‘Panic’ FBI agents ‘lost’ murder suspect Bryan Kohberger in Idaho after he ‘disappeared’ for several hours during the trip
FBI agents reportedly lost track of alleged Idaho murder Bryan Kohberger for several hours during his road trip.
Kohberger is accused of murdering four University of Idaho students who were killed in their shared off-campus home in November 2022.
Author Howard Blum plans to write a book about the incident.
The FBI reportedly had plans to monitor Kohberger on his overland trip from Washington to Pennsylvania, reports the New York Post.
Kohberger’s father flew to Washington to take his son home.
Sources told Blum, however, that officials lost Kohberger almost immediately after he left his Pullman, Wash. residence.
That means, Blum wrote, that “for several alarming hours – or more” the “prime suspect in a quadruple homicide that had shocked the nation was seemingly gone.”
Blum said the mistake was admitted “with a touch of embarrassment”.
He added that “they had already lost him before” the plan to monitor Kohberger as he traveled across the country “could get underway.”
Kohberger also took a detour home, Blum said, complicating efforts to keep tabs on him.
“A mood of panic quickly escalated into one of desperation,” Blum said of the FBI team working to track down Kohberger.
Blum’s report says the FBI didn’t track Kohberger back down until he and his father got to Loma, Colo. — about 900 miles from the start of the drive.
Additionally, Blum said the Indiana traffic stop was not part of the plan, leaving FBI officers “frustrated” and “angry.”
Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra had been key evidence linking him to the crime scene.
Officials had issued a statement to the public during their initial investigation into the killings that they were seeking information about the vehicle.
Kohberger was arrested in late December and charged with the murders of 21-year-old students Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, and friends Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, both 20.
He faces charges of first-degree murder and burglary.
Kohberger remains incarcerated in the Latah County Jail in Idaho.
His next court date is scheduled for June 26.
The US Sun has reached out to the FBI for comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7286911/fbi-agents-lost-idaho-murders-bryan-kohberger-vanished/ ‘Panic’ FBI agents ‘lost’ murder suspect Bryan Kohberger in Idaho after he ‘disappeared’ for several hours during the trip