Former FBI special agent details how officials identified suspect in Idaho murders

Former FBI special agent details how officials identified suspect in Idaho murders
Former FBI special agent details how officials identified suspect in Idaho murders

Ex-FBI agent sheds light on Poconos arrest of Idaho murder suspect

A suspect in the murder of four Idaho college students was arrested in the Poconos last week.

PHILADELPHIA CREAM Officials have made an arrest in the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students after a week-long search that drew national attention.

On November 13, the four students, later identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found dead in an off-campus rental house in Moscow, Idaho, according to authorities.

Autopsies revealed that all four students died after being stabbed and their manner of death was ruled homicide.

As the student murders left the university in mourning over the holidays, frustrations grew as the weeks without a suspect were detained and the community called the police to clarify the details.

Nearly seven weeks after the students were fatally stabbed, 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested by local police and FBI agents at a home owned by his parents in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary, officials say.

Idaho murders: Suspect charged with first degree murder in murder of 4 college students

Pennsylvania authorities have arrested Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, in the murder of four slain Idaho college students, who were found stabbed to death in their beds more than a month ago, the chief of Moscow police, James Fry.

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Duffey joined Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the case and how investigators identified Kohberger.

Duffey says that while little information has come in from police as the investigation continues, people familiar with the case report that the forensic evidence has helped investigators find a suspect.


Police received thousands of tips when they announced they were looking for a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was near the students’ home, according to Duffey.

He says a car of that make and model was discovered at Kohberger’s parents’ home in Pennsylvania after surveying the suspect’s home and location.

According to Kohberger, officers look for patterns and special characteristics in suspects when working on cases like this.

“You’re looking at the diagram, aren’t you? Then you go through everyone who has been identified in previous incidents and there’s this social awkwardness, there’s this inability to maintain a relationship and law enforcement has done the exact same thing here.”

His ties to Pennsylvania include studies at Northampton Community College and DeSales University and incidents at a local bar.

According to Jordan Serulneck, a bar owner in Bethlehem, said he only knew the suspect as “Bryan” since he came to the bar at DeSales University.

Serulneck says Kohberger threatened female employees and harassed female customers when he came to the bar.

“From what I remember, he was a disrespectful idiot who we dealt with promptly and professionally,” Serulneck said in a Facebook post.

Kohberger appeared before a Monroe County Court judge on Friday and is awaiting extradition.

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