In a statement to the police, Dylan Mortensen, a surviving roommate of the four brutally murdered Idaho students, said she saw the suspected killer leave their house moments after the massacre.
Her description of the person she passed in the hallway of the home she shared with the deceased students included a masked person dressed in all black with “bushy eyebrows.”
In her statement, Mortenson claimed the suspected killer exited their home after the massacre, as she heard one of the victims crying and the suspect saying, “it’s okay, I’m here to help you.” Mortensen also claimed she heard one of the murder victims, Kaylee Gonclaves, warn, “there’s someone here.”
Daily Mail reports – In her interview with police, Mortensen said she was awoken at around 4 am 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.
At 4.17 am, 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. (Dylan