information.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was apprehended by local police and FBI agents at a property owned by his parents in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, over seven weeks after the children were tragically murdered.
According to authorities, Kohberger has been charged with four charges of first-degree murder and criminal burglary.
Scott Duffey, a retired Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI, spoke on Good Day Philadelphia to talk about the case and how Kohberger was located.
People with knowledge of the case indicate that forensic evidence helped authorities discover a suspect, according to Duffey, even though police have not released much detail as the investigation goes on.
Kohberger was apprehended as a result of DNA matching genetic evidence discovered at the crime site, according to a source cited by the Associated Press.
Surveillance, Suspect’s Whereabouts
After surveillance of the house and the suspect’s whereabouts, he claims a car of that make and type was found at Kohberger’s parents’ house in Pennsylvania. Bryan and his father were allegedly stopped twice on their 2,500-mile road journey, according to Kohberger’s attorney Jason LaBar, weeks after the alleged killings.
Duffey claims that when investigating such situations, agents seek for trends and distinctive traits in individuals.
Studies at Northampton Community College and DeSales University as well as occurrences at a nearby pub are some of his connections to Pennsylvania.
A bar owner in Bethlehem named Jordan Serulneck claimed to have only known the suspect by the name “Bryan” when he used to frequent the establishment while attending DeSales University.
Serulneck claims that when Kohberger visited the pub, he harassed and intimidated female customers and staff.
Kohberger, who is awaiting extradition, appeared before a judge in Monroe County Court on Friday.
Suspect Expected To Fight Extradition
At a hearing on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where he was apprehended at his parents’ house, Kohberger, who is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four University of Idaho students last autumn, is not anticipated to object to extradition.
State police in eastern Pennsylvania arrested Kohberger, a 28-year-old PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, early on Friday, according to officials.
Jason LaBar, the top public defender for Monroe County, said that his client is anxious to be cleared and intends to inform a Pennsylvanian court that he would forego his extradition hearing in order to be transported to Idaho right away.
According to LaBar, his client ought to be given a benefit of the doubt and “not tried in the court of public opinion.”
The Moscow Police Department in Idaho’s Capt. Anthony Dahlinger told The Associated Press on Saturday that investigators think Kohberger committed all four killings.