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Idaho murder case ‘unnerves’ neighbors in Pennsylvania where alleged killer is caught

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The doctoral student accused of murdering four Idaho college kids found the perfect hiding spot thousands of miles away from prying eyes, neighbors told the Herald.

“Holy (expletive). This is crazy,” said Felix Martinez, who owns rental property on Lamsden Drive in Albrightsville, Pa. “It’s a gated community and it’s very quiet.”

Every neighbor contacted by the Herald agreed if you want to go underground, their street near Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains is ideal.

“Unless you’re bothering someone, you won’t get bothered,” said Jariyah St.Hill-Taylor, 20, who just moved away from Lamsden Drive after graduating from high school. “It’s mostly just a summer place. There’s a lot of space where you can hide.”

That’s where police — with lights flashing and a helicopter overhead — arrested Bryan Christopher Kohberger at 3 a.m. Friday ending a manhunt that had gripped the nation. He will be hauled back to Idaho to be arraigned for the Nov. 13 killing of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20.

The manhunt for the 28-year-old was a murder mystery that ended in an idyllic corner of the Quaker State.

“The houses are all about an acre apart,” said Donna Carbone, also of Lamsden Drive. “I’m surprised to say the least, but our development has a lot of Airbnbs and a lot of people who live up here come for the privacy.

“We’re in shock,” she added of the accused killer being so close. “To say we’re unnerved is an understatement.”

Neighbors say Kohberger had kin in the enclave, but they didn’t know the exact details.

Kohberger is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. WSU is a short drive across the state line from the University of Idaho. The two universities are partners in several academic programs, and students sometimes attend classes and seminars or work at the neighboring schools.

But University of Idaho President Scott Green wrote in a memo to students and employees on Friday evening that the Idaho school had no record of him.

Police in Moscow, Idaho, said in a press conference Friday that the car matching the description of the white Hyundai Elantra authorities were looking for was also seized.

Kohberger’s DNA has also been matched to samples recovered at the scene of the crimes, according to CNN.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry praised officers — from the first patrolmen responding to a 911 call — to the state police and FBI for working as “a team” to chase some of the 19,000 tips that came in from across the country.

He urged anyone with information about the accused to still call in tips to 208-883-7180 or email [email protected]

He also said the case is not over.

“We are still looking for the weapon,” Fry said. “I will say that we have found an Elantra.”

Chief Fry said they’re still “putting all the pieces together” to determine motive.

Ethan Chapin’s family emailed a statement after the press conference. “We are relieved this chapter is over because it provides a form of closure. However, it doesn’t alter the outcome or alleviate the pain,” the family wrote. “We miss Ethan, and our family is forever changed.”

The Chapin family also thanked the University of Idaho and the Sigma Chi fraternity where Ethan was a member for their support.

“We also appreciate the outpouring of kind words from so many others, which we’ll need as we enter the next chapter of this nightmare,” the family wrote.

Kohberger is not being bailed and faces extraction to Idaho in the coming week, unless he waives it and goes directly to court where more about this tragic case will be revealed, the chief promised. Authorities said early in their investigation they believed the killings were targeted.

Associated Press, New York Post and New York Daily News contributed.

This photo provided by Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger. Arrest paperwork filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Court, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, said Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in a criminal homicide investigation in the killings of four University of Idaho students, based on an active arrest warrant for first degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department and Latah County Prosecutor's Office. (Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility via AP)
This photo provided by Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger. Arrest paperwork filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Court, Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, said Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in a criminal homicide investigation in the killings of four University of Idaho students, based on an active arrest warrant for first degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department and Latah County Prosecutor’s Office. (Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility via AP)

 

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