The man arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students in November attended a nearby university and lived a few miles from where the victims were found.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested Friday in Monroe County, Pennsylvania on an active first-degree murder warrant issued by the Moscow, Idaho, police department and the Latah County District Attorney’s Office, according to a criminal complaint.
The four students killed — Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Khana Kernodle, 20; and Kernodle’s boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed multiple times in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 at an off-campus home in the small university town of Moscow.
Kohberger is a graduate student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, according to a redacted directory of college graduates seen by CNN on Friday.
In a statement Friday night, the university confirmed that Kohberger completed his first semester as a doctoral student in the school’s criminal justice program in early December.
University police assisted authorities in executing search warrants at his office and apartment on the school’s Pullman campus.
A CNN crew previously filmed law enforcement officers outside a WSU graduate residence in Pullman that authorities said was linked to Kohberger.
Pullman is about a 15-minute drive from Moscow, where the murders took place.
Kohberger was previously an undergraduate and graduate student at DeSales University, according to a statement on the school’s website. DeSales is a Catholic university in Pennsylvania, according to its official Facebook page.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed “graduate studies for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program” earlier this year, according to a university spokesperson.
In a post that has since been deleted from Reddit after the arrest became public, Bryan Kohberger, a student investigator associated with the DeSales University study, asked to participate in a research project “to understand how emotions and psychological characteristics influence decision-making when committing a crime.” “
The now-deleted Reddit post said: “Specifically, this study seeks to understand the story behind your most recent crime by focusing on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.”
CNN reached out to one of the study’s lead investigators, a professor at DeSales University, but they declined to comment. The university did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokesperson for Northampton Community College also confirmed to CNN that Kohberger is a student there and graduated in 2018 with associate degrees in art and psychology.
How authorities narrowed their search
Earlier this month, authorities asked the public for information about a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra they said was “in the immediate area” of the crime scenes at the time of the murders. That call was followed by numerous tips, police said earlier.
According to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation, investigators focused on Kohberger after ultimately finding the Elantra to be his.
His DNA also matched DNA recovered from the crime scene, according to sources, who said authorities believe Kohberger left the area for Pennsylvania after the crime.
Sources added that an FBI surveillance team has been following the suspect in the area where he was arrested for several days.
Authorities detained Kohberger while investigators from the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police and FBI worked with prosecutors to develop sufficient probable cause for an arrest warrant.
However, authorities want to hear from anyone who can shed light on Kohberger.
“This is not the end of this investigation, in fact, this is a new beginning,” Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson said Friday. “Now that you all know the name of the person accused of these crimes, please spread the word, ask the public, anyone who knows this person.”
“Report everything you know about him, to help the investigators and ultimately help our office and the justice system, understand everything to know not only about the person, but what happened. What happened and why,” Thompson said.
Kohberger was arraigned Friday morning and has another extradition hearing in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, records show.