FBI surveilled Idaho murder suspect taking out the trash from his parents’ home and put it in their neighbor’s bin at 4 am, while wearing surgical gloves
Agents retrieved items that link him with biological evidence left at the crime scene, through genealogical matching
Bryan Kohberger, 28, is accused of slaying Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle both 20
He was arrested after it was confirmed that his dad’s DNA matched that found on a knife sheath recovered from the crime scene at 99.9998 percent
Kohberger, seen smiling in court Thursday after being denied bail, insists he will be exonerated, even as the bombshell case files revealed his DNA was found at the crime scene
If convicted, the PHD student faces the death penalty for the murders of the four University of Idaho students
Held without bail, his next scheduled court appearance is on Jan. 12
Newly released investigation details say an FBI surveillance team watching Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger, employed genealogy DNA matching to zero in on the quadruple-homicide suspect, before his arrest.
Bryan Kohberger appeared on Wednesday in court charged with the four murders as well as a felony burglary after being extradited to Idaho following his arrest in Pennsylvania.
Agents who had been following the 28-year-old criminologist for four days, watched him take out the trash at his parent’s house in the Poconos wearing surgical gloves at 4am, before dumping it in a neighbor’s bin.
The newly released details reveal the officers had been tasked with tracking the suspect, ready to arrest him as soon as a warrant was issued as well as trying to get hold of an object to compare DNA to a sample recovered from the crime scene.
He was also seen cleaning the inside and outside of his car, with the source adding that he didn’t ‘miss an inch’.
Law enforcement saw him multiple times outside of his parent’s $250,000 Pennsylvania home wearing surgical gloves.
According to a CNN report, Kohberger wore surgical gloves while taking out the bags, and was even seen putting trash into his neighbor’s bins at around 4am, on December 27.
Items the agents retrieved items from both his family home and the neighbors were sent to the Idaho State Lab.
The suspect was arrested after tests confirmed the suspect’s DNA match after comparison with that found on a knife sheath recovered from the crime scene through genealogical match with Kohberger’s father’s DNA, which returned a 99.9998 percent match.
Responding officers to the crime scene, found the USMC sheath button next to the bodies of Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen.
Further aiding the investigation was the image a suspicious vehicle spotted at the residence of the victims at the time of the crime, a white Hyundai Elantra. It helped cops zero in on a possible suspect.
The investigators also obtained the alleged killer’s phone records. Cops detailed his every move on the day of the killings, helped by surveillance footage of his car and cell site data from his phone.
Kohberger allegedly staked out the property on twelve occasions before the murders, according to the phone records.
Damning evidence from a newly-unsealed affidavit now shows how police were able to link him to the crime scene – after he ‘stalked’ the college home twelve times before the murders.
The suspect it is alleged, also returned to the crime scene five hours later.
PhD student Kohberger, 28, lived eight miles from the murder scene in Moscow, Idaho, and drove the white Hyundai Elantra cops were looking to trace.
And with the help of genetic genealogy, cell phone data, CCTV footage, and evidence left at the crime scene, they were able to hunt down their suspect and charge him with the quadruple murder.
An unsealed probable cause affidavit yesterday revealed how cops painstakingly tracked down the alleged killer.
The timeline issued by police indicates that Kohberger managed to break into the house and kill al four victims within a 15-minute period, before his car was seen speeding off in surveillance footage.
Phone records show that Kohberger went close to the property just five hours after the murders were committed – with his phone being turned off during the time of the murders.
It was around this time, after 4.20am, that a white Hyundai Elantra was observed on surveillance cameras leaving the vicinity of the crime – but the absence of a front license plate made it harder for police to track down its owner.
According to police, there are generally ‘a very limited number of vehicles’ that enter and exit this residential neighborhood in the early hours of the morning. But the white sedan was one of them spotted past the house four times.
They said it was traveling at ‘high speed.’
The court papers include details on how Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath close to the bodies of Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
FBI agents matched the DNA to Kohberger after getting a DNA sample taken from the trash at his house in Pennsylvania.
Documents also detail how a surviving roommate, Dylan Mortensen, came face-to-face with a masked man believed to be Kohberger in the hallway of their shared home around the time of the killings, shortly after 4am.
Mortensen heard what she believed to be her roommate crying, left her room and saw a man in a black mask with bushy eyebrows.
She froze with fear, and watched as he walked past, then waited six hours before calling cops.
The document also reveals that a shoe print was found in the mud outside the murders house, just outside the sliding door that Mortensen said was used by the killer to escape.
Police studied that shoe print and found a ‘diamond pattern’ which is consistent with the sole of a Vans shoe.
It’s unclear if Kohberger owns Vans – the affidavit does not confirm the discovery of any shoe that has a sole print similar the one found at the scene.
The affidavit also reveals how Kohberger turned his phone off on the night of the murders in an attempt to cover his tracks before the murders.
Police who believe that Kohberger deliberately tried to hide his location during the murders, zeroed in on Kohberger by linking his white Hyundai Elantra to the scene, and then using his phone number to track his movements.
He even returned to the scene of the crime at 9am on November 13 – just hours after he allegedly committed the quadruple murders.
Officials have not revealed the exact dates that he canvassed the three-story property but confirmed that in August, he was pulled over just two minutes after leaving the area covered by the cell phone tower closest to the home.
A Latah County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on August 21 at 11.37pm as part of a traffic stop – in which he provided his number.
Because of the series of traffic stops, officers were able to link both the car and the phone number to Kohberger, and look up each time his device pinged the tower closest to the property.
The suspect is also accused of stalking the students and visiting the property or the area at least 12 times before the slayings on November 13. The outcome of police combing through his phone records, though undisclosed may suggest that Kohberger had been stalking the victims for months before the killings, under the guise of darkness.
He appeared in court charged with the four murders as well as a felony burglary after being extradited to Idaho. The defendant only spoke to confirm his name and that he had representation during a hearing in Moscow, Idaho, on Thursday.
Kohberger previously insisted that he would be ‘exonerated’ to his lawyer in Pennsylvania.
Kaylee Goncalves’ parents have now publicly said that they back the death penalty in the case, as they feel it is the only way to get justice.
Kohberger remains behind bars in Idaho awaiting his January 12 status hearing, after his bail was refused on Thursday.
If convicted, Kohberger is facing the death penalty for the murders of the four University of Idaho students.