The arrest of Bryan Kohberger leaves questions about the Idaho murders unanswered

Questions about the murder of four Idaho college students remain unanswered despite the arrest of suspect Bryan Kohberger on Friday.

Kohberger, 28, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and burglary in Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania — over 2,000 miles from the scene of the murders in Moscow, Idaho. University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle, both 20, were found dead after being fatally stabbed November 13 along with their 21-year-old classmates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen at an off-campus residence.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said during a Friday news conference that officials were “restricted by Idaho state law” as to what information could be released to the public.

More information, including Kohberger’s arrest warrant, is set to be released after the suspect is extradited from Pennsylvania and appears in court in Idaho. Kohberger will appear in court in Pennsylvania on January 3 before extradition.

Among the unanswered questions is the whereabouts of the weapon used in the stabbings, which police previously described as a “fixed-blade knife.”

Police found a white Hyundai Elantra at Kohberger’s Pennsylvania home, a car that has been the focus of an appeal to the public and an intense search in the weeks following the murders.

Idaho College Student Allegedly Murders Unanswered Questions
Police cars are pictured in an undated file photo. The inset shows hands holding a question mark. Unanswered questions remain about the Nov. 13 murder of four University of Idaho students despite the arrest of suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, on Friday.
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Fry said police are “still looking for all the evidence,” including the murder weapon. Details of how the car was found are “still part of the investigations that will come in the future,” he said. Police said in a press release Thursday that “progress” was being made in locating the vehicle.

Many details about Kohberger, a graduate student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and his apparent journey from Idaho to Pennsylvania are also unclear.

Fry said details of how police identified Kohberger as a suspect and appeared to be pursuing him across the country would be released “as soon as possible.”

A possible motive for the murders remains unclear. It is also not known whether Kohberger knew any of the victims. Although the suspect and victims were in different states, they lived close together as the University of Idaho is about 10 miles from Washington State University.

“[The motive] will come out as we continue the investigation,” Fry said. “What we’re still asking for is that people keep sending us things in the tip line. We are still looking for more information. We’re still trying to build this image… We’re putting all the pieces together and that will help.

Upon reaching news weekthe Moscow Police Department declined to comment. The arrest of Bryan Kohberger leaves questions about the Idaho murders unanswered

Rick Schindler

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