A search warrant has been unsealed from when Pennsylvania police arrested the 28-year-old man suspected of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022.
The search warrant, which was unsealed on Tuesday, is dated December 30, the same day the suspect, who will not be named due to Daily Wire policy, was arrested at his parent’s home in Pennsylvania. Items taken from the home include a flashlight, four medical-style gloves, a T-shirt, a Washington State Cougars sweatshirt, a pair of size 13 Nike shoes, as well as Under Armor black socks, shorts, and boxers. Police also collected a cheek swab from the suspect for DNA, People Magazine reported.
The search warrant was executed nearly seven weeks after Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21, were found stabbed to death in their off-campus residence on November 13.
The unsealed warrant reveals that on December 28, Pennsylvania State Police were requested to assist the Moscow Police Department in Moscow, Idaho, and the FBI in the investigation into the deaths of the four college students. Pennsylvania police began surveilling the suspect’s parents’ home to monitor the suspect’s comings and goings. After establishing that the suspect was indeed at the property, Pennsylvania police swooped in for the arrest.
The suspect has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary in relation to the killings. The suspect appeared in court and was ordered held without bail, with his next court date scheduled for June 26.
A state court in Washington in January unsealed the search warrants used to collect items from the suspect’s home and office at Washington State University’s department of criminal justice and criminology, where he was pursuing his Ph.D.
Police found nothing at the suspect’s office, the filings show, but hair samples and other evidence were collected from his apartment.
The search warrants show police were looking for blood, DNA, shoes with a particular pattern on the soles, and any information pertaining to the victims who were killed in November.
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Police seized a “nitrite-type black glove,” three possible hairs, one possible animal hair strand, a computer tower, a “dark red spot,” two cuttings from an uncased pillow containing a “reddish/brown stain,” along with other items from the suspect’s apartment. While the warrant mentioned the items were removed, it did not explain the connection they may have to the murders.
It is believed that the suspected killer followed all three female victims on Instagram and may have reached out to at least one of them.