Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger followed 3 female victims on Instagram before they were stabbed, report claims

Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger followed 3 female victims on Instagram before they were stabbed, report claims

Bryan Kohberger, the 28-year-old man charged with the murder in the November ambush of four University of Idaho students, allegedly followed three of them on Instagram before the attack, a new report claims.

Numerous Instagram accounts, using Kohberger’s name, appeared after his arrest was made public and followed the victims, but it was not immediately clear if any of the accounts belonged to him.

He was arrested on December 30, nearly seven weeks after police alleged that he entered a six-bedroom house in Moscow, Idaho, and stabbed to death four college students: Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin.

At least one account in his name that was observed by Fox News Digital following Goncalves, Mogen and Kernodle appears to be no longer active. The other three were still online when reviewed Thursday afternoon.

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Screenshots taken on December 30, 2022 show accounts using the name Bryan Kohberger who followed Idaho stabbing victims Kaylee Goncalves, Maddie Mogen and Xana Kernodle that night, hours after their arrest.

Screenshots taken on December 30, 2022 show accounts using the name Bryan Kohberger who followed Idaho stabbing victims Kaylee Goncalves, Maddie Mogen and Xana Kernodle that night, hours after their arrest.
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A message on @crim.kohberger’s profile URL on Thursday read: “The link you followed may be broken or the page may have been removed.”

Meta, the parent company of Instagram, frequently removes accounts linked to murder suspects.

All three female victims had public Instagram accounts. Chapin’s was private.

None of them followed Kohberger, People reported Thursday.

The report did not name the account, but said the outlet had reviewed it before it went inactive.

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The outlet reported earlier this week that Kohberger messaged at least one victim numerous times but never received a response, also citing an unnamed source.

Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom in Moscow, Idaho on January 12, 2023 for a status hearing.  The accused murderer waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing and will appear in court again on June 26.

Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom in Moscow, Idaho on January 12, 2023 for a status hearing. The accused murderer waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing and will appear in court again on June 26.
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“He slid into one of the girls’ DMs multiple times, but she didn’t respond,” an anonymous researcher told the outlet. “Basically, it was just him saying, ‘Hey, how are you?’ But he did it over and over again.”

Kohberger reportedly sent the first message in late October, then a series of follow-ups when she didn’t receive a response. according to people.

Fox News Digital could not independently confirm the report. Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall issued a gag order on the case earlier this month restricting comment from investigators and attorneys on both sides.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the two other roommates of the women in Kaylee Goncalves' latest Instagram post, shared the day before the murders.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the two other roommates of the women in Kaylee Goncalves’ latest Instagram post, shared the day before the murders.
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Shanon Gray, the attorney for Goncalves’s parents, said “no one” knew about Kohberger before the murders, but left the possibility open.

“Any information that either family collects regarding connections to any of the victims will be turned over to the Moscow Police Department,” he told Fox News Digital.

On November 13, 2022, police allege that he broke into a six-bedroom rental house on King Road in Moscow, Idaho, killing four students, at least some of whom are believed to have been asleep at the start of the ambush. .

Brian Kohberger in a Latah County court for his initial appearance on January 5, 2023

Brian Kohberger in a Latah County court for his initial appearance on January 5, 2023
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The three female victims lived together in a rental house on King Road in Moscow, a short walk from the University of Idaho campus. Chapin, Kernodle’s boyfriend, stayed over that night.

According to the police, Kohberger left a Ka-Bar knife sheath with DNA on the clasp. Investigators recovered it in Mogen’s bed, next to his body.

Kohberger lived in an apartment in Pullman, Washington, where he was studying for a Ph.D. in the department of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University. The campus is across the state line, but only 10 miles from the University of Idaho.

He had allegedly been stalking the King Road home for weeks, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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Kohberger is due back in court at the end of June for a preliminary hearing, where his defense team intends to challenge the probable cause filed against him.

However, as Fox News Digital has reported, prosecutors could circumvent their sneaky tactic if they get a grand jury indictment before then.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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