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These Are The Items Authorities Seized From University Of Idaho Murder Suspect’s Apartment

During a Dec. 30 search of Bryan Kohberger's Washington apartment, authorities recovered a black glove, store receipts, dust container from a vacuum, possible hair strands, computer tower and items stained with a reddish brown substance. 

By Jill Sederstrom
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Investigators seized a series of items from the home of a man suspected of killing four University of Idaho college students, including possible strands of hair, a disposable glove, a pillow with reddish brown stains and a computer tower, according to newly released court records.

Investigators seized the items from Bryan Kohberger's Pullman, Washington apartment last month shortly after the 28-year-old was arrested for the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, at their 1122 King Road home in Moscow, Idaho, according to court documents obtained Oxygen.com.

While applying for the application to obtain the search warrant, investigators said they believed it was likely Kohberger may have left evidence of the brutal crime, which took place in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, inside his home.

“The King Road Residence contained a significant amount of blood from the victims including spatter and castoff (blood stain pattern resulting from blood drops released from an object due to its motion) which, based on my training, makes it likely that this evidence was transferred to Kohberger’s person, clothing, or shoes,” wrote Dawn Daniels, assistant chief of the Washington State University Police Department, in the application.

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Using surveillance footage of Kohberger’s suspected vehicle and phone records, investigators believe Kohberger, a PhD student in the fields of criminal justice and criminology, likely returned to his own residence at 1630 NE Valley Rd. in Pullman, Washington after carrying out the quadruple homicide.

Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves

“At that time, it is likely that he still had blood or other trace evidence on his person/clothes/shoes, including skin cells or hair from the victims or from Goncalves’ dog. It is likely that some trace evidence was transferred to areas in his apartment through contact with the items worn during the attack,” investigators wrote.

After securing the search warrant, authorities searched the home on Dec. 30 and recovered one nitrite black glove, receipts from Walmart and Marshalls, a Dickies tag, the dust container from a vacuum, possible hair strands—including one that may have been animal—a FireTV stick with cord and a computer tower.

They also seized a “collection of dark red” spots and two cuttings from an “uncased pillow” that appeared to be a “reddish/brown stain.”

Bryan Kohberger

While at the home, authorities also collected a top and bottom mattress cover with “multiple stains.”

They did not seize any weapons from the apartment.

The search warrant does not describe any items that may have been seized separately from Kohberger’s office, CNN reports.

Kohberger was linked to the quadruple homicide after police found DNA on a leather knife sheath left on Mogen’s bed, where both Mogen and Goncalves had been found stabbed to death, according to an affidavit in the case obtained by Oxygen.com.

Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, who had been spending the night, were found  with multiple stab wounds on the home’s second floor.

Two other roommates, including one who chillingly recounted seeing a masked man inside the home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, were not physically harmed in the attack.

Evidence suggests that Kohberger may have been stalking the victims before the homicides.

Phone records placed him in the area of the King Road home on “on at least twelve occasions prior to November 13, 2022,” according to the affidavit.

He also allegedly followed the three female victims on Instagram and had repeatedly messaged one directly through the social media platform before her death, although she never responded, a source close to the investigation told People.

Police have not released a possible motive in the slayings.

Kohberger was taken into custody late last month at his parents home in Pennsylvania, where he had traveled to spend winter break. He was later extradited back to Idaho to face four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him.