Bryan Kohberger, accused of murdering four University of Idaho students, changed his license plates just days after the crime. news week have learned.
According to a, the Hyundai Elantra that Kohberger drove was registered in Pennsylvania for years news week Review of Carfax documents. Kohberger was pulled over by officers from the Latah County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho in August, and the citation shows the 2015 Hyundai Elantra had a Pennsylvania license plate, but it was changed on Nov. 18, five days after the students were killed .
CarFax documents show the registration changed on November 18, 2022 from Pennsylvania, where his parents live, to Washington, and a news week A public records request with the Washington State Department of Licensing showed that the white Hyundai Elantra’s license plates were changed on November 19.
Christine Anthony, communications manager at the Washington State Department of Licensing, confirmed this news week on Wednesday that Kohberger could not have had Washington license plates if the car he was driving was still registered in Pennsylvania.
Washington state law requires drivers to register their vehicle within 30 days of moving to the state. But, said Jennifer Coffinaffer, a former FBI agent news week that the timing of Kohberger’s record change “is certainly interesting”.
“I think he started to worry that he was using his vehicle in the commission of this crime and probably wanted to change the license plates so it would be in a completely different condition now if anyone saw it,” Coffinaffer said news week.
On December 15, Kohberger and his father were pulled over by an Indiana State Police officer. Body camera footage Traffic control obtained by NewsNation’s Brian Entin shows the license plate as CFB8708, which documents say is the same number assigned to the car on November 18 news week obtain.
During another traffic stop that same day, Kohberger confirmed to the officer that he was the owner of the vehicle and explained that he was driving from Washington to Pennsylvania.
After the police officer asked him to clarify information about where he was going, Kohberger’s father explained that they might be a little “punchy” because they drove for hours. This stop by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office preceded the stop by the Indiana State Police and The video was also obtained from Entin.
Two weeks after Kohberger and his father started the drive home, the 28-year-old was arrested for the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle. The four University of Idaho students were found fatally stabbed to death in an off-campus apartment building on the morning of November 13.
The case drew national interest, and attention turned to the white Hyundai Elantra after information about it was released by the Moscow Police Department on December 7.
The Moscow Police Department announced that the vehicle had been in the area of the King Road residence where the killings took place in the early hours of November 13. They gathered thousands of leads about the vehicle, and several people suspected it had been identified in Oregon. but the tip turned out to be inaccurate.
It wasn’t until Kohberger was arrested that police announced they had found a white Hyundai Elantra that they suspected was involved in the crime.
Kohberger was found not guilty by a court and is currently being transported from Pennsylvania back to Idaho where he will face four counts of first-degree murder.
https://www.newsweek.com/bryan-kohberger-switched-license-plates-after-idaho-murders-1771406 Bryan Kohberger changed his license plate after the Idaho murders