US police have arrested a suspect in the mysterious murder of four college students in Idaho six weeks ago, according to reports.
Police identified the man as Brian Christopher Koberger, 28. He was arrested in Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 miles (4,020 km) from the crime scene.
On November 13, students were found stabbed to death in their beds in a rented house near campus.
The Idaho State Police are scheduled to hold a press conference late Friday.
Zana Karnodor, Ethan Chapin, Cary Gonsalves and Madison Morgen were all found dead in their home in Moscow, a small university city in northern Idaho.
In the weeks following the victim’s death, the victim’s family expressed regret over the progress of the investigation.
Investigators said they had investigated more than 16,500 public calls and 113 pieces of physical evidence taken from crime scenes.
We also examined approximately 4,000 photographs and conducted over 250 interviews.
Further clues began to gather earlier this month as members of the public were enlisted to help locate a white Hyundai Elantra that was seen near the house on the day of the murder.
NBC reported that police found a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle at the time of Coberg’s arrest.
The arrests were made on the same day as a memorial service for Gonzalves and Morgan was being held at a church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
An autopsy revealed that the four students were likely asleep at the time of the murder. The roommate and other students who found the body were acquitted of any wrongdoing by the police.
The Moscow police chief said last week that online detectives were causing problems for the police by spreading false information about the investigation.
Lieutenant Roger Lanier said tracking down and suppressing rumors about specific individuals or specific events that may or may not have taken place has been a major distraction for investigators, often as a result of social media proliferation. Stated.
Coburg was arrested Friday near Scranton, Pennsylvania, by state troopers and FBI agents, police said. He was found at his parents’ home in Albrightsville and arrested, officials told BBC America partner CBS.
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He is expected to be extradited to Idaho on murder charges.
He was a graduate student in criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University, according to online records.
The university campus is located in Pullman, Washington, just 16 miles from Moscow.
Moscow has a population of 25,000, of which 11,000 are university students. The town is located in the hilly countryside known as Palouse.
After the attack, nearly half of the students chose to switch to online classes for the rest of the semester, and the Idaho State Police sent patrols to monitor the campus.