A suspect in the murders of four University of Idaho students in custody, law enforcement says
Pennsylvania Police have detained a 28-year-old in connection to the murder of four University of Idaho students.
According to the Associated Press, arrest paperwork has been filed in Monroe County Court. Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition to Idaho on a warrant for first degree murder.
Police have confirmed that Kohberger lives in Pullman and is a graduate student at Washington State University, which is less than ten miles away from the University of Idaho.
On November 13 four University of Idaho students, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin — were found stabbed to death at a home near campus. Police initially did not find a weapon, and had few clear leads. The most recent break in the case was a white sedan, which law enforcement asked the public to help find.
The FBI and Idaho State Police have both assisted local law enforcement on the case.
In a press conference today, the Moscow Police Chief James Fry said they were still looking for information on Kohberger.
"This is not the end of this investigation, this is a new beginning," he said.
Fry said law enforcement's tip line is still active and asked people who know Kohberger to share any details about him that could be relevant to the investigation.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Washington State University Officials confirmed Kohberger was a student there, saying he was pursuing his PhD in criminal justice.
“On behalf of the WSU Pullman community, I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of the law enforcement agencies that have been working tirelessly to solve this crime,” said Elizabeth Chilton, chancellor of the WSU Pullman campus and WSU provost. “This horrific act has shaken everyone in the Palouse region.”
She said WSU Police had assisted Moscow Police in executing a search warrant at Kohberger's apartment and office, both located on campus.
Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said Kohberger is facing four counts of murder, as well as a burglary charge. He said his office still needs the publics help however.
“Anything they know about this individual, to come forward, call the tip line, report anything you know about him to help the investigators, and eventually our office and the court system, understand fully everything there is to know about not only about the individual, but what happened and why," he said.
He said all details about the case will be sealed until Kohberger is extradited to Idaho.
Kohberger is currently being held in Pennsylvania without bond.