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Man arrested after four students killed in 'worst crime scene police have ever seen'

Daisy Phillipson

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Man arrested after four students killed in 'worst crime scene police have ever seen'

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A man has been arrested as a suspect in the gruesome Idaho college murders.

On November 13, four University of students were tragically killed in an off-campus house, leaving a crime scene that police are describing as the 'worst they've ever seen'.

Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found dead in the home they shared near the campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt confirmed last month that the cause of death in each case was murder by stabbing, saying the four students had been ‘butchered’.

Four students were tragically killed in their home last month. Credit: CBS
Four students were tragically killed in their home last month. Credit: CBS

Two other roommates were home at the time of the attack and were not injured, although they were quickly ruled out as suspects.

For a time it appeared the police were no closer to finding the perpetrator or motive. However, today (30 December) authorities confirmed they had arrested a male in Pennsylvania in connection to the murders.

Numerous law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News that the man was captured this morning in the Scranton area, with Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI helping to take him into custody.

Sources have also informed 6abc Action News the man's name is Bryan Kohberger, stating a SWAT team located him to the Pocono Mountains.

The outlet states that court documents show Kohberger had been ordered to be extradited to Idaho where he will face criminal charges.

Moscow Police Department announced it will be holding a press conference at 1:00pm local time today.

It said in a press release: "Police Chief James Fry will give an update of the ongoing investigation into the quadruple homicide that occurred at 1122 King Road on Sunday, November 13.

"Officials from the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police, the City of Moscow, and University of Idaho will be present."

The conference will be live streamed on YouTube via this link, with officials asking to 'hold all media inquiries until after the news conference'.

Madison and Kayla were spotted on CCTV hours before they were killed. Credit: Instagram/@maddiemogen
Madison and Kayla were spotted on CCTV hours before they were killed. Credit: Instagram/@maddiemogen

People across the US have been left shocked by the case, with the latest news being the first big break in the investigation.

Mabbutt previously said the killings appeared to be 'personal', given what they discovered in the autopsy, and said they may have found some 'defensive wounds' on the bodies of the victims, suggesting they fought back against their attacker.

Steve Goncalves, the grieving father of Kaylee, was previously critical of the police investigation, and had even taken matters into his own hands by hiring a private detective to try and find the perpetrator.

Speaking to the New York Post earlier this month, he suggested that the force tasked with dealing with the case were too 'inexperienced', pointing to the fact that one of the officers is just 26 years old.

“So they’re just inexperienced – and I don’t want anyone making mistakes in my child’s case," he told the outlet.

Both Kaylee and Madison were captured on CCTV footage outside a food truck in Moscow hours before their death.

Over on social media, many speculated whether a man referred to as 'Hoodie Guy' was related to the shocking crimes.

In the footage, the man appeared to be staring at the two women but not talking to them, although police also ruled him out as a suspect.

Updates about the arrest are expected in the upcoming press conference. The case is ongoing.

Topics: News, US News, Crime, Police

Daisy Phillipson
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