UPDATE: Suspect Named in University of Idaho Murders

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Paperwork filed in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, named Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, as the suspect was taken into custody earlier today in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students. Kohberger was apprehended by local police acting on an arrest warrant issued by the Moscow Police Department, the lead agency in the investigation, and the Latah County, Idaho Prosecutor’s Office.


Since news of the arrest broke earlier today, information has been coming in fast about the suspect. Fox News Digital reported that Kohberger was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, which is a fifteen-minute drive from Moscow, Idaho, where the murders took place. The close proximity of the two schools meant the two student populations often mixed together socially, thus heightening speculation that the suspect may have known the victims.

Fox News also reported that a white Hyundai Elantra was towed away from the property in the Poconos where Kohberger was arrested. The car was a focal point of the investigation, with Moscow authorities asking the public for information on that specific color and model of car, stating it was key to breaking the case.

Police in are currently searching Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman. Meanwhile, a celebration of life is scheduled today in Idaho for two of the victims, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen; the other two victims were Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin.

The filings in Monroe County indicate Kohberger is awaiting extradition to Idaho to face charges in the killings. The Moscow Police Department plans to hold a press conference today at 4p ET/1p PT.


Authorities in Scranton, Pennsylvania, have taken a suspect into custody in relation to the murders of four University of Idaho students on November 13. The unnamed suspect, a male in his mid-20s, appeared in court this morning, but official details have yet to be released.


Fox News Digital broke the story:

A man in his mid 20s was taken into custody by local police and the FBI at 3 a.m. in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the law enforcement source said.

The suspect is a college student but does not attend the University of Idaho, the source added. He appeared in court this morning.

The murders of the four students — Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21 — have shaken the college town of Moscow, Idaho, with many online sleuths trying to crack the case and the local police department coming under increasing pressure to solve the high-profile slayings. The students were allegedly stabbed to death in their sleep in their off-campus house, while two other roommates sleeping in a separate part of the house were unharmed and apparently unaware of the gruesome attack.

The Moscow Police Department has scheduled a press conference for today at 1p PT.


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