Murder suspect's search warrant in killings of 4 Idaho students released by police
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Tribune Content Agency LLC / Alamy
Police have unsealed a search warrant which reveals the items seized during the search of Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger's family home.
On 13 November, 2022, four students - Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin - who were enrolled at the University of Idaho were stabbed to death in their accommodation located off-campus.
On 29 December, a search warrant application was filed in Pennsylvania’s Monroe County court which resulted in 28-year-old Washington State University criminology graduate student Bryan Kohberger's family residence, garage and his car being searched by authorities on 30 December. Another search warrant was filed the same day to search the suspect's apartment in Pullman, Washington.
While the findings of the Washington search were made public last month, the search warrant's findings from Kohberger's family residence were unsealed yesterday (Tuesday, 28 February).
The recently unsealed search warrant revealed during their search of Kohberger's family's property on 30 December investigators seized nine different items.
The items included clothes: A pair of black Under Armor shorts, a pair of black and white size 13 Nike shoes, a large white t-shirt.
Four medical-style gloves, one Defiant-brand silver flashlight were also collected by authorities and a buccal swab - a way to collect DNA samples for testing - was taken at the scene too.
When authorities searched Kohberger's Washington apartment they seized strands of hair, a Fire TV stick and a pillow with a 'reddish/brown stain' alongside a 'collection of dark red' spotting.
After the searches of Kohberger's family home and apartment were carried out, the 28-year-old was arrested later the same day.
Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary.
Earlier this year, prosecutors released an affidavit written by police officer Brett Payne which claims Kohberger's mobile phone was near the four students' home 12 times in the month before their death.
The affidavit states Kohberger's phone was located near his apartment in Washington on the night of the murders, but at 2:47am was tracked heading south before the location became unavailable - either as a result of the phone being placed on airplane mode or the device being switched off completely, according to the FBI.
A white Hyundai Elantra was also reported as having been spotted near the crime scene on the day of the murders by Moscow police. It was discovered Kohberger was pulled over by police, having just left the area where the four students lived, on 21 August, 2022 in a a white Hyundai Elantra.
Just five days after the students' murders, Kohberger is also reported as having changed the license plate on his vehicle, as per the Independent.
Kohberger's preliminary hearing is currently set to be held in June, 2023.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677