Quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger allegedly messaged one of the victims multiple times on Instagram in the weeks leading up to the slayings.
An investigator familiar with the case reportedly told People magazine that Kohberger, 28, continued to message the woman on Instagram even after she did not reply. However, the investigator noted that there is “no indication” that Kohberger was frustrated about the lack of a response, or if it motivated him to kill.
“Basically, it was just him saying, ‘Hey, how are you?’ But he did it again and again,” the investigator told People. “He was definitely persistent.”
Kohberger, a Ph.D. criminal justice student at Washington State University, is believed to have turned off his phone during the November 13 murders. However, police claim he visited the area 12 times before the slayings.
The probable cause affidavit alleged that campus police at Kohberger’s college alerted Moscow, Idaho, police to his white 2015 Hyundai Elantra, which resembles a car seen at the victims’ home around the time they were killed.
Surveillance footage showed a white four-door sedan, but it did not capture its front license plate. At the time of the killings, Kohberger’s car was registered in Pennsylvania, which does not require front plates.
Kohberger was arrested on December 30, after a cross-country trip with his father from Idaho to Pennsylvania. During their trip, Indiana police pulled over the pair twice. Sources claimed the FBI requested the traffic stops to view possible injuries on Kohberger’s hands.
Kohberger was extradited to Idaho last Thursday. He remains jailed without bail.
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[Featured image: Bryan Kohberger/Monroe County Police Department]