Who Is Bryan Christopher Kohberger? Suspect Arrested in Idaho Murders

A 28-year-old man was taken into custody in connection to the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students, according to the Associated Press.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested by law enforcement officials on Friday morning.

"Bryan C. Kohberger, 28, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant early this morning by members of Troop N and the Special Emergency Response Team at a home in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County. Kohberger was arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge Michael Muth and remanded to Monroe County Correctional Facility pending extradition to Idaho," the Pennsylvania State Police said in the statement.

The announcement of an arrest comes over a month after Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found fatally stabbed at 1122 King Road in Moscow, Idaho. All four were students at the University of Idaho.

The Moscow Police Department has led the investigation with assistance from the Idaho State Police and local FBI offices.

For over a month, police were unable to successfully identify a suspect or person of interest in the crime, prompting widespread speculation and rumors across social media. Police also were unable to find the weapon used in the crime, but they said that a fixed-blade knife was believed to have been used.

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In this combination image, local forensics work at the Moscow, Idaho, crime scene and a file photo of the Moscow police station. On Friday, the Associated Press confirmed with law enforcement officials that 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger was taken into custody in Pennsylvania in connection with the Idaho murders. Moscow PD

Earlier this month, the Moscow Police Department announced details of a white Hyundai Elantra that they were searching for.

"Progress continues to locate the white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra believed to be in the immediate area of the King Road residence during the early morning hours of November 13th. Investigators believe the occupant(s) may have critical information to share about this case," the Moscow Police Department said in a press release on Thursday.

Throughout the ongoing investigation, police have continued to receive thousands of tips from the public and have conducted over 300 interviews. According to police, over 100 pieces of physical evidence were recovered from the crime scene and roughly 4,000 photos were taken at the scene by investigators.

The fatal stabbings were believed to have occurred in the late hours of November 13, after the four victims returned to the residence. According to police, Mogen and Goncalves returned home around 1:56 a.m. local time, while Chapin and Kernodle are believed to have returned at around 1:45 a.m. local time.

There were also two other surviving roommates in the residence, and both have been cleared by investigators.

The Moscow Police Department is expected to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon, where they will likely provide more information on the arrest.

Newsweek reached out to the Moscow Police Department and FBI offices in Pennsylvania for comment.

Update 12/30/22, 3:11 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include confirmation of the arrest by the Pennsylvania State Police.