UPDATED: Quadruple Moscow Murder Suspect In Custody
According to the Moscow Police Department, 28-year-old Bryan Kohlberger was arrested this morning in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania on a warrant for first-degree murder. According to ABC News, a SWAT Team of the Pennsylvania State Police entered his location to make the arrest.
The murder occurred in the early hours of November 13. After a 9-1-1 call from a survivor inside an off-campus sorority house, Police found Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin stabbed to death on the second and third floors.
Kohlberger is a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he also has an apartment. WSU and the University of Idaho's campuses are roughly fifteen minutes apart. Kohlberger appeared before a Pennsylvania judge this morning and will have to decide whether to waive extradition. According to Moscow Police Chief James Fry, extradition could take "a long time."
Chief Fry addressed the lack of information to the media leading up to the arrest as vital to the process by saying, "We didn't want to taint the investigation or alert our suspect," and that he is "100% in favor of how they handled the case."
Over 19,000 tips came into the Moscow Police Department, which led to 300 interviews. They could not share the evidence that swayed them in Bryan Kohlbergers direction because Idaho state law prohibits the department from releasing information before presented to the suspect. That means the lack of communication will continue to be frustrating until Kohlberger appears in front of a judge in Latah County, Idaho.
Kohlberger will appear in court on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where he is being held without bond on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. They have not released any information about the motive or the relationship to the victims.
Chief Fry told reporters that he had talked to the victims' families to inform them of the arrest. "We have the person who committed these horrible crimes in custody," he said when asked if students at the University of Idaho should still be concerned about their safety. Idaho State Troopers will remain on campus in the upcoming semester.
While law enforcement officials wouldn't get into the specifics of the investigation, they did say that they have found "a white Hyundai Elantra." The vehicle is vital evidence that the department had asked the public for information over the past several weeks. The car was speeding away from the area on a camera around the time of the murders.
While the Moscow Police seem confident, they confirmed that they haven't found the murder weapon and asked the public for as much information as possible about their suspect, Bryan Kohlberger. "Any and all information" could be helpful to the department as they continue investigating the case. At the court's request, the cleanup of the house where the murders occurred has stopped.