(MAINNEWS) – Some online sleuths claim mass slaying suspect Bryan Kohberger can be spotted in images taken during a vigil for the four University of Idaho students he allegedly killed.
The hawk-eyed internet users theorize a man who they believe resembles the 28-year-old suspect can be seen in video taken during a Nov. 30 vigil at the university.
Clips viewed thousands of times and shared online have many Twitter users asking if a man walking through the service wearing a blue jacket could be Kohberger.
“The blue coat guy at the vigil for the slain Idaho college students appears to have identical profile as Bryan Kohberger being escorted into court today,” one Twitter poster asserted. “Same weak chin, same long nose, same hollowed out eyes and same height of hairline. It’s Bryan at that vigil!”
The assertion triggered a debate, with some arguing the “blue coat guy” appeared to be older than Kohberger. Others shot down the theory because the murder suspect’s hairline and profile are seemingly different than those of the man pictured.
“Definitely not him,” one poster replied. “Dude in blue has a receding hairline and his ears are slanted. At first I thought it was him, but looking at these pics side by side, definitely not.”
Others shared side-by-side screenshots of the man in the video and photos of Kohberger in court, claiming the profiles are an exact match.
“Blue coat guy’s profile at the vigil many think is Bryan Kohberger compared with Bryan being escorted into court today,” one Twitter user wrote while comparing the images. “The side by side looks 100% to me!”
Another internet inspector chimed in: “Wasn’t sure before but now I am that’s him.”
The father of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, who was found dead in her off-campus home in Moscow along with roommates Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, previously acknowledged the likeliness that his daughter’s killer could show up at her vigil.
In early December, Steve Goncalves said that was part of the reason his family had held off on a funeral service, noting it was his wife’s “biggest fear” that the killer would attend a service in honor of their daughter.
Kohberger has also been suspected of posting in a Facebook group about the case under the alias “Pappa Rodger.”
Jennifer Coffindaffer, a former FBI agent, said one of the comments made by that account seemed to hint that Kohberger was behind the account. The post read, “Of the evidence released, the murder weapon has been consistent as a large fixed blade knife. This leads me to believe they found the sheath.”
Authorities did recover a knife sheath at the murder scene, but its existence was not made public until after Kohberger’s arrest on Dec. 30.
By Isabel Keane