MOSCOW, Idaho – Authorities announced at a press conference Friday that suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger has been charged with four counts of murder and larceny for fatally stabbing four University of Idaho students in a rented house off campus on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho.
Kohberger was arrested Friday morning in East Pennsylvania for the grisly murders of Kaylee Goncalves (21), Madison Mogen (21), Ethan Chapin (20), and Xana Kernodle (20).
“These murders have shaken our community, and no arrest will ever bring these young students back,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry told reporters.
When asked if the police were looking for other suspects, he said, “What I can tell you is that I believe the person who committed these horrific crimes is in custody and our community is safe.”
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Kohberger is a PhD student in criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, about 13 miles from the King Road home where the students were murdered.
The Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police, and the FBI have worked tirelessly for nearly seven weeks to track down the killer as the public and the victims’ families scrutinize the investigation.
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Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said a criminal complaint was filed Thursday charging Kohberger with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary, “which includes breaking into the residence with the intent to commit murder.”
Thompson said the probable cause statement outlining the details of the crime will be kept confidential until Kohberger is extradited to Latah County and served the Idaho arrest warrant in accordance with the law.
Kohberger appeared before a judge in Monroe County Court in Pennsylvania on Friday morning and is being held without bail. Thompson added that he will return to court there Tuesday afternoon and be represented by a public defender.
Police issued a search warrant at Kohberger’s Pullman apartment on Friday.
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In recent weeks, the investigation has focused on a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra, which was seen near the crime scene at the time of the murders.
Fry said police found an Elantra, but did not provide details. NBC reports that an Elantra was removed from the property where Kohberger was arrested.
The police chief declined to answer questions about when the investigation focused on Kohberger or about specific evidence allegedly linking him to the crime.
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Fry said the investigation isn’t over yet and urged the public to continue offering clues.
“We’re still trying to build that picture,” he said. “We’re putting all the pieces together and that will help.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 208-883-7180 or email@example.com.