DNA found on knife sheath in Idaho student killings: Court docs

Suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, is expected to appear in court for the first time at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

SEATTLE — Investigators reportedly found DNA on knife sheaths and used cell phone data to track down the suspect in the November murders of four University of Idaho students.

According to the documents, investigators found a knife sheath, with the word “Ka-Bar” ‘USMC’ and a U.S. Marines eagle globe and anchor insignia stamped on the outside of it, in bedroom of one of the victims, a DNA sample of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger on the cover.

Investigators are also said to have obtained multiple videos from the King Road neighborhood in Moscow, Idaho that allegedly show Kohberger’s Hyundai Elantra driven multiple times starting at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 13. Court documents say the vehicle was seen leaving the area at high speed. speed at around 4:20 am

Investigators also used cell phone data to show a number belonging to Kohberger using a cell tower “near” the victim’s whereabouts between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on May 13. 11. Investigators were also able to corroborate cell phone data by the route Kohberger’s vehicle had followed multiple surveillance videos.

The documents say cell phones were found near the victims’ homes at least 12 times before November 13.

Kohberger was transferred from Pennsylvania State Police custody to Idaho on Wednesday morning, where he faces four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary.

Kohberger is scheduled to appear in court for the first time at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Kohberger gave up her extradition rights at trial in Monroe County, Penn. on Tuesday. He was arrested in the early morning of December 30, 2022. The arrest came nearly seven weeks after the students’ bodies were found in a house off campus.

Students – Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; and Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington – were found stabbed to death on November 13 in a rental home.

FBI agents tracked Kohberger from Washington state to eastern Pennsylvania for several days before his arrest. According to investigators, Kohberger and his father made the 2,500-mile trip in a white Hyundai of the same make and model as the vehicle discovered near the crime scene.

On December 31, Kohberger’s attorney in Pennsylvania, Jason LaBar, said his client “looks forward to being exonerated.”

In a statement, Kohberger’s family said they support his presumption of innocence but are also “deeply concerned for the four families who have lost their precious children.”

“No words can adequately describe the sadness we feel, and we pray every day for them,” the family said.

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Edmund DeMarche

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