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Body cam footage from Moscow murder suspect's traffic stop sheds light on vehicle's history

According to a CarFax report, the owner of the car seen in the body cam footage re-registered the car in Pullman on Nov. 18, five days after the murders.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — For the first time, we are seeing the video of Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger as he was pulled over in Indiana.

The newly released body cam and dash cam videos show an Indiana State trooper pulling over a white Hyundai Elantra for following too closely. From this body camera footage, KREM 2 was able to gather information about the vehicle's history.

In the body cam video, you can see Kohberger in the driver's seat of the car with his dad beside him. The two were driving the car to Pennsylvania from Pullman, where Kohberger attended Washington State University.

You can hear the men tell the trooper they had been pulled over previously by a Deputy from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. The trooper ends up letting them go with a warning.

Just a week earlier, on Dec. 7, 2022, Moscow Police had asked for help to find the owner of a 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra in connection with the four University of Idaho students murdered in November

From the body cam footage, the license plate number on the car can be easily seen. KREM 2 was able to use that license plate number to find the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) in an online database.

From that search, the vehicle's CarFax report was found.

According to the report, the white Hyundai Elantra seen in the body cam footage was purchased in Pennsylvania in 2019. The next year, it was registered in Pennsylvania.

The owner of the car re-registered and serviced the car several times between then and 2022.

According to the report, the owner of the car re-registered the car in Pullman to get Washington plates on Nov. 18, 2022. This is five days after the murders of the four University of Idaho students took place.

KREM 2 reached out to the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to confirm if Kohberger is the one who is registered to the car, but have not yet heard back.

Despite the public request, Indiana State Police said in a written statement that they did not have the information available.

"At the time of this stop, there was no information available on a suspect for the crime in Idaho, to include identifying information or any specific information related to the license plate state or number of the white Hyundai Elantra which was being reported in the media to have been seen in or around where the crime occurred."

Indiana State Police released the video shortly after Kohberger waived his extradition rights at his court hearing in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. 

28-year-old Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Monroe County, Pa. on the early morning of Dec. 30 in connection to the deaths of four University of Idaho students. The arrest comes nearly seven weeks after the students' bodies were found in an off-campus home.

Kohberger's attorney Jason LaBar said his client is "eager to be exonerated."


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