Police arrest suspect in murder of four Idaho university studentson December 30, 2022 at 6:46 pm

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The arrest comes six weeks after four students were found stabbed to death in their beds.

Murder victims Madison Mogen and Xana KernodleImage source, Mad Greek

US police have arrested a suspect in the mysterious killings of four university students in the state of Idaho over six weeks ago, reports say.

Police named the man as Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28. He was arrested in Pennsylvania over 2,500 miles (4,020km) from the crime scene.

The students were found stabbed to death in their beds in a rental home near the campus on 13 November.

Idaho police plan to hold a news conference later on Friday.

Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were all found dead in their home in the small university city of Moscow, in northern Idaho.

In the weeks after their deaths family members of the victims have voiced frustration with the investigation’s progress.

The suspect is being held in Monroe County, Pennsylvania

Image source, CBS/ Monroe County Correction Facility

Investigators say they have so far reviewed more than 16,500 tips from the public, as well as 113 pieces of physical evidence taken from the crime scene.

They have also examined “approximately 4,000 photographs” and conducted over 250 interviews.

Earlier this month, even more tips began pouring in as they asked the public for help finding a white Hyundai Elantra car that was seen near the home on the day of the murders.

According to NBC, a car matching that vehicle’s description was recovered by police during Mr Kohberger’s arrest.

Last week, the chief of police in Moscow said that online sleuths spreading falsehoods about the investigation were creating issues for police.

“Tracking down rumours and quelling rumours about specific individuals or specific events that may or may not have happened is a huge distraction for investigators and oftentimes is the result of social media propagation,” said Captain Roger Lanier.

According to the police, Mr Kohberger was arrested near the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania on Friday by state police and FBI agents. He was found and arrested at his parents home in Albrightsville, officials tell CBS, the BBC’s US partner.

They add that he is expected to be extradited to Idaho to face homicide charges.

Online records show that he graduated from Washington State University with a degree in criminology.

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