Police have arrested a suspect in the brutal killing of four Idaho college students who were found stabbed to death overnight in a home near their campus last month, a federal law enforcement official confirmed on Friday.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Pennsylvania on Friday and was scheduled to appear at an extradition hearing next week. The Associated Press reported that the man, Bryan Kohberger, had been arrested in connection with the Idaho murders. The police in Moscow, Idaho, scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the case.
The college town of Moscow has been reeling since the attack in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, when four University of Idaho students were attacked in at least two separate bedrooms, probably as they slept. Two more roommates apparently slept through the stabbings and did not wake up for several hours.
The crime devastated the city of about 25,000 people along the Washington State border and brought intense scrutiny to its police department as weeks passed with little information on who could have carried out the slayings. The F.B.I. had assigned more than 60 agents to the case.
In recent weeks, the police had asked for the public’s help in finding a white Hyundai sedan that they said had been near the students’ house, which sits just off campus, on the night of the murders.
The three female victims — Madison Mogen, 21; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; and Xana Kernodle, 20 — lived at the house, while the fourth victim — Ethan Chapin, 20 — was there visiting Ms. Kernodle, his girlfriend. All had been members of fraternities or sororities at the school.
On the night of the killings, the students had all spent the night out with friends. Mr. Chapin and Ms. Kernodle attended a party at the Sigma Chi fraternity nearby, while Ms. Mogen and Ms. Goncalves went to a bar called the Corner Club together. All four students had returned to the home shortly before 2 a.m.
Between 2:26 and 2:52 a.m., seven unanswered phone calls were made from Ms. Goncalves’s phone to a former boyfriend. Several calls were also placed to the same man from Ms. Mogen’s phone, the police said. The former boyfriend had not answered the phone because he was sleeping at the time, Ms. Goncalves’s older sister later said.