Idaho student murders: Pennsylvania arrest for murder of 4 University of Idaho students, sources say

An arrest has been made in connection with brutal murders of four University of Idaho students, law enforcement sources and an attorney for one of the victims’ families told CBS News on Friday. Law enforcement sources have identified the person of interest as 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger.

A law enforcement source told CBS News that Washington State University graduate Kohberger is expected to be charged with four homicides and will be extradited to Idaho to face the charges. A student with this name is listed on the university’s website as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the school’s campus in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is about 15 minutes from Moscow, Idaho.

Shanon Gray, the attorney for Kaylee Goncalves’ family, said the arrest was made in Pennsylvania. A law enforcement source told CBS News he was taken into custody at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pa., between Allentown and Scranton.

News of the arrest came more than six weeks after roommates Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle were found stabbed to death in their home with fellow student Ethan Chapin.

Police are planning a news conference at 1 p.m. local time, 4 p.m. ET, to provide an update on the investigation.

The four victims were found around noon on Sunday, November 13, after a 911 call to police reported one person unconscious. Officials previously described the murder weapon as a large, fixed-blade knife.

Mogen and Goncalves were both 21-year-old seniors in college and best friends. The pair had been to a downtown bar called The Corner Club that night and stopped at a food truck.

Kernodle, 20, was a junior and was dating freshman Ethan Chapin, 20. The two had attended a party earlier at the campus house of Sigma Chi, of which Chapin was a member.

A flyer seeking information about the murders of four college students in Moscow, Idaho
A flyer asks the public for information as police investigate the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students in Moscow, Idaho.

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During the investigation, police said they collected more than 16,500 pieces of information related to the murders, as well as reviewed more than 113 physical evidence from the home, “approximately 4,000 photographs” and “several” 3D scans which investigators from the crime scene took and had conducted “more than 250 interviews”. They initially seized three dumpsters and five cars from the crime scene, but announced earlier this month that they would begin returning some of the victims’ belongings to their families.

“We have a lot of information, and we are specifically keeping that information secure. We are not releasing specific details because we don’t want to jeopardize this investigation,” Moscow police captain Roger Lanier said last week. “We owe it to the families and we owe it to the victims. We want more than just an arrest. We want a conviction.”

At first, police said they did not believe a surviving roommate or the friends who called 911 were involved in the murders. They also said they cleared one other person, a former sixth roommate who had left the house at the start of the school year, and a few other people who had met some of the students the night before, such as the person driving Goncalves. and Mogen at home late in the evening.

Rumors and speculations swirled over the case, circulating online via social media and ICT Tacwhich law enforcement called a “huge distraction.”

“Tracking down rumors and stifling rumors about specific individuals or specific events that may or may not have happened is a huge distraction for investigators and is often the result of social media spreading. And that’s very, very frustrating for investigators and difficult to stay on track,” Lanier said last week.

Pat Milton of CBS News contributed reporting.

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