Idaho murder victims’ roommate heard crying, saw man in mask morning of killings: court docs

One of the Idaho murder victims’ surviving roommates heard crying then opened her door and saw a man wearing a black mask, according to a newly unsealed filing that paints a vivid account of the massacre.

The roommate, identified only as D.M., awoke at 4 a.m. Nov. 13 by what she thought was the sound Kaylee Goncalves playing with her dog, Murphy, on the third floor. 

A short time later, she heard what she thought was Goncalves saying “there’s someone here,” the document says. 

D.M. opened her door and heard crying coming from Xana Kernodle’s room and a male voice saying “it’s OK, I’m going to help you.”

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Bryan Kohberger’s booking photo with insets of his alleged victims. 
(Monroe County Prison/Instagram)

A little after 4:17 a.m. D.M. opened her door again and “saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her,” Moscow police office Brett Payne wrote in in the affidavit. “The male walked past D.M. as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’”

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Investigators believe the man is Bryan Kohberger, who they say left DNA on the button of a tan leather knife sheath found at the crime scene after allegedly stabbing to death Goncalves, Kernodle, Madison Mogen and Ethan Chapin, according to the document.

The bombshell revelations were revealed in a probable cause affidavit that was unsealed Thursday before Kohberger made his initial appearance in Latah County Court.

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is accused of killing Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen.
(Latah County Sheriff’s Office)

Kohberger is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary for fatally stabbing Goncalves, 21, Mogen, 22, Chapin, 20, and Kernodle, 20, in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 in an off campus rental home.

The gruesome murders left the small town of Moscow, Idaho, deeply shaken, as the killer remained on the loose for weeks.

As investigators feverishly processed the gruesome crime scene, Kohberger carried on with business as usual on the Pullman, Washington, campus – an eight-mile drive from the King Road home where the victims took their last breaths.

The victims of Nov. 13 University of Idaho massacre. 
(Instagram @xanakernodle / @maddiemogen / @kayleegoncalves)

The Washington State University Ph.D. student continued teaching classes until the semester wrapped up, authorities said.

Moscow police, who worked the case in partnership with the FBI and the Idaho State Police, announced Dec. 7 that they were looking for a white 2011 to 2013 Hyundai Elantra spotted near the crime scene at the time of the murders.

It was the first major clue that tight-lipped law enforcement officials released, and the car search soon took center stage in their investigation.

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Kohberger was arrested Friday at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and extradited Wednesday to Idaho. 

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and By News4buffalo.com Business. Email tips to audrey.conklin@fox.com or on Twitter at @audpants.

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