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Idaho student murders: ‘person of interest' has been arrested

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Dec 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-30 14:35:53-05

Police in Moscow, Idaho, will conduct a news conference on Friday afternoon involving the case of four University of Idaho students who were murdered on November 13.

Police in Pennsylvania on Friday morning arrested a "person of interest" tied to the case. It’s not yet known if any charges will be filed against the person of interest.

The Associated Press reported that Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28 years old, was arrested for the killings.

According to court documents, Kohberger was arrested on Friday in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and he faces extradition following his arrest. The document indicated that he was arrested before any formal charges were made.

A law enforcement source tells CBS News that Kohberger, a graduate of Washington State University, is expected to be charged with four homicides and will be extradited to Idaho to face the charges. A student with that name is listed on the WSU website as a Ph.D. student in the department of criminal justice and criminolgy at the school's campus in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is about 15 minutes from Moscow, Idaho.

On the morning of November 13, police discovered the bodies of the four murdered students, stabbed to death in a house near campus where three of them called home.

Moscow police say they collected 103 pieces of evidence from the crime scene. They took 4,000 photographs and have received more than 1,000 tips.

The coroner says all four victims — Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle — were likely asleep when it happened. All were stabbed several times, and police say some had defensive wounds.

The Moscow Police Department said efforts would begin Friday morning to remove potential biohazards and other harmful substances that were used to collect evidence from the home where the students were murdered in mid-November.


The news conference will streamed on Youtube: