A surviving roommate of the murdered Idaho students saw the suspected killer leave their house moments after the massacre took place, bombshell court filings reveal.
Dylan Mortensen saw the suspect – who was masked and dressed in all black – exit the house after one victim was heard crying and another said ‘there’s someone here’.
She also heard the suspect say, ‘it’s ok, I’m here to help you’ as he wandered the house committing the atrocity.
The newly-unsealed affidavit, which refers to Mortensen as DM, describes how she was confronted by the suspect after she investigated the disturbances – but apparently hadn’t realized the murders had taken place.
Suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, faces the death penalty if he is convicted over the murders of Idaho students Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, both 20, and best friends Madison Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves, both 21, on November 13.
(L-R) Dylan Mortensen, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen (on Kaylee’s shoulders), Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle and Bethany Funke
The house in Moscow, Idaho. Bombshell documents reveal the suspect was seen by one of the surviving housemates after he committed the massacre – but she was unaware of what happened and locked herself in her room
Dylan Mortensen, the surviving roommate, told police that she saw a masked man leave the house at approximately 4.20am. The first 911 call didn’t come in until just before noon
Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in the murders, allegedly patrolled the house in a black outfit and mask as he carried out the atrocity. Surviving roommate Dylan Mortensen said she saw the suspect after hearing screams from the third floor
In her interview with police, Mortensen said she was awoken at around 4am by what sounded like Goncalves ‘playing with her dog’ in a third-floor bedroom.
A short time later Mortensen, who was in her second-floor bedroom, heard Goncalves say ‘there’s someone here’, the haunting affidavit reveals. Mortensen looked out of her bedroom door but didn’t see anything.
She looked out of her room a second time shortly after, ‘when she heard what she thought was crying’ coming from Kernodle’s room, which is also on the second floor.
Mortensen then heard a male voice say something like, ‘it’s ok, I’m going to help you,’ the affidavit states.
IDAHO MURDERS: THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS
At 4.17am, a neighbor’s security camera picked up audio of ‘what sounded like voices or a whimper followed by a loud thud. A dog can also be heard barking numerous times.’
Mortensen ‘stated she opened her door for the third time after she heard the crying and saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her’.
The affidavit adds: ‘D.M. described the figure as 5’ 10″ or taller, male, not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows. The male walked past D.M. as she stood in a “frozen shock phase”.
‘The male walked towards the back sliding glass door. D.M. locked herself in her room after seeing the male.
‘D.M. did not state that she recognized the male. This leads investigators to believe that the murderer left the scene.’
Police said Mortensen’s statements, combined with phone records, led them to believe the killings took place between 4am and 4.25am.
The 19-page probable cause affidavit released on Thursday lays out the early stages of the police case against Kohberger, including how his DNA was found on a knife sheath left at the scene, and how he stalked the victims’ home in his white Hyundai Elantra before choosing to strike.
Kohberger was denied bail on Thursday during a brief court appearance in Moscow. He will return to court on January 12 for a status hearing.
Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger smiles at his attorney in court today as he is denied bail. Kohberger will return to court on January 12
Kohberger is shown on in court on Thursday after being extradited to Idaho from Pennsylvania
At one point Kohberger grinned during the 10-minute hearing, which some of the victims’ relatives attended.
He spent most of hearing looking directly at Judge Megan Marshall as she read him his rights and the five counts – four of murder and one of burglary – and answered ‘yes’ when asked if he understood each count.
Below, DailyMail.com breaks down the key pieces of information from the new court documents, and some of the questions that remain unanswered.
KOHBERGER’S DNA FOUND ON KNIFE SHEATH THAT WAS A 99.9% MATCH TO TRASH AT HIS FAMILY HOUSE
The most damning piece of evidence is the fact that a DNA sample taken from Kohberger’s family’s home in Pennsylvania matched DNA found on the snap button enclosure of a knife sheath found at the murder scene.
The sheath is described as ‘tan leather’ with the USMC (United States Marines Corps) and ‘KA-BAR’ insignia stitched on its exterior.
A similar sheath can be purchased online for less than $20.
The documents describe a tan, leather knife sheath with a button snap and ‘KA-BAR’ and USMC’ insignias being found at the scene. Above, a similar sheath that is available for purchase online on eBay
According to Moscow PD Officer Brett Payne – a rookie who joined the force in 2020 – the sheath was found on a single bed next to the stabbed corpses of Mogen and Goncalves.
‘I noticed what appeared to be a tan leather knife sheath laying on the bed next to Mogen’s right side (when viewed from the door).
‘The sheath was later processed and had “Ka-Bar” ‘USMC” and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia stamped on the outside of it.
‘The Idaho state lab later located a single source of male DNA (suspect Profile) left on the button snap of the knife sheath,’ Payne wrote.
That DNA sample was sent for lab processing and then onto the FBI’s genetic genealogy branch.
Through extensive research of public DNA databases, a match led to Kohberger’s home.
The 19-page affidavit details how Kohberger’s DNA was found on a knife sheath that was left at the crime scene. It was lying on the bed next to Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves
On December 27, an undercover team of police seized trash from Kohberger’s family home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
Police had already zeroed in on Kohberger by linking his white Hyundai Elantra to the scene.
