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Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania for killings of 4 University of Idaho students

The man arrested is Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, according to state and local officials and court documents.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Pennsylvania on a first-degree murder warrant issued in connection with the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students whose bodies were found in a rental home near campus last month, according to court documents obtained by News 4 Friday and multiple law enforcement sources.

Bryan Kohberger was taken into custody Friday in Monroe County's Chestnuthill Township by the Pennsylvania State Police, with the assistance of the FBI, court records and sources confirm.

Kohberger, a Pennsylvania resident, is expected to be extradited to Idaho, early next week to face charges in the case that has both captivated and mystified the globe.

He is the first to be named a suspect in the killings since they happened. There was no early information on a possible motive, nor was it immediately clear if he had retained an attorney. Kohberger is awaiting preliminary arraignment, the court documents say.

The Moscow Police Department, which received more than 13,000 tips related to the case, in addition to thousands of digital media submissions, didn't immediately confirm the apprehension Friday. The chief of police, along with university officials, are expected to provide an update on the case at a 4 p.m. ET news briefing.

Few details have been released publicly in the gruesome Nov. 13 slayings of 21-year-olds Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, and 20-year-olds Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The four friends, members of the university’s Greek system, were discovered across the street from campus, leaving the small town of Moscow, Idaho, deeply shaken.

A person of interest in the slaying of four University of Idaho students has been arrested in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Moscow police had said they were looking for a white Hyundai Elantra believed to be in the immediate area of the King Road residence early on the morning the students were believed to have been killed. A few days before Christmas, they said a white sedan found in Eugene, Oregon, was not connected to the murders. Two senior law enforcement officials say a white Elantra was taken away from the Pennsylvania home where Kohberger was apprehended Friday.

The King Street residence remains an active crime scene under police control, authorities said this week.

The killings have drawn worldwide attention, especially among true crime aficionados. That's likely because so few facts have been released about the case, said Julie Wiest, a sociology professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an expert on extreme violence in media.

“Usually by now, there’s more facts that have been released by law enforcement, so I could see that ramping up the sort of digging and almost grasping at straws by people," Wiest said. "It’s not that typical, except in high-profile cold cases, where you might see people digging in that way.”

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