Idaho police chief laments lack of transparency in early investigation into murder of four college students.

An Idaho police chief who led a high-profile investigation into the killing of four students at the University of Idaho in November said he regrets not being more forthcoming with the public after the November killings.

“From the beginning, I took it upon myself to not go to the press and not talk about it. This would be something I would change in the future. It’s a lesson learned,” Moscow police chief James Fry told NBC News on Saturday during an emotional sit-down interview in which he shed a tear.

Fry said that earlier dissemination of the message could reduce public anxiety and fear.

A more transparent approach, according to Fry, “would give people some confidence that we have blocked the scene. We’re getting search warrants. The state police are coming. The FBI is coming. gives you some peace of mind.”

Fry and the department were heavily criticized during the nearly two-month investigation for their lack of transparency and mixed messages about the case.

The shocking crimes have swept across the country and the public has received some 19,000 reports that police say were critical to the investigation.

Officials announced Friday that 28-year-old Brian Christopher Kochberger, a resident of Pullman, Washington, was detained in Albrightsville in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 2,500 miles from the Idaho campus.

He will be charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary for breaking into a home in Moscow, Idaho with intent to commit a felony, authorities said.

DNA evidence played a key role in linking the killings to Kochberger, two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

Kochberger was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police seven weeks after four students were stabbed to death in their beds, an event that stunned residents of tiny Moscow, puzzled police and sparked a nationwide manhunt.

On Saturday, Fry apologized to the families of the victims for the heartache. He said he hoped the suspect’s arrest would lead to some closure for the families, and noted that investigators would do their best to provide them with answers.

“We care. We have always cared and we will continue to work hard to give them the answers they need. We can give them answers, and we can give them some completion so that they understand. what we’re here for.”

Koberger seems to have taken a strong interest in crime. He was listed as a Ph.D. a criminal justice and criminology student at Washington State University (WSU), which is 10 miles west and right across the state line from the University of Idaho.

A Pennsylvania court in Monroe County, north of Allentown, on Friday ordered Kochberger to be extradited to Idaho next month, court records showed.

The November 13 attack killed Ethan Chapin, 20, of Conway, Washington; Madison Mogen, 21, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Xana Kernodle, 20, from Avondale, Arizona; and Kaylee Gonsalves, 21, from Rathdrum, Idaho.

Top left: Kaylee Gonsalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.
Top left: Kaylee Gonsalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle.

Authorities have not released a motive for the murder, and Fry said he is protected by law in what he can reveal to the public.

A statement about the probable reason for Kochberger’s arrest is classified and cannot be made public until he sets foot in Idaho and receives the documents in court, authorities said.

Fry said Saturday that despite all the criticism his department has faced, he has tried not to listen to it.

Authorities said investigators were reluctant to reveal key details of the investigation so as not to compromise a potential charge and lest the suspect be warned.

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