Bryan Kohberger case: Theory Idaho suspect was behind party house noise complaints debunked

Moscow, Idaho, police responded to noise complaints three times at the home where four University of Idaho students were later killed, but incident reports contain no evidence the prime suspect placed the calls as web sleuths have suggested.

Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student at nearby Washington State University, had also applied for an internship with local police.

He had allegedly been stalking the King Road home where three of the four victims lived for weeks, according to a probable cause affidavit

Kohberger's cellphone pinged near the house at least a dozen times before the quadruple homicide and once the morning after, according to investigators. And Moscow police pulled him over for a traffic stop near the victims' home less than a week after the first noise complaint in August.

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Bryan Kohberger enters a courtroom in Moscow, Idaho, Jan. 12, 2023, for a status hearing. He waived his right to a quick preliminary hearing and will appear in court again on June 26. (Kai Eiselein / Pool)

While his school had a database of police bodycam footage from several departments and surveillance video around Pullman, Washington, university officials say Kohberger was never granted access to those resources. And Moscow Police were not among the agencies sharing video. 

But the evidence of alleged stalking and his criminal justice background triggered speculation that Kohberger may have been involved in reporting the noise complaints or sought out the bodycam video. Police documents obtained by Fox News Digital do not support either possibility.

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Kaylee Goncalves speaks with local law enforcement on Aug. 16 after a noise complaint. (Moscow Police Department)

Two of the three complainants, on the evening of Sept. 1 and the early morning of Sept. 2, are identified in police reports as neighbors of the King Road home in Moscow. Both calls came from houses on Walenta Drive, the street behind the six-bedroom off-campus rental house.

An earlier incident report from Aug. 16 does not include a complainant's name. However, the responding officer, on bodycam video, repeatedly mentions that the loud music is disturbing neighbors.

Additionally, the incident reports include the names of members of the public who requested the reports and the dates when those requests were filed. Kohberger's name does not appear on the list. 

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Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, along with the women's two other roommates in Kaylee Goncalves' final Instagram post, shared the day before the slayings. (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram)

Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and a felony burglary charge after he allegedly entered a home on King Road in Moscow and ambushed Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20, and Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21.

The attacks happened around 4 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to authorities, and Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt previously said all four were stabbed to death. Steve Goncalves, Kaylee's father, told Fox News Digital in December that Mabbutt described the injuries to him as "big open gouges."

Investigators search Bryan Christopher Kohberger's home in Pullman, Washington, on Dec. 30, 2022. (Derek Shook for Fox News Digital)

Two other housemates were unharmed, including one who police say witnessed a masked man with "bushy eyebrows" flee after the killings. Goncalves' dog also survived the attack, and police later said they found possible animal hair while serving a search warrant at Kohberger's apartment in Pullman, less than 10 miles from the crime scene.

Kohberger is due back in court at the end of June for a preliminary hearing, where his defense is expected to challenge the evidence laid out against him. He is being held without bond.

If convicted of any of the four murder charges, he could face the death penalty.

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Front view of the house where four Idaho students were killed in November 2022. It is just steps away from the University of Idaho campus. (Adam Sabes/Fox News Digital)

The court has issued a gag order barring attorneys and investigators from commenting on the case.