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Source Reports Idaho Murder Suspect Cleaned Vehicle, Wore Surgical Gloves Outside Family Home

06 January 2023, Friday
The person alleged to have killed four University of Idaho students in November was reported to have completely cleaned up his car's inside and outside, and had been seen wearing surgical gloves on multiple occasions before being detained, according to a source from law enforcement speaking to CNN.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is the only person under suspicion for the stabbing deaths of students Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, who were found dead in their home near Moscow, Idaho, on November 13th.

At the time of his arrest, Kohberger, who was in pursuit of a PhD in criminal justice at Washington State University, had allegedly cleaned his car both inside and out meticulously, according to a law enforcement source, who was briefed on observations made by investigators during four days of surveillance. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted in particular the detail that was paid to not missing any area.

A surveillance team appointed to Kohberger was given two directives, as per numerous law enforcement agencies: detain him upon the release of a warrant, and attempt to acquire a sample of his DNA which could be contrasted with the DNA evidence uncovered at the scene of the crime. While Kohberger is at present in custody in Idaho awaiting his status hearing on January 12th, more information has come to light regarding his activities in the span of days prior to his arrest.

Kohberger was spotted on multiple occasions outside the Pennsylvania residence donning surgical gloves, as per a source acquainted with the law enforcement.

Prior to Kohberger's apprehension, agents reportedly observed him leaving the home belonging to his family at 4 a.m. and disposing of rubbish bags in the bins belonging to his neighbors. Subsequently, personnel recovered the trash from the Kohberger family's waste bins and what was seen as placed into the neighbors' bins, the source said.

On Friday, a SWAT team from Pennsylvania State Police conducted a "dynamic entry" into the home of the Kohberger family. This tactic is used in rare circumstances to apprehend 'high-risk' suspects. Consequently, Kohberger was extradited to Idaho and booked into the Latah County jail on Wednesday night. He appeared in court the following day and faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary. He has not yet entered a plea. The recovered items from the scene have been sent to the Idaho State Lab, according to the source.

Investigators managed to narrow down the search to Kohberger by analyzing the DNA recovered from trash located at his family home. This DNA profile corresponded to a tan leather knife sheath discovered on the bed of one of the victims. The analysis suggested that the male from whom the DNA was extracted could not be excluded as the biological father of the suspect whose DNA was identified on the sheath. The evidence suggests that only 0.0002% of the male population would be able to match the genetics of the suspect's biological father.

According to court documents, police uncovered that the accused individual's phone had been close to the victims' Moscow, Idaho, dwelling on a number of occasions starting from June 2022 up to now. Additionally, the records show Kohberger's phone was close to the location of the crime around 9:12 a.m. to 9:21 a.m. on the day the murders occurred, which was before the news of the homicides was reported to law enforcement at close to noon.

Officers at Washington State University identified a Hyundai Elantra near the victims' home at the time of their murders. It was later discovered that the car was registered to the suspect, Kohberger, who was arrested last Friday at his Pennsylvania family home. The university is approximately a 10-minute drive from the Idaho location where the crime occurred.

One of the two roommates who were not present during the attacks revealed that she had heard someone crying on the day of the incident. The probable cause affidavit also mentions a masked man dressed in black who was seen inside the house that morning.

D.M., identified in the court document, stated that she heard crying in the house that morning and a man's voice saying, 'It's okay, I'm going to help you.' Furthermore, D.M. said that she then saw a figure wearing black clothing and a mask covering their mouth and nose coming towards her.

D.M. described the figure to be at least 5'10" tall, male, not overly muscular but athletically-built, with bushy eyebrows. As she stood in a "frozen shock phase," the male passed her by and made his way towards the rear sliding glass door. After seeing him, D.M. locked herself in her room, while her roommate failed to recognize him.

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