Kaylee Goncalves’ family sees ‘connections’ to Bryan Kohberger after arrest

The family of one of the four slain at the University of Idaho said they see connections between their daughter and the suspect arrested in her murder.

University of Washington criminology student Brian Christopher Koberger, 28, was arrested by FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police officers near the Pocono Mountains early Friday morning, according to documents obtained by The independent.

He is being held for extradition on four charges of first-degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department. Mr. Kohberger’s arrest is the first major breakthrough in the Nov. 13 murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

Now, Goncalves’ family told ABC News that while they do not know the suspect, they are beginning to see connections between their daughter and Mr. Kohberger. They told the network that they are not ready to discuss those connections, but are “happy, relieved and grateful.”

Mr. Kohberger was arrested early Friday in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania – 2,500 miles from the crime scene, police said Friday at a news conference.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry and Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson said Friday they could not release details of the investigation, such as whether the suspect knew the victims, until Koberger appears in an Idaho court and the warrant is unsealed. of.

Washington State University criminology student Brian Christopher Koberger, 28, was arrested Friday

(AP)

Mr. Kohberger will have the opportunity to waive extradition, at which point the Moscow authorities will have to initiate the process.

He is expected back in court in Pennsylvania on January 3.

According to Washington State University’s website, Mr. Kohberger is a graduate student in the department of criminal justice and criminology in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is about nine miles (15 kilometers) west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Northampton Community College in Albrightstville before graduating from DeSales University in May with a master’s degree in criminal justice, according to school records.

The 185-pound suspect worked as a part-time security guard in the Pleasant Valley School District, which listed his mother as a paraprofessional, until at least August 2021, according to school program records.

Both of his sisters work as therapists, one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey.

Chief Fry said Friday that he was prevented by state law from disclosing what tipped police off to Koberger’s arrest until the suspect is extradited to Idaho.

“We have a person in custody who committed these horrific crimes and I believe the community is safe,” Mr Fry said.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21

(Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves)

The murder weapon, however, has not yet been found. Mr Fry urged anyone who knows Kohberger to contact authorities with any information about the suspect. Before his arrest, Mr Fry said the department had received more than 19,000 tips and conducted 300 interviews.

“These murders have rocked our community and no amount of arrests could ever bring these young students back together,” he said.

He added that authorities have located a Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted near the students’ apartment the night they died.

“Rest assured the work is not done, we are just getting started,” he said.

Questions swirled for nearly seven weeks after the Nov. 13 discovery of the bodies of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21. The four University of Idaho students found themselves on a campus. home the three young women shared a few blocks from campus.

Police spent the next few weeks gathering only scant details as online sleuths picked up the case, and at times, relatives of the victims criticized law enforcement for a lack of information. Moscow PD, Idaho State Police and the FBI were among the agencies that worked together to solve the murders.

Mr. Fry said Friday that he would “stand 100 percent behind the way we handled this investigation … keeping the information related to this case very, very tight. We want to have a situation where when this goes to trial, there’s no question that we’ve done everything right.”

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