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Details about investigation into Moscow student murder released

Courtesy of Latah County
Bryan Kohberger made his first appearance in a Latah County courtroom Thursday morning.

The document tracks the movement of the suspect using video and cell phone data.

An Idaho court has released an affidavit with details about the investigation into the murders of four college students in Moscow in November.

In a 19-page statement, Moscow Police Corporal Brett Payne pieces together evidence collected by video cameras and cell phone towers to track the suspect’s movements around the time of the murders.

Payne says a car similar to the one owned by Bryan Kohberger drove past the students’ home at least three times shortly before the crimes were committed.

Payne says the phone used by Kohberger was turned off for about two hours that morning, including the time when the crimes are believed to have been committed. Once it was reactivated, Payne says the evidence shows the person who had the phone at the time drove south from Moscow to Genesee, Idaho, crossed the border back into Washington and headed north toward Pullman. He also notes that, a few hours later, the car returned to the students’ home briefly before returning to Pullman.

The affidavit also reveals that phone was accessing cell service near the students’ home at least a dozen times between June and December 2022, in most cases, during late night and early morning hours.

Kohberger made his first court appearance in Moscow Thursday morning. He’s held in the Latah County jail, facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.