Murders in Idaho: Search warrant reveals what police found in suspect’s apartment


A pillow with a ‘reddish/brown stain’. A “collection of dark red spots.” A disposable glove. At least a dozen strands of hair.

These are just some of the items investigators seized from the apartment of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, the former doctoral student charged with the murder of four University of Idaho college students, according to a search warrant issued Wednesday, Jan. has been released.

The warrant was served on Dec. 30, the same day Kohberger was arrested at his family home in Pennsylvania.

Included in the items taken from Kohberger’s apartment in Pullman, Washington, according to the warrant, were a stained mattress cover, a computer tower, several receipts, the dust container of a “Bissell Power Force” vacuum cleaner, a “Fire TV” stick with a cord and plug, and what is described as one “possible strand of animal hair”.

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The other hair samples were not specifically identified as human in the warrant signed by Washington State University assistant police chief Dawn Daniels. Nor does the document mention whether anyone was tested.

Investigators have said it is likely that the person who killed the four students was spattered by blood in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 massacre in the small college town of Moscow, Idaho.

Four days after Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison May, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found dead, Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt said they were likely attacked with a large knife and died of multiple stab wounds.

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Police also searched Kohberger’s office at WSU, where he was pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal law and was a teaching assistant, but took nothing, the documents show.

The quadruple murder shocked the country and hampered police for seven weeks before Kohberger was arrested.

He has not yet made a plea to kill the students.

But the four charges of first-degree murder carry sentences ranging from life to death.

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The document describing the physical evidence seized from Kohberger’s apartment came in the wake of revelations that police had used male TBEN found on a leather knife sheath found at a crime scene — and compared it to samples found in the trash from the suspect’s family home in Pennsylvania – to connect the WSU grad student to the murders.

Police have not found what they believe to be the murder weapon. Nor have they revealed a motive.

Kohberger is expected to face a preliminary hearing in June.

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