Idaho Student Murders: A Timeline of the Murders and Arrest

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Four University of Idaho students are discovered stabbed to death on November 13, 2022. What led to the arrest of officials in the case? See key dates in the investigation.

Idaho homicide victims
Police responded to a report of an unconscious person that they received around 11:58 a.m. on Sunday, November 13. There, members of the Moscow Police Department found four University of Idaho students dead on the second and third floors of the home. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Xana Kernodle were roommates who lived in the home while the fourth victim, Ethan Chapin, did not live there but dated Kernodle. Two other roommates lived in the home but were not attacked, and police said they believe they slept through the killings

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November 13, 2022: Murder off campus

Four University of Idaho students are found dead at the off-campus home where three of the victims lived in Moscow, Idaho. They were brutally stabbed to death. The victims have been identified as Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Wash.; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, of Avondale, Ariz.; and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho.

Idaho student murder scene
The off-campus residence where the four students were found dead on November 13. Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves shared the residence with two other roommates, who were unharmed.

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November 15, 2022: The Lethal Weapon

Moscow police issued a statement saying an “edged weapon like a knife” was used in the killings. No murder weapon has been found.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry
On November 16, three days after the murders, the Moscow police held their first press conference. Police Chief James Fry says the killing of the four students at the University of Idaho was a targeted attack.

Moscow Police Department YouTube

16 November 2022: Police press conference

The police in Moscow hold a press conference about the murders. Police Chief James Fry says it was a targeted attack. “We have no suspects at this time and the person is still out there.”

November 17, 2022: Cause of death

The Latah County Coroner’s Office reports that the victims were likely asleep when they were stabbed with a large knife. Some even had defensive wounds.

November 18, 2022: Tracing the last steps of the victims

Map of Idaho victims' whereabouts as of November 13, 2022

Moscow Police Department

Police release an aerial map showing the times and locations where the victims were on the night of November 12, 2022 and in the morning hours of November 13, 2022. Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were at the Corner Club between 01.30 and then went to a food truck at 01.40. Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle attended a Sigma Chi party between 20.00 and 21.00 and was home at 01.45.

November 19, 2022: The hunt for a suspect

Investigators say they do not believe the driver who brought two of the victims — Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen — home the night of the murders is involved in the crime.

November 20, 2022: Others cleared

Detectives say they do not believe the surviving roommates or friends who visited the house at the time of the murders are involved.

Kaylee Gonvales
Investigators have pursued “hundreds of leads” about the possibility that Kaylee Goncalves has a stalker, but have been unable to “verify or identify” a potential person of interest, Moscow police said in a news release.

Instagram/Kaylee Goncalves

November 22, 2022: Possible Stalker?

Investigators looked closely at information received about one of the victims, Kaylee Goncalves, who had one stalker. They have not been able to verify or identify a stalker.

November 25, 2022: Physical evidence

To this date, investigators have collected 113 pieces of physical evidence and sent it to the Idaho State Police crime lab. Idaho Governor Brad Little has committed up to $1 million in funding to the ongoing investigation.

Nov 30 2022: Vigil for the students

The The University of Idaho maintains a vigil in honor of the slain students. “The most important message we have for you and your families is to spend as much time as possible with these people,” Stacy Chapin, the mother of victim Ethan Chapin, told those gathered.

December 7, 2022: A potential clue

The police report that they are interested in speaking to the driver of one white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra discovered near the crime scene at the time of the murders.

Police released new body camera video of Bryan Kohberger and his father who were pulled over twice in Indiana on a drive home to Pennsylvania in December. The video was taken more than two weeks before Kohberger’s arrest at the family home.

Indiana State Police

15 December 2022: Traffic stop

ONE trooper’s body camera captures a white Hyundai Elantra that was pulled over twice in Indiana for driving violations. The driver is 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, who is accompanied by his father. They drove home from Washington State University for winter break to their family home in Pennsylvania.

18 December 2022: Recording published

Surveillance footage emerges of victims Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen hours before the murders walking through downtown discussing a man named Adam.

December 20, 2022: The search for vehicles of interest

Investigators are speaking with an owner of a Hyundai Elantra located in Eugene, Oregon. The car was involved in a collision and was impounded. The owner is believed to have no connection to Moscow, Idaho.

26–29 December 2022: Reports of FBI involvement

An FBI team is reported to be monitoring Adam, the man two of the victims discussed the night they were murdered, for a few days.

APTOPIX Four Dead University of Idaho
Friday 30 December 2022, Bryan Kohberger (28) was held for extradition in a criminal homicide investigation into the murders of four students at the University of Idaho.


December 30, 2022: An arrest

This is reported by the police Bryan Kohberger’s arrest in Albrightsville, Pa., for the murders of University of Idaho students. He is charged with burglary and four counts of first degree murder. Kohberger was a Ph.D. student at Washington State University, which is about 5 miles from the scene of the murder in Moscow, Idaho. Police say they were able to use forensic analysis to link Kohberger to the crime scene.

Bryan Kohberger
Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, is escorted to an extradition hearing at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

AP photos

3 January 2022: Extradition hearing

At a hearing in Pennsylvania, Kohberger waives the extradition to Moscow, Idaho.

January 4, 2022: Suspect arrives in Idaho

Bruan Kohberger is brought to Idaho. The judge issues a gag order, prohibiting officials and others involved in the case from talking about it.

January 5, 2022: Court documents released

Government officials issue one declaration in the case against Bryan Kohberger. Among the findings:

  • A witness claims she saw a figure “5’10 or taller, male, not very muscular” dressed in black clothes and a mask on the night of the murders. She said the masked figure walked towards the black sliding glass door and she locked herself in her room.
  • The DNA found on the buttons on a leather knife sheath at the crime scene appears to match the DNA found in the trash at the Kohberger family’s Albrightsville, Pa. residence.
  • Investigators believe the murders took place between 04:00 and 04:25
  • Kohberger applied for an internship with the Pullman Police Department and in his application essay said he had an interest in assisting rural law enforcement agencies with hose to better collect and analyze technology data.
  • Investigators checked the movements of Kohberger’s phone, and it stops reporting a signal at 2:47 a.m. and appears to turn back on at 4:48 a.m. This means that the phone may have been in an area without mobile coverage or that the phone was switched off.

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