Police arrest suspect in Idaho homicide case

HARRISBURG— Authorities in Pennsylvania have arrested a suspect in the deaths of four University of Pennsylvania students. Idaho who were stabbed to death in their beds more than a month ago, a law enforcement official said Friday.

The killings initially baffled law enforcement and shocked the small Idaho town of Moscow, a farming community of about 25,000 that hadn’t been murdered in five years. Fears of a repeat attack led nearly half of the more than 11,000 students at the University of Idaho to leave the city and opt to take classes online.

Court documents filed in Monroe County court indicate that 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger was being held for removal to Idaho on a warrant for his arrest. homicide willful.

A policeman confirmed the arrest on condition of anonymity because he could not discuss details of the investigation publicly before the formal announcement.

A doctoral student by the same name is listed in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University (WSU), which is a short distance from the University of Idaho. Messages were left seeking more information from the WSU.

The Idaho students—Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin—were stabbed to death in a rented house near campus sometime in the early hours of November 13. For weeks investigators failed to identify a suspect or locate the murder weapon.

But the case came to light after law enforcement asked the public for help finding a white sedan seen near the home around the time of the slayings. The Moscow Police Department made the request on December 7, and the next day had to direct the calls to a special FBI center, due to the large number of incoming calls.

Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington, were close friends. Mogen, Goncalves and Kernodle lived in the three-story rented house with two other roommates. Kernodle and Chapin were a couple and he was visiting the house that night.

Autopsies showed that all four were probably asleep when they were attacked. Some had injuries from trying to defend themselves and all were stabbed multiple times. There were no signs of sexual assault, police said.

FOUNTAIN: With information from AP