Detectives in the Pennsylvania counties where Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger attended college are combing through cold case files for any linkages to the suspected murderer.
Kohberger, 28, was arrested in December in connection with the slayings of four University of Idaho students. He previously attended Northampton Community College and DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
“Your natural instinct is to think, ‘Is this man wanted?'” Terence Houck, the District Attorney for Northampton County, told KING 5 News this week.
While officials previously determined that Kohberger had no prior criminal records, Houck said he directed his team to look into any cold cases in their area that may be linked to the suspect.
Northampton County officials searched unsolved cases for Kohberger’s height, weight, technique, and other traits, but they found no similarities.
“In truth, nothing has come up with respect to Kohberger in our investigations of cold cases or unresolved crimes to this time, but we constantly continue to investigate and pursue leads,” he added.
Houck’s actions were similar to those of Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, whose jurisdiction includes DeSales University.
“After Mr. Kohberger’s arrest, the first thing I did was ask the head of the [Regional Intelligence and Investigative Center] to check whether we had any interaction with Mr. Kohberger,” Martin told KING5.
Martin’s search, on the other hand, turned up only a 911 call Kohberger made when his automobile was stuck behind a fence on a cycling track.
“Then there was a reaction from him thanking the police and sorry for the inconvenience,” he said of the event, noting that there are no unsolved homicides in the county that fit the MO of the Idaho slayings.
On December 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ Albrightsville house for the stabbing killings of the University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 on November 13.
The motivation for the killings has not been revealed.
Past friends characterized him as a recluse who had previously suffered with heroin addiction, and one former FBI agent blamed his alleged actions on a “incel complex.”
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Kohberger was extradited from Pennsylvania and is currently being held in Latah County, Idaho. He is charged with four counts of homicide and one count of first-degree burglary and is scheduled to appear in court on June 26.