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Timeline of University of Idaho killings

A timeline of the events surrounding the deaths of University of Idaho students Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin at the girls' home near campus in Moscow, Idaho, on Nov. 13.

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Aug. 21, 2022

  1. Bryan Kohberger is pulled over by a Latah County sheriff's deputy for not wearing a seat belt while driving his white Hyundai Elantra. During the stop, he provides a phone number that the police affidavit later describes as the "8458" phone.

    Later investigation shows that the phone had been in the vicinity of 1122 King Road, where the killings took place, between 10:34 p.m. and 11:35 p.m. on this day. He was stopped by the deputy just minutes later, at approximately 11:37 p.m.

    Cellphone records show Kohberger's phone uses the cell tower covering the King Road address 12 times before the killings, all in the late evening or early morning hours.

Aug. 22, 2022

  1. Kohberger begins his Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice at Washington State University.

Oct. 14, 2022

  1. Kohberger is stopped again, by a WSU police officer, while driving the same Hyundai Elantra.

Nov. 12, 2022

  1. 9 p.m.

    Couple, Chapin and Kernodle are seen between 9 p.m. and 1:45 a.m. at the Sigma Chi house on campus, where Chapin is a member.

  2. 10 p.m.

    Goncalves and Mogen are seen in video footage at the Corner Club bar in Moscow between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.

  3. Goncalves posts photos on Instagram of herself, the other victims and two surviving roommates at the King Road home ahead of the University of Idaho.

Nov. 13, 2022

  1. 1:30 a.m.

    Goncalves and Mogen are seen on video at Grub Truck, a local food vendor.

  2. 1:45 a.m.

    Chapin and Kernodle return to the King Road home.

  3. 1:56 a.m.

    Goncalves and Mogen get a ride from the Grub Truck back to the King Road house they share with Kernodle and two other roommates. All the residents along with Chapin are home.

  4. 2:42 a.m.

    Kohberger's phone pings cell towers serving his apartment in Pullman.

  5. 2:47 a.m.

    Kohberger's phone pings other cell towers southeast of his home, after which point it stops reporting to the network altogether, indicating his phone was likely turned off, investigators wrote in court documents.

  6. 3:29 a.m.

    A white Hyundai Elantra, referred to in the affidavit as Suspect Vehicle 1, is seen on video passing the King Road home multiple times.

  7. 4 a.m.

    Kernodle gets a DoorDash order at 1122 King Road. Roommate, D.M., hears who she thinks is Goncalves playing with her dog upstairs.

    She then hears Goncalves say something like "there's someone here."

    Investigators said in the affidavit Kernodle may have said this because Kernodle's phone records indicated she was likely awake using the TikTok app.

  8. 4:04 a.m.

    The Elantra is seen driving east on King Road, then stops and turns around in front of 500 Queen Road #52, then drives back up King Road. Eventually, the car parks.

  9. 4:12 a.m.

    Kernodle is active on TikTok.

    D.M. looks out of her room and hears crying coming from Kernodle's room then hears someone say, "It's OK. I'm going to help you."

  10. 4:17 a.m.

    A security camera on a neighboring property picks up distorted audio of what sounds like voices or a whimper followed by a loud thud. A dog can also be heard barking numerous times.

    Roommate, D.M., opens her door for a third time and sees a black-clad figure walk past her. She locks her bedroom door.

  11. 4:20 a.m.

    The Elantra is captured on video leaving King Road at "a high rate of speed."

  12. 4:48 a.m.

    Kohberger's phone is detected on the cellular network again, south of Moscow, somewhere near U.S. Highway 95.

  13. 4:50 a.m.

    Between 4:50 a.m. and 5:26 a.m., the phone is picked up traveling south to Genesee, Idaho, then west across the border to Uniontown, Washington, and then north to Pullman.

  14. 5:25 a.m.

    Over several minutes, the Elantra is spotted on multiple cameras in Pullman and on the WSU campus.

  15. 5:30 a.m.

    Kohberger's phone is detected again near his residence in Pullman.

  16. 9 a.m.

    Cell records show Kohberger's phone leaving the area of his residence in Pullman. Between 9:12 a.m. and 9:21 a.m., his phone pinged in the area of the King Road house before returning to Pullman by 9:32 a.m.

