A search warrant unsealed on Wednesday revealed the various items that Washington State University Police gathered from the apartment of Bryan Kohberger, the man charged with the murders of four college students in Moscow, Idaho. Among the items found were a reddish-brown stained pillowcase, hair strands, one nitrite-type black glove, and an animal hair.
An animal hair was of particular interest to the police as a dog that belonged to one of the victims, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, and her ex-boyfriend was found in the Moscow residence when local police officers initially responded to the scene. The search warrant documents stated that dog hair was one of the items police were hoping to find during the search of Kohberger’s apartment.
However, the most important piece of evidence in this case, the murder weapon, has not yet been recovered. The search warrant said that on Nov. 13, 2022, an empty knife sheath was recovered at the crime scene under or next to the body of victim Madison Mogen, 21. The sheath was later processed and had Ka-Bar, USMC and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia stamps on the outside of it. The Idaho State Lab later located a single source of male DNA left on the button snap of the knife sheath.
The crime scene also revealed a significant amount of blood splatter, which occurs when drops are released due to intense motion. Police suspected blood would be found on Kohberger’s person, clothing or shoes, the warrant said. In addition, a latent shoe print was found at the crime scene, which showed a diamond-shaped pattern similar to the one found on Vans shoes.
In addition to the physical evidence, police also gathered a computer tower, receipts from Walmart and Marshall’s, a dust container from a Bissell Power Force vacuum and a Fire TV stick with a cord and plug, according to the search warrant.
Kohberger was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant in Pennsylvania, police announced on Dec. 30, and extradited to Idaho, where he was formally charged with the murders. He was a Ph.D. criminology student and teaching assistant who had just finished his first semester at Washington State University, the school said in a statement. He faces four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary for his alleged involvement in the murders.
It is worth noting that the search warrant and the information it contains are only allegations and should be taken as such until proven guilty in a court of law. Nevertheless, the evidence gathered by the police is substantial and the case against Kohberger seems strong. The investigation is ongoing, and more information may come to light as the case progresses.
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