Kaylee Goncalves’ family see ‘ties’ to Bryan Kohberger after arrest

The family of one of four people killed at the University of Idaho said they see links between their daughter and the suspect arrested in her murder.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, a criminology student at Washington State University, was arrested by FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police officers near the Pocono Mountains early Friday morning, according to documents obtained by The Independent.

He is being held for extradition following four first-degree murder complaints filed by Moscow police. Mr Kohberger’s arrest is the first significant breakthrough in the November 13 murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

Now, Goncalves’ family have told ABC News that while they don’t know the suspect, they have begun to see links between their daughter and Mr. Kohberger. They told the network they weren’t ready to discuss the relationship but were “happy, relieved and grateful.”

Mr Kohberger was arrested early Friday in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania – 2,500 miles from the scene of the crime, police said at a news conference on Friday.

Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry and Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said Friday they could not release details of the investigation, such as whether the suspect knew the victims, until until Mr. Kohberger appears in an Idaho court and his arrest warrant is unsealed.

Washington State University criminology student Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested on Friday

(AP)

Mr. Kohberger will be offered the option of waiving the extradition, in which case the authorities in Moscow should initiate the process.

He is expected to be back in court in Pennsylvania on January 3.

According to the Washington State University website, Mr. Kohberger is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is about 15 miles west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

He earned an associate of arts degree from Northampton Community College in Albrightstville before graduating with a master’s degree in criminal justice from DeSales University in May, school records show.

The six-foot, 185-pound suspect worked as a part-time security guard with the Pleasant Valley School District, which listed his mother as a paraprofessional, until at least August 2021, according to school calendar records.

His two sisters work as therapists, one in Pennsylvania and the other in New Jersey.

Chief Fry said Friday that state law bars him from revealing what informed police of Kohberger’s arrest until the suspect is extradited to Idaho.

“We have an individual in custody who committed these horrific crimes, and I believe the community is safe,” Fry said.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21

(Instagram/Kaylee Gonçalves)

However, the murder weapon has not yet been found. Mr. Fry urged anyone who knows Kohberger to contact authorities for any information about the suspect, whatever it may be. Prior to his arrest, Mr Fry said the department received more than 19,000 tips and conducted 300 interviews.

“These murders have shaken our community and no amount of arrests could ever bring these young students back,” he said.

He said authorities had located a Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted near the students’ apartment the night they died.

“Rest assured that the work is not finished, it has only just begun,” he said.

Questions had swirled for nearly seven weeks after the November 13 discovery of the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21. The four University of Idaho students were found in an off campus. house the three young women shared a few blocks from campus.

Police spent the next few weeks detailing only scattered details as online sleuths picked up the case and, at times, relatives of the victims criticized law enforcement for their lack of information. Moscow police, Idaho State Police and the FBI were among the agencies working together to solve the murders.

Mr Fry said on Friday he would “support 100 per cent the way we have handled this investigation … keeping the information relevant to this case very very strict. We want to have a situation where, when it is judged, there is no doubt that we did everything right.

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