What Was Bryan Kohberger Doing When Police Raided His Parents’ Pennsylvania Home? Prosecutor Explains

Pennsylvania officials have revealed what Idaho college murders suspect Bryan Kohberger was doing when police raided his parents’ home and arrested him early in the morning on December 30.

Kohberger, 28, had been under surveillance for some time — in fact, agents had tracked him as he and his father drove from Washington State University, where he was a criminal justice graduate student, back to the Kohberger residence in Chestnuthill Township, as CrimeOnline has reported.

Kohberger is charged with the murders of University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen on November 13 in their off campus rental home. Pennsylvania officials have recently released search warrant affidavits from his arrest.

Bryan Kohberger Search Warrant by Leigh Egan

“Mr. Kohberger was found awake in the kitchen area dressed in shorts and a shirt, a wearing latex medical type gloves and apparently was taking his personal trash and putting it into a separate zip lock baggies,” Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso told BRC13.

A search warrant released last week said that officers took a cheek swab for DNA and seized a silver flashlight, four medical style goves, a T-shirt, a Washington State sweatshir, Nike shoes, black socks, black shorts, and black boxers, all of which he had on him at the time.

Mancuso said finding Kohberger separating his personal trash from his parents’ cleared up a question from an earlier seizure of trash from the Kohbergers’ bin.

“A trash pull that was done days before recovered DNA profiles, but not from him. Only from his family members,” Mancuso said.

“It could very explain some of the other aspects of the case from Idaho, some of the lengths that a person would go to to avoid having their DNA left behind when they know or should’ve known that there was an investigation underway,” he added.

Mancuso told BRC13 that he “would be keen on the shoes, the size of the shoes (13), comparison to show any impressions that might have been recovered at the scene.” But more importantly, he said, Kohberger’s own DNA “that they could compare to the DNA of, I believe, the snap button for the sheath of the knife.”

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[Featured image: Bryan Kohberger after his arrest in Pennsylvania/Monroe County Correctional Facility]