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FBI Seized University Of Idaho Murder Suspect Bryan Kohberger’s Underwear, Shoes, Gloves From Pennsylvania Home

Bryan Kohberger is accused of murdering University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin in November.

By Dorian Geiger
Suspect In University Of Idaho Students' Killings Arrested

Authorities confiscated multiple evidentiary items from the Pennsylvania home of Bryan Kohberger’s parents late last year, according to a newly unsealed search warrant. 

Dozens of Kohberger’s personal belongings were seized during a search warrant at the suspected University of Idaho killer’s parents’ Albrightsville, Pennsylvania home on Dec. 30, the Idaho Statesman reported, citing court documents.  

Investigators took Kohberger’s size 13 Nike shoes, a black Washington State University Cougars sweatshirt, his underwear, black socks and shorts and other items into evidence during the search, per court records. 

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Four medical-style gloves, a white T-shirt and a silver flashlight were also recovered by law enforcement. Authorities performed a DNA cheek swab on Kohberger as well. 

Kohberger, 28, is facing four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, whose bodies were discovered in an off-campus home on Nov. 13. The four students had been stabbed to death. Kohberger was arrested weeks later on Dec. 30.

Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen

Police had previously stated the accused killer had worn dark clothing and left few traces behind. Investigators added that Kohberger was allegedly seen wearing surgical gloves multiple times following the quadruple killing.

Kohberger was observed outside the family property “in the early morning hours” on Dec. 28, according to the Moscow (Idaho) Police Department and the FBI, who reported the sighting to the Pennsylvania State Troopers. State authorities later asked the court's permission to execute the search warrant at night, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“[B]ased upon the serious and violent nature of these crimes, including risk of general public safety, your Affiants are requesting a night-time search warrant be issued to execute this search warrant at any time and the affidavit of probable cause be sealed,” court records stated.

Bryan Kohberger sits with his attorney

The search of Kohberger’s parents’ residence came the same day authorities also carried out a search of his Pullman, Washington apartment. During that search, investigators located possible strands of hair, a disposable glove, a pillow with reddish-brown stains and a computer tower, according to earlier court documents.

DNA found in the garbage by FBI agents at Kohberger’s family’s residence before he was taken into police custody allegedly linked him to the four university students’ murders. Specifically, a DNA profile extracted from items in the trash allegedly matched a knife sheath that was left at the scene of the quadruple homicide. The knife used in the killings hasn’t yet been recovered by police.

Kohberger, a PhD student studying criminal justice at nearby Washington State University, didn’t know the four victims, investigators said, though authorities have stated they believe he may have been stalking at least one of the victims in the weeks leading up to the killings. Following the 28-year-old’s arrest, law enforcement announced they were probing the possibility Kohberger could be involved in other cold cases in the state.

Kohberger previously waived his right to a speedy trial. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 26. If convicted, he faces life in prison or the possibility of the death penalty.

Earlier this month, University of Idaho officials announced the off-campus house where the murders occurred would be demolished.