Suspect Arrested in University of Idaho Murders

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Law enforcement officials said Friday that police in Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of four University of Idaho students, marking a significant break in a horrific incident that sheds national light on the small farming community where the school is located and has baffled investigators. more than six weeks.

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Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested Thursday night in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles from Philadelphia, according to James Fry, who served as Idaho police chief in Moscow.

Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson said Kohberger was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and gross theft.

Kohberger is expected to be extradited to Moscow, where the University of Idaho is located.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Fry said Kohberger is a graduate student at Washington State University and resides in Pullman, Washington, a city less than 10 miles from the University of Idaho.

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Authorities did not release the evidence that led police to Kohberger or any information about his alleged motive. Thompson said that under Idaho state law, the affidavit revealing the facts behind Kohberger’s arrest will be kept confidential until Kohberger returns to the state and the local arrest warrant is served on him.

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Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in the early morning hours of November 13, near the campus in Moscow, Idaho, at the home where the first three victims lived. Police believe the two surviving roommates and their dog were sleeping on the first floor of the house at the time of the murders, according to police. Police couldn’t find a suspect or murder weapon for weeks, but in early December put an end to the case by asking the public to help locate a white sedan seen nearby at the time of the murders. The murders have sparked fears of another attack among students, many of whom have fled to their hometowns and enrolled in distance classes.

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“These murders have shaken our community and no arrests will bring these young students back,” said Fry. However, we believe that justice will be found through criminal process.”

further reading

What we know so far about the investigation into the Idaho college student murders (CBS)

A suspect is in custody in connection with the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students, sources say (CNN)

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