Nov. 15, 2022

  1. Autopsies performed by the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office confirm that the four victims were stabbed to death with a "large knife."

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Nov. 16, 2022

  1. Moscow police Chief James Fry calls the crime a "targeted, isolated attack," at the first news conference since the attack. Fry said they have no suspects, no persons of interest and have not recovered a weapon.

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  2. Friends of the victims host a vigil in Coeur d'Alene where Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle and Chapin all had ties.

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Nov. 18, 2022

  1. Kohberger registers his Elantra with Washington state and receives new Washington plates.

Nov. 20, 2022

  1. A week after the killings, investigators say they have no suspects at a news conference.
    They continue to say the attack was "targeted" and "isolated" but refuse to answer questions on why they believe that's the case.

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  2. Online rumors quickly begin to circulate about the attack and the victims with few public details about their deaths.

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Nov. 21, 2022

  1. The Chapin family holds a memorial service for Ethan near their home in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Nov. 23, 2022

  1. Investigators plead for more tips related to the case at a news conference. Idaho Gov. Brad Little promises up to $1 million to boost the investigation.

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Nov. 25, 2022

  1. The Moscow Police Department asks area law enforcement to be on the lookout for a white Hyundai Elantra.

Nov. 29, 2022

  1. A WSU campus police officer queries white Elantras registered at WSU and finds a 2015 Elantra with Pennsylvania plates registered to Bryan Kohberger. Later that day another campus officer spots the same car at an apartment complex at 1630 NE Valley Road in Pullman.

Nov. 30, 2022

  1. The University of Idaho community grieves the loss of the four students at a campus vigil.

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Dec. 2, 2022

  1. The victims' loved ones remember them at a celebration of life in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Dec. 7, 2022

  1. Investigators ask the public for information on the owner or driver of a white 2011-13 Hyundai Elantra. They say they don't yet have a license plate number for the vehicle.

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Dec. 9, 2022

  1. Investigators continue asking for tips related to the investigation while decrying online rumors and speculation.

    A TikTok psychic accuses a UI professor of being the killer without evidence, a situation that eventually led to a defamation lawsuit.

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Dec. 13, 2022

  1. Kohberger’s vehicle was captured by a license plate reader in Loma, Colorado.

Dec. 15, 2022

  1. Kohberger and his father, Michael Kohbgerger, are pulled over twice in a white Hyundai Elantra in the span of an hour by Indiana law enforcement on eastbound Interstate 70. Police caution Kohberger not to follow traffic so closely but release the pair both times with a warning.

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Dec. 16, 2022

  1. Kohbgerger's Elantra was captured by surveillance video in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

  2. WSU fall semester ends. Kohberger continued attending classes following the killings and completed the semester.

Dec. 27, 2022

  1. Law enforcement personnel in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, raid the Kohberger family residence and recover pieces of garbage, which are tested for DNA. The following day, the Idaho State Lab reports that a DNA profile obtained from the trash matches the father of the DNA profile obtained from the knife sheath found at the scene of the crime.

Dec. 30, 2022

  1. 5 a.m.

    Kohberger is arrested early in the morning as dozens of police in tactical gear break windows and doors to enter his family home in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

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  2. 2 p.m.

    At a news conference in Moscow, officials explain that Idaho law prohibits them from releasing the probable cause affidavit used to obtain Kohberger's arrest warrant until he returns to Idaho. Moscow police Chief James Fry says, "I do believe our community is safe."

Jan. 3, 2023

  1. Kohberger appears in Monroe County Court and agrees to be extradited from his home state of Pennsylvania to Idaho.

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Jan. 4, 2023

  1. Kohberger is returned from Pennsylvania to Moscow, where he is escorted to the Latah County Jail.

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Jan. 5, 2023

  1. 9:30 a.m.

    Kohberger makes his initial court appearance as the Goncalves family tearfully watches.
    He's held without bond and a Latah County magistrate judge issues no-contact orders against witnesses and victims' families.

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Jan. 12, 2023

  1. Kohberger is scheduled to appear at a status conference, where attorneys will raise any pertinent issues and schedule his next court date.