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Idaho murders: Roommate saw masked killer leave house, doctors say

Idaho murders: Roommate saw masked killer leave house, doctors say

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Roommate who survived quadruple murders at the University of Idaho told police she saw a man wearing black clothing and a mask walk past her at her house the night of the murders, and she stood “frozen” and in “shock,” according to recently released court documents.

The roommate said she didn’t recognize the man who walked toward the rear sliding glass door at her off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, according to documents released Thursday. She locked herself in her room after seeing him, the documents said.

Other chilling details revealed in court documents include that the suspect’s phone was near the victims’ home at least 12 times before the murders, at least in August, but his phone was turned off when the murders took place.

Two roommates, who police said were not suspects, survived the attack in the early hours of November 13. Later that morning, the roommates called friends to their house because they thought one of the victims on the second floor had passed out and wasn’t waking up, police said. Around noon, 911 was called from one of the roommate’s phones asking for help for an unconscious person, police said.

Responders found University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen and Ethan Chapin, all stabbed to death.

A photo posted by Kayleigh Goncalves a few days before their deaths shows University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Kayleigh Goncalves.

Kaylee Goncalves/Instagram

The mysterious murders remained unsolved for weeks and attracted national interest. The 28-year-old suspect, Brian Koberger, was arrested in his home state of Pennsylvania on Friday and was extradited to Idaho on Wednesday.

Here’s what we learned from the court documents:

DNA

According to the documents, DNA from the suspect was found in a brown leather scabbard left on Mogen’s bed.

On Dec. 27, police removed trash from Koberger’s parents’ home in Pennsylvania, and a lab later determined DNA from the trash belonged to the father of the man who left the DNA on the knife sheath, the affidavit said.

A shoe print believed to be from the intruder was found outside one of the survivors’ rooms, the affidavit added.

The timeline of the murders

Police believe the murders took place between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m., according to court documents.

Kernodle received a DoorDash order at the house around 4 a.m., according to the affidavit.

One of the surviving roommates said she was awakened around 4 a.m. by what sounded like Goncalves playing with her dog in one of the third-floor bedrooms, according to the affidavit.

Idaho murders: Roommate saw masked killer leave house, doctors say

A private security firm has taken over the duty of securing the crime scene at a home in the 1100 block of King Road in Moscow.

Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images, FILE

“Shortly” after that, the roommate said she “heard who she thought was Goncalves say something along the lines of ‘there’s someone here,'” the documents said. But it could have been Kernodle on her phone because records show she was on TikTok around 4:12 a.m., the affidavit said.

The roommate said she “looked out of her bedroom but saw nothing when she heard the comment that someone was in the house,” the documents state. “She opened her door a second time when she heard what she thought was crying coming from Kernodle’s room.”

The roommate “then said she heard a male voice say something along the lines of ‘it’s okay, I’ll help you,'” according to the documents.

PHOTO: FILE - Four University of Idaho students were found dead Nov. 13, 2022.

Four University of Idaho students found dead November 13, 2022

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The roommate said she opened her door again when she heard the crying and then saw the masked figure, the documents said.

She described the intruder as 5-foot-10 or taller and “not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows,” according to the documents.

Around 4:17 a.m., a security camera less than 50 feet from Kernodle’s room picked up the sounds of a dog barking and “a distorted sound of what sounded like voices or whimpers, followed by a loud thump,” according to the documents.

PHOTO: A private security officer, right, walks to his car after talking to the occupants of another vehicle, left, Jan. 3, 2023, outside the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in November 2022 Mr.

A private security officer, right, walks to his car after talking to the occupants of another vehicle, left, Jan. 3, 2023, outside the house in Moscow, Idaho, where four University of Idaho students were killed in November 2022.

Ted S. Warren/AP

The white Hyundai Elantra

After the victims were found, authorities reviewed surveillance video from the area and saw the suspect’s white Hyundai Elantra drove by the victims’ house three times before entering the area a fourth time at 4:04 a.m., according to the documents.

Police said they traced the car’s journey that night back to nearby Pullman, Wash., where the suspect lived while attending Washington State University.

PHOTO: Bryan Kohberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, is escorted to an extradition hearing in Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

Brian Koberger, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students, is escorted to an extradition hearing in Monroe County Court in Stroudsburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

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Kohberger was a Ph.D. student in Washington State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the time of the murders. Washington State’s campus is less than 10 miles from Moscow, Idaho.

Moscow police asked law enforcement to be on the lookout for white Elantras, the affidavit said, and on Nov. 29, a Washington State University police officer searched cars matching that description at the university and found one registered to Kohberger.

Kohberger registered his white Elantra in Washington state on Nov. 18 — five days after the murders — and got a new license plate, according to the documents. The car was previously registered in Pennsylvania and its Pennsylvania license plate was due to expire on November 30.

Kohberger’s phone tracking

Kohberger’s phone was traced to Moscow before the attack and as the driver of the white Elantra returned to Pullman. However, the phone was turned off from 2:47 a.m. to 4:48 a.m., which “is consistent with Kochberger’s attempt to conceal his location during the quadruple murder,” the document said.

His phone was near the victims’ home at least 12 times before the murders, at least in August, the document said. All but one of these times were late at night or early in the morning.

The morning after the murders, he approached the house between 9:12 a.m. and 9:21 a.m., the documents said, citing cell phone data.

Who is Bryan Kohberger?

Police said they learned Kohberger had applied for an internship with Pullman police in the fall of 2022, and in an essay he said he wanted to help “rural law enforcement agencies with how to better collect and analyze technology data in public safety operations,” the affidavit said.

“Kohberger also posted a survey on Reddit that … asked participants to provide information to ‘understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime,'” the affidavit said.

PHOTO: This photo provided by the Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger.

This photo provided by the Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Facility shows Bryan Kohberger. Arrest documents filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County District Court on Dec. 30, 2022, say Koberger, 28, is being held for extradition in a criminal investigation into the slayings of four University of Idaho students, based on an active warrant. an arrest warrant for first-degree murder issued by the Moscow Police Department and the Latakh District Prosecutor’s Office.

Monroe County (PA) Correctional Facility via AP

Kohberger appeared in a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and burglary and agreed to be extradited to Idahowhere he is currently in custody.

Kohberger’s Pennsylvania attorney, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBarre, said in a statement that his client is “eager to be exonerated of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as quickly as possible.”

PHOTO: Brian Kochberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, looks to his attorney, Public Defender Ann Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latta County Circuit Court, Jan. 5 2023, in Moscow, Idaho.

Brian Koberger, left, who is accused of killing four University of Idaho students in November 2022, looks to his attorney, public defender Anne Taylor, right, during a hearing in Latta County Circuit Court, Jan. 5, 2023 ., in Moscow, Idaho .

Ted S. Warren/AP

Moscow police said Tuesday night that an Idaho judge had issued a nondisclosure order in the case

“The order prohibits any communication by investigators, law enforcement officials, attorneys and agents of the prosecutor or defense attorney regarding this case,” police said. “Due to this court order, the Moscow Police Department will no longer communicate with the public or media regarding this case.”

ABC News’ Luke Barr, Kaina Whitworth, Jenna Harrison and John Capel contributed to this report.


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