On December 27, an undercover team of police seized trash from Kohberger’s family home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
A DNA sample from that trash returned a 99.98 percent match with the sample on the knife sheath.
Cops obtained a sample of his DNA on December 27, when they stole trash from his family’s house in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
That sample returned a 99.98 percent match with the sample found at the scene to Kohberger’s father.
SHOE PRINT FOUND IN THE MUD OUTSIDE SLIDING DOOR USED ‘BY KOHBERGER’
A shoe print was found in the mud outside the murders house, just outside the sliding door that Mortensen said was used by the killer to escape.
Police studied that shoe print and found a ‘diamond pattern’ which is consistent with the sole of a Vans shoe
Police studied that shoe print and found a ‘diamond pattern’ which is consistent with the sole of a Vans shoe.
It’s unclear if Kohberger owns Vans – the affidavit does not confirm the discovery of any shoe that has a sole print similar the one found at the scene.
HOW WHITE HYUNDAI ELANTRA LED POLICE TO KOHBERGER FIRST
A white Hyundai Elantra was observed on surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the crime, around the relevant time frame, but the absence of a front license plate made it harder for police to track down its owner.
On November 29, police obtained surveillance footage from the parking lot of Kohberger’s apartment building, some 10 miles from the murder scene, in Pullman, Washington State.
The white Hyundai Elantra that was seen in the area of the killings on the night in question. A University of Washington campus policeman was on the lookout for similar vehicles after the murders and noticed Kohberger’s car in the parking lot of his campus apartment
Moscow Police officers visited the parking lot to obtain a license plate for the vehicle.
They ran a search, and found multiple incidents in which the car and its owner – Bryan Kohberger – had been pulled over multiple times in the past.
With Kohberger’s name, police honed in on him and reviewed historic surveillance camera footage, along with phone records, going back several months.
KOHBERGER STALKED THE VICTIMS’ HOUSE, VISTING 12 TIMES BEFORE THE MURDERS
A police depiction of the route they believe Kohberger took on the night of the murders that was included in the case files
A study of Kohberger’s phone records and surveillance camera footage from Pullman, WA – where he lived – and Moscow, ID – the murder scene – revealed that he visited the area 12 times at least before November 13, the night of the killings.
Kohberger, a PhD student studying criminology, allegedly stalked the victims’ homes at least 12 times before the murders
Kohberger had to return to the state of Idaho to be formally charged and served with the search warrants that were used to secure his arrest.
Those documents are expected to be made public by the Idaho courts either during or after his appearance.
Kohberger is a PhD student studying criminology. He lived eight miles from the murder scene in student housing on the University of Washington’s Pullman campus.
Through his public defenders, he has protested his innocence. His family, who hid their faces during a court appearance in Pennsylvania earlier this week, also believe he is innocent.
Kohberger’s attorney in Idaho previously revealed his eagerness to return to Idaho to learn more about the authorities’ case against him.
After the November 13 killings, Kohberger and his father, Michael, drove 2,500 miles in a white Hyundai Elantra from Idaho to Pennsylvania.
WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE AND DID HE KNOW THE VICTIMS?
The two resounding questions that are not answered by the probably cause affidavit are did Kohberger know any of the victims, and what was his alleged motive?
It was previously revealed that there were ‘connections’ being found between the victims, namely Goncalves, and the suspect, but those connections have not yet been made public.
The probable cause affidavit lays out the evidence that led police to make an arrest but does not put forth the entire case against Kohberger.
That will emerge during trial – if the case gets to that stage.
HOW PHONE RECORDS REVEALED BRYAN KOHBERGER’S ‘STALKING’
August 21, 2022: Bryan Kohberger’s phone, ending in 8458 – was picked up by a cellphone tower providing coverage to the murder house – 1122 King Road, Moscow, Idaho.
He was in the vicinity of the victims’ home between 10:34pm and 11:35pm that night.
Kohberger was picked up by a cellphone tower near the property at least 11 more times before the murders on November 13. Cops have yet to share further details of those subsequent visits.
November 13, 2022, 2:42am: Kohberger’s 8458 phone was picked up by a cell tower near his home – 1630 Northeast Valley Road in Pullman, Washington.
2:47pm: Phone pinged again, indicating that it had begun to travel south through Pullman. Moments later, the phone stopped pinging, indicating that it had been put on airplane mode, turned off, or dropped off the network.
4:00-4:20am: Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were all knifed to death at 1122 King Road, Moscow.
4:48am: Kohberger’s phone pings network again on Idaho State Highway 95, south of Moscow.
4:50am-5:26am: Phone pings show it traveling south on ID95 to Genessee, Idaho, them west towards Uniontown, Idaho, and back north into Pullman, Washington.
5:30am: Kohberger’s phone pings again at 1630 Northeast Valley Road, indicating that he’d arrived back home.
November 13, 9:00am: Kohberger’s phone is on the move again, and travels back to the vicinity of the King Road murder house. It is picked up by a nearby cellphone tower between 9:12am and 9:21am.
9:32am: Kohberger’s phone indicates that he’s arrived back home in Pullman again.