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Idaho murders: Suspect in CUSTODY for killings of four students, police say

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A college student has been arrested for the murders of four University of Idaho students almost six weeks ago. 

Four police sources have confirmed to NBC that a 25-year-old man has been arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the deaths on November 13.

The man was taken into custody by local police in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the FBI, according to Fox News. 

Kaylee Goncalves, 21,  Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were stabbed to death –  with Xana’s freshman boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20, also killed in the massacre. 

Idaho police have said the four University of Idaho students were murdered in their sleep between 3am and 4am (Pictured: Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin)

Idaho police have said the four University of Idaho students were murdered in their sleep between 3am and 4am (Pictured: Victims Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin)

The murder house in Moscow, Idaho. Slain housemates Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen were found on the top floor in their beds. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

Kaylee and Madison were found on the top floor of the Moscow, Idaho home. College lovers Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were found in a second-floor bedroom while survivors Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were sleeping on the first floor

Sources say that authorities knew who they were looking for and hunted the suspect down to Pennsylvania.

It is understood that the suspect is a college student but does not attend the University of Idaho, according to police sources.

He appeared in court this morning, with Moscow Police confirming that they will be holding a press conference at 4pm EST.

A spokeswoman for the department declined to comment on the arrest when contacted by DailyMail.com. 

Authorities have been left baffled by the brutal killings and have repeatedly appealed for the public for help with the case.

Reports from both coroner and police confirm that each of the students had been stabbed multiple times in the torso – and were ambushed in their sleep.

Police have found no evidence of a sex crime, and the victims had wounds on their bodies which indicated that they tried to fight of the attacker.

Bestfriends Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, both 21, were murdered on November 13 along with roommate Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20

Bestfriends Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, both 21, were murdered on November 13 along with roommate Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20

Ethan was staying over with Xana when they were both knifed to death in the murder house at 1122 Kings Road

Ethan was staying over with Xana when they were both knifed to death in the murder house at 1122 Kings Road

After a night out, the four housemates were murdered around 3-4am on the morning of November 13

The last known movements of at least two of the victims: The girls visited the truck at 1.43am-1.53am. It’s unclear if they went straight home, but police say they were murdered shortly afterwards sometime between 3am and 4am

Initially cops said they thought all four were assaulted as they slept, with Goncalves father saying she had the worst injuries from the incident – suffering ‘gouging wounds’ and ‘rips’.

The Chief of police at Moscow Police Department himself admitted that investigators did not understand how the two surviving roommates – Bethany Funke and Dylan Mortensen – appeared to sleep through the attack.

‘Multiple people talked with the 911 dispatcher before a Moscow Police officer arrived at the location,’ authorities said in a previous statement.

When they arrived at the scene, they said, they found Kernodle and Chapin, who were in a relationship, on the bottom floor, with Mogen and Goncalves sharing a bed on the top floor.

Authorities believe they were all stabbed to death somewhere between 3am to 4am that morning, after enjoying a night out.

A flyer seeking information about the killings of four University of Idaho students who were found dead is displayed on a table along with buttons and bracelets

A flyer seeking information about the killings of four University of Idaho students who were found dead is displayed on a table along with buttons and bracelets

Goncalves, 21, was one of the four students brutally knifed to death in Idaho, Moscow, on November 13. There have been several claims that she was being stalked before her death

Goncalves, 21, was one of the four students brutally knifed to death in Idaho, Moscow, on November 13. There have been several claims that she was being stalked before her death

Kaylee and Madison were out in Moscow hours before their deaths. The leaked surveillance photo was taken from the Corner Club bar at 1.32am

Kaylee and Madison were out in Moscow hours before their deaths. The leaked surveillance photo was taken from the Corner Club bar at 1.32am

Police in Idaho have combed through nearly 20,000 tips and questioned 300 people about the murders of four college students last month.

Authorities are today clearing the property, but previously state that they do not know how long it will take to clean up the property – adding it will be ‘returned to the property manager when complete.’

The update comes just days after Fry told KREM his investigators are still waiting for crime lab results from evidence collected at the scene.

‘We don’t want to rush that, we want to ensure that they’re taking their time to get all of that right,’ the police chief said in an interview Tuesday.

He added: ‘Real life and the movies are a lot different. You know, in the movies, they have all [the results] back in an hour.

‘We don’t get that in real life, so we’re going to be patient.’

Authorities are now preparing to turn the crime scene back over to the landlord

Authorities are now preparing to turn the crime scene back over to the landlord

Member sof the Moscow Police is pictured here removing some of the personal items from the home last month

Member sof the Moscow Police is pictured here removing some of the personal items from the home last month

Goncalves (right, pictured with Mogen) reportedly told him that the stalker would follow her ¿at night¿ when she was going to or from bars, either by the ¿campus or down on Main Street¿

Goncalves (right, pictured with Mogen) reportedly told him that the stalker would follow her ‘at night’ when she was going to or from bars, either by the ‘campus or down on Main Street’

It remains unclear whether any DNA was retrieved from the scene.

Earlier in the night, newly-released surveillance footage shows, Goncalves and Madison Mogen inside the Corner Club bar at 1.32am chatting with an unidentified man — wearing a baseball cap — minutes before they ran to pick up food.

The girls were seen with their backs turned to the surveillance camera inside the bar, which appeared to be filled with a mix of young and older adults.

The leaked surveillance photo was posted by former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer, who has dedicated her Twitter to the Idaho murder mystery.

She said she obtained the photo once it was made public, and posted it online to discourage leaking evidence in the unsolved mystery.

Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (middle) survived the brutal attack in the  rental house which saw their fellow University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle (second from left) Kaylee Goncalves (second from right) and Madison Mogen (right) killed

Dylan Mortensen (left) and Bethany Funke (middle) survived the brutal attack in the  rental house which saw their fellow University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle (second from left) Kaylee Goncalves (second from right) and Madison Mogen (right) killed

Authorities confirmed that there were 'several friends' inside the property when the 911 call was made, who have been assisting police with their inquiries

Authorities confirmed that there were ‘several friends’ inside the property when the 911 call was made, who have been assisting police with their inquiries

Authorities have previously said they were last spotted at a food truck at around 1.40am on November 13, before running to meet their ride home.

They returned to their off-campus house at 1.56am, at around the same time that Kernodle and Chapin returned from a fraternity house.

Their other housemates got back about 45 minutes earlier and were left unharmed in the attack.

Speaking to DailyMail.com in the aftermath, the man who drove them home said the community is now losing faith in the Moscow Police Department to solve the quadruple homicide.

‘Most of us have very little faith in the MPD. We can’t tell if we are watching qualified investigators who have a handle of the situation or if they are completely at a loss and grasping for straws.’

But Moscow police have denied that inexperienced officers – the lead investigator has only been a cop for two years – are hampering or have already botched the investigation.

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