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Idaho murders: Suspect arrested in killings of 4 university students, law enforcement source says

MOSCOW, Idaho – Authorities have arrested a suspect in the November 13 murder of four University of Idaho students, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News Digital.

Brian Christopher Coberger, 28, was taken into custody by local police and the FBI at 3 a.m. in Scranton, Pennsylvania, law enforcement sources said Friday.

Koberger has been charged with first degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department and the Lata County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Zana Carnold, 20, Cary Goncalves, 21, and Madison. was sought for extradition by the Monroe County Court. Mogen, 21 years old.

The suspect is a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, according to the university’s website. Pullman is a 15-minute drive from the rental home where four students were stabbed to death.

This photo courtesy of the Monroe County, Pennsylvania Correctional Facility shows Brian Coberger.  Coberger, 28, was found guilty of murder for the murder of four University of Idaho students, based on an affirmative arrest, according to arrest papers filed in Monroe County Court by the Pennsylvania State Police on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. He was detained for extradition during an investigation. First-degree murder warrant issued by the Moscow Police Department and the Rutter County Public Prosecutor's Office.

This photo courtesy of the Monroe County, Pennsylvania Correctional Facility shows Brian Coberger. Coberger, 28, was found guilty of murder for the murder of four University of Idaho students, based on an affirmative arrest, according to arrest papers filed in Monroe County Court by the Pennsylvania State Police on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. He was detained for extradition during an investigation. First-degree murder warrant issued by the Moscow Police Department and the Rutter County Public Prosecutor’s Office.
(via Monroe County, Pennsylvania Correctional Facility AP)

Brian Christopher Coberger, 28, has been arrested in connection with four murders in Moscow, Idaho.

Brian Christopher Coberger, 28, has been arrested in connection with four murders in Moscow, Idaho.
(Washington State University)

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Moscow, Idaho to announce the decisive conclusion of the case.

University of Idaho Murder Timeline: What We Know About the Massacre of Four Students

University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20. Zana Karnodol, 20 years old. Madison Morgen, 21 years old. Cary Gonsalves, 21 years old.

University of Idaho student Ethan Chapin, 20. Zana Karnodol, 20 years old. Madison Morgen, 21 years old. Cary Gonsalves, 21 years old.
(Jazzmin Kernodle via AP/Instagram/@kayleegoncalves)

A white Hyundai Elantra was towed from the home where the suspect was arrested, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

A mysterious murder initially baffled investigators and deeply disturbed a small university town of 25,000 people.

According to coroners and police, each of the four students was stabbed multiple times in the torso and was likely ambushed in their sleep with a large fixed-blade knife between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m.

The two surviving female roommates who lived in the basement had apparently survived the gruesome attack and slept through it.

Authorities said shortly before noon, a roommate called a friend to the house because he believed one of the victims on the second floor had passed out.

Idaho Murders: Inside off-campus home where four students were killed

Police responded to a 911 call reporting an unconscious person at 11:58 a.m. from one of the surviving roommates’ phones. Responding officers found him four murdered victims on the second floor and his third.

In Idaho, the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is investigating the deaths of four students.

In Idaho, the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is investigating the deaths of four students.
(Derek Shook of Fox News Digital)

Moscow police have released a detailed timeline of victim movements before and after the massacre.

Goncalves and Morgen went to the corner club, a bar downtown, and ordered food from the Grab truck around 1:40 am.

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The women used a “third party” driver and were home by 1:56 a.m., police said.

Carnodle and her boyfriend Chapin went to a party at Sigma Chi’s house on campus and returned to King Road’s house at 1:45 am.

Police conducted a raid on Monday, November 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. That's where his quartet murders took place, supposedly killing four University of Idaho students over the weekend.

Police conducted a raid on Monday, November 14, 2022, in Moscow, Idaho. That’s where his quartet murders took place, supposedly killing four University of Idaho students over the weekend.
(Derek Shook of Fox News Digital)

Moscow Police, which is working with the FBI and the Idaho State Police, said the attack was “targeted.”

Investigators are focused on tracking down a resident of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was found near the home at the time of the murder.

Chapin was a freshman in Mount Vernon, Washington and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. According to the school, he studied recreation, sports and tourism management.

University of Idaho murders: 2 roommates were at home when 4 students were murdered

Chapin’s girlfriend, Carnodol, from Avondale, Arizona, was a junior major in marketing and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Morgen is from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, studied marketing, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, according to the university.

Police have named the four victims of the four-person murder, believed to have occurred at the University of Idaho, as Maddie Morgen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Carnold, and Cary Goncalves.

Police have named the four victims of the four-person murder, believed to have occurred at the University of Idaho, as Maddie Morgen, Ethan Chapin, Xana Carnold, and Cary Goncalves.
(Instagram: @maddiemogen, @kayleegoncalves, @ethanchapin4)

A native of Rathdrum, Idaho, Gonsalves was a senior general studies student and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

She was graduating in early December and was moving to Austin, Texas, where she had a marketing job waiting for her. She was also looking forward to her next trip to Europe.

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Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 208-883-7180 ​​or [email protected].

The Associated Press contributed to this report.