The father of the alleged University of Idaho killer flew from Pennsylvania to Washington on a cross-country road trip with his son weeks after the quadruple murder.
Brian Kohberger’s public defender revealed that the 28-year-old Washington State University-Pullman doctoral student did not make the 2,000-mile drive back home to his family alone.
Kohberger was seen with his father in a white Hyundai Elantra that police were searching, including an auto maintenance shop, in Pennsylvania on December 16.
“He was home over the holidays,” said public defender Jason LaBar. CNN.
The alleged killer was arrested Friday after more than a month of searching for the killer behind the brutal deaths of Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Zana Kernodle, 20, and Madison Mogen, 21.
Brian Kohberger, 28, drove from Washington to Pennsylvania with his father after allegedly killing four University of Idaho students, his defense attorney has revealed.
Kohberger’s father had bragged to the witness about traveling cross-country with his son to Washington in a white Hyundai Elantra. Police were previously looking for the exact model they said was seen near the Idaho Crime House.
Idaho police said four University of Idaho students were murdered in their sleep between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Pictured: Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Zanna Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20.
Kohberger is accused of breaking into the off-campus Moscow residence of four students on November 13 and stabbing them to death in their beds.
Surveillance footage showed a white Hyundai Elantra parked near the house when the murders took place around 3 am.
The PhD student had taken the car to Pennsylvania, where police recovered it from his parents’ home.
An unidentified person at the auto shop confirmed that Kohberger was getting his car serviced with his father after the trip.
Per the source, Kohrberger’s father was bragging about going to the West Coast to join his son on the holiday trip home, recalling that the 28-year-old was booked.
It is unclear whether Kohrberger’s father knew about the murders.
Police later recovered the car from Kohberger’s parents’ home, where he was arrested.
The crime took place six weeks earlier, 2,500 miles from the place where Kohberger was arrested. His father flew to Washington to meet his son and accompanied him back to his home in Pennsylvania.
Police were looking for Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra, which authorities began tracking around Christmas time as the suspect was driving across the country.
Kohberger was taken into custody in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, a small town in the heart of the Poconos Mountains, more than 2,000 miles from where the gruesome murders took place.
Kohberger’s family addressed the allegations on Sunday and asked the public to refrain from prosecuting.
“We will continue with the legal process and as a family we will love and support our son and brother,” the family wrote in a statement obtained by TMZ.
‘First, we care deeply for the four families who have lost their precious children.
“There are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray for them every day,” part of the statement read.
“We have cooperated fully with law enforcement in an effort to seek the truth and promote the presumption of innocence rather than postulate unknown facts and create false assumptions.”
Kohberger’s family requested confidentiality in the meantime as they cooperate with police in getting to the bottom of the matter.
“We respect the confidentiality of this matter as our family and those who have suffered loss can proceed with the legal process.”
The suspect was attending college in nearby Washington state, where he was studying criminology.
Forensic teams and police work at Kohberger’s apartment near Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.
Police said they began tracking and monitoring Kohberger around Christmas time and had been with him for four days when they spotted the white Hyundai Elantra they believed was linked to the murders.
Friday’s arrest is the first major break in the case, with Kohberger asking if “anybody else was arrested” when he was taken into custody. The extradition hearing is to be held on Tuesday.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that his DNA was discovered at the crime scene, and officials were able to determine who owned the car seen in the area of the murder.
However, according to public records, Kohberger has no prior arrests, so it is unclear how authorities obtained his DNA.
Kohberger reportedly stalked the students in the weeks before the murders. Pictured is the house where the murders took place, across from where she worked as a doctoral student and teaching assistant.
Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of their Moscow, Idaho, home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Zanna Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom, while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke slept on the first floor.
Kohberger reportedly stalked the students in the weeks before the murders.
Moscow police chief James Fry refused to rule out that the killer had an accomplice.
Details of the killings and motive have not yet been released, and police say a sealed arrest affidavit will be released after Kohberger is extradited to Idaho.