Idaho student murders: ID connected to murders found in Kohberger home searches

Bryan Kohberger
FILE – Bryan Kohberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, looks toward his attorney, during a hearing in Latah County District Court, Jan. 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Defense attorneys Kohberger, the man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death, have asked the Idaho Supreme Court to keep a gag order in place. The attorneys say a challenge to the order filed by 30 news organizations is premature and that media coverage of the case has been “twisted.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool,File) Ted S. Warren/AP

Idaho student murders: ID connected to murders found in Kohberger home searches

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An ID connected to the four college student murders in Moscow, Idaho, was found during a search of Bryan Kohberger’s residences, according to a new report.

Police had seized IDs from Kohberger’s car, though it is unknown yet to whom the IDs belonged to, a search warrant unsealed earlier this year revealed. The report adds further intrigue to Kohberger’s suspected involvement in the murder of Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, which occurred in November 2022, according to NewsNation.

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“It’s a big deal,” said retired FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer. “That is a smoking license. Just like the sheath was a smoking sheath found next to Maddie with his DNA on that clasp, it’s the same thing in this situation. Why would he have an ID related to one of those people from that house?”

Police would not confirm the details of the IDs due to a gag order in the case. However, attorney Mark Geragos argues that the ID would be a “hurdle” for Kohberger’s defense if it is presented in court.

Pennsylvania authorities are investigating Kohberger, 28, for his potential involvement in other outstanding homicides, NewsNation revealed on Wednesday.

Kohberger was arrested by police at his parent’s home in Pennsylvania roughly six weeks after the quadruple murder. Police used DNA evidence left on a knife sheath at the scene of the crime to link him to the murders, according to court documents.

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Police seized several items when they conducted their search of Kohberger’s Pennsylvania home when they arrested him on Dec. 30, including a knife, pocket knife, and a Glock handgun with three magazines, according to court documents. Police also took several items from his car, including a door panel, seat cushions, headrests, a seatbelt, a visor, brake and gas pedals, a band-aid, and “maps and documents.”

One of the surviving victims told police that she saw a figure dressed in black clothing, hat, and mask leaving her home on the night of the murders. Her description of the figure’s face also matched Kohberger’s.

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