Crime scene cleanup was a ‘clue’ Idaho Murders Solved: Ex-FBI Agent

Retired FBI agent Jennifer Coffinaffer said the crime scene cleanup was the “clue” that led to the arrest of Bryan Christopher Kohberger Friday in connection with the four University of Idaho stabbings.

Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release Friday that 28-year-old Kohberger was arrested early this morning in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, on a warrant for evading justice. The state police received support from the City of Moscow, the Idaho Police Department, the Idaho State Police and the FBI.

A SWAT team took the suspect into custody, ABC News reported. After Moscow police announced on Thursday that they would send a cleaning team to the scene on Friday, property managers said that plan was put on hold.

The announcement of an arrest comes over a month after college students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found dead at a home on King Road in Moscow, Idaho .

Sargaffe tells news week that when she found out that the crime scene cleanup had been postponed, it was a likely indication of a major break in the case.

“That’s something you do towards the end when you really think you have all the evidence you need. … What’s really interesting now is that they stopped cleaning,” she said. “Why could they stop cleaning? Could (Kohberger) cooperate? Could he tell (the authorities) something about what he did or (what) he left behind?”

Idaho News 6 reported via tweet that it independently confirmed that Kohberger is a graduate student in criminology at Washington State University at Pullman.

news week was unable to independently verify this information.

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Moscow Police Chief James Fry speaks Friday after the arrest of murder suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, in Pennsylvania. A retired FBI agent said one “lead” that led to Kohberger’s arrest concerned the lack of a cleanup team at the scene. (City of Moscow)

Coffinaffer said reports of the suspect’s academic background make them “almost think he’s talking,” adding that someone in that field usually knows better than to say more than a word to authorities when they’re trying to getting away with an alleged crime.

Aside from the revelations about the crime scene cleanup, Coffinaffer noted the behavior of Moscow police chief James Fry over the past few days, which she described as “not jovial but confident”.

It led her to believe that the authorities involved in the case had identified a suspect.

“Everything about him was different at his last press conferences,” she said.

DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, issued a statement Friday confirming that Kohberger received a bachelor’s degree from the college in June 2020. In 2022 he completed his postgraduate studies there.

“As a Catholic Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” the university said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims at this difficult time.”

Kohberger was arraigned Friday before acting District Judge Michael Muth and was committed to the Monroe County Correctional Facility pending extradition to Idaho. Crime scene cleanup was a ‘clue’ Idaho Murders Solved: Ex-FBI Agent

Rick Schindler

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