Idaho murders: Police tracked suspect across country and surveilled parents’ house

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This photo provided by the Monroe County Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger. (Monroe County Correctional Facility via AP)

Idaho murders: Police tracked suspect across country and surveilled parents’ house

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Police tracked the prime suspect in the Idaho quadruple killings across the country before his arrest, law enforcement officers say.

After becoming a suspect through DNA evidence and his ownership of a white Hyundai Elantra, matching the description of the vehicle spotted near the crime scene, Bryan Kohberger was carefully tracked driving across the country by police, two law enforcement sources told CNN. After arriving at his parents’ house in Pennsylvania, he was further surveilled by an FBI team until his arrest on Friday. A surveillance team was also watching the house prior to his arrival.

Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, who is representing Kohberger, said that Kohberger’s father drove out west to pick up his son and that they arrived in Pennsylvania on Dec. 17. That would mean that the FBI surveilled the house for nearly two weeks before arresting Kohberger.

The long surveillance time was apparently needed for law enforcement to build up the case properly in order to arrest Kohberger.

Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry told Fox News that officials are convinced they have the right man.

“We truly believe we have the individual that committed these crimes,” Fry said, dismissing the possibility of accomplices.

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Fry didn’t delve into whether Kohberger knew the victims, saying that police are working through further tips to build a full profile.

“You know, that’s part of that investigation that we’re still putting pieces together. We’re still gathering information,” he added. “That’s why we’ve still asked people, you know, send us tips on the individual, send us any information you have because that’s all going to be part of that picture. Still, it’s going to give us even more information.”


LaBar, Kohberger’s lawyer, says that his client is innocent.

“Mr. Kohberger is eager to be exonerated of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as promptly as possible,” he said to CNN.

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