Student Murders in Idaho: A Timeline of Murders and Arrests

Student Murders in Idaho: A Timeline of Murders and Arrests

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Four University of Idaho students are found stabbed to death on November 13, 2022. What led the officers to make an arrest in the case? See key dates in the investigation.

Murder victim in Idaho
Police were responding to a report of an unconscious person received around 11:58am on Sunday 13 November. There, members of the Moscow Police Department found four University of Idaho students dead on the second and third floors of the house. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle were roommates who lived in the house, while the fourth victim, Ethan Chapin, did not live there but was with Kernodle. Two other housemates lived in the home but were not assaulted, and police said they believe they overslept the killings

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Nov. 13, 2022: Off-campus murders

Four University of Idaho students are found dead at the off-campus home where three of the victims lived in Moscow, Idaho. They had been brutally stabbed. The victims are identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

Student murder scene in Idaho
The off-campus residence where the four students were found dead on November 13. Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves shared the residence with two other housemates who were unharmed.

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Nov. 15, 2022: The murder weapon

The Moscow Police Department issues a statement saying a “sharp weapon such as a knife” was used in the killings. No murder weapon was found.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry
On November 16, three days after the murders, the Moscow police held their first press conference. Police Chief James Fry says the killing of four University of Idaho students was a targeted attack.

Moscow Police Department YouTube

Nov. 16, 2022: Police press conference

Moscow police hold a press conference on the killings. Police Chief James Fry speaks of a targeted attack. “We currently have no suspect and that person is still out there.”

Nov 17, 2022: Cause of death

The Latah County Coroner’s Office reports that the victims were likely asleep when they were stabbed with a large knife. Some even had defensive injuries.

Nov 18, 2022: Tracking the final steps of the victims

Map of victims' whereabouts in Idaho on November 13, 2022

Moscow Police Department

Police are releasing an aerial map showing the times and locations where the victims were during the night of November 12, 2022 and the early hours of November 13, 2022. Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at the corner club between 10 p.m. and 10 p.m. 1:30 a.m. and then went to a food truck at 1:40 p.m. Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle attended a Sigma Chi Party between 8pm and 9pm and were home by 1:45am

Nov 19, 2022: The hunt for a suspect

Investigators say they do not believe the driver who brought two of the victims – Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen – home on the night of the murders is involved in the crime.

Nov 20, 2022: Others deleted

Detectives say they don’t believe the surviving roommates or friends who were visiting the home at the time of the murders were involved.

Kaylee Gonvales
Investigators have tracked “hundreds of pieces of information” about the possibility that Kaylee Goncalves has a stalker, but have not been able to “verify or identify” any potential person of interest, the Moscow Police Department said in a press release.

Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves

Nov 22, 2022: Possible stalker?

Investigators extensively examined information obtained about one of the victims, Kaylee Goncalves, with a stalker. They were unable to verify or identify a stalker.

November 25, 2022: Physical evidence

To date, investigators have collected 113 pieces of physical evidence and sent it to the Idaho State Police Crime Laboratory. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has earmarked up to $1 million for the ongoing investigation.

November 30, 2022: Vigil for the students

the The University of Idaho is holding a vigil in honor of the murdered students. “The most important message we have for you and your families is to spend as much time as possible with these people,” Stacy Chapin, mother of victim Ethan Chapin, told those gathered.

December 7, 2022: A possible clue

Police say they are interested in speaking to the driver of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra was sighted near the scene at the time of the murders.

Police released new bodycam video of Bryan Kohberger and his father being stopped twice in Indiana while on a road trip home to Pennsylvania in December. The video was taken at his family’s home more than two weeks before Kohberger’s arrest.

Indiana State Police

15 Dec 2022: Traffic stop

A The soldier’s body cam captures a white Hyundai Elantra that was pulled over twice for driving violations in Indiana. The driver is 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, who is accompanied by his father. They drove home from Washington State University to the family home in Pennsylvania for the winter break.

December 18, 2022: Footage released

Surveillance footage of victims Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen surfaced hours before the murders as they walked downtown discussing a man named Adam.

December 20, 2022: The search for an interesting vehicle

Investigators speak with a Hyundai Elantra owner in Eugene, Oregon. The vehicle was involved in a collision and was impounded. The owner is believed to have no connection with Moscow, Idaho.

26-29 December 2022: Reports of FBI involvement

An FBI team is reported to have been monitoring Adam, the man two of the victims talked about the night they were killed, for a few days.

APTOPIX Four Dead University of Idaho
On Friday, December 30, 2022, 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger was held for extradition in a criminal murder investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.


December 30, 2022: One arrest

The police announce Bryan Kohberger’s arrest in Albrightsville, Pa., for the murder of University of Idaho students. He faces four counts of burglary and first-degree murder. Kohberger was a Ph.D. Student at Washington State University, which is about 8 miles from the crime scene in Moscow, Idaho. Law enforcement say they could have used forensic analysis to link Kohberger to the crime scene.

Bryan Kohberger
Bryan Kohberger, accused of killing four University of Idaho students, is escorted to an extradition hearing outside the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

AP photos

January 3, 2022: extradition hearing

At a hearing in Pennsylvania, Kohberger renounces his extradition to Moscow, Idaho.

January 4, 2022: Suspect arrives in Idaho

Bruno Kohberger is brought to Idaho. The judge issues a gag order, prohibiting officials and others involved from speaking about it.

January 5, 2022: Court documents released

Officials release one statutory declaration in the case against Bryan Kohberger. Among the findings:

  • A witness claims She saw a figure “5’10 or taller, male, not very muscular” dressed in black clothing and a mask on the night of the murders. She said the masked figure walked towards the black sliding glass door and locked himself in her room.
  • the DNS found the snap of a leather knife sheath at the crime scene appears to be a close match to DNA found in trash at the Kohberger family residence in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
  • Investigators believe the killings took place between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m
  • Kohberger applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department and said in his application essay that he had an interest in helping rural law enforcement with hose to better collect and analyze technological data.
  • Investigators checked the movements of Kohberger’s phone and it stops reporting a signal at 2:47 a.m. and appears to turn back on at 4:48 a.m. This means the phone may have been in an area with no cell service or the phone may have been turned off.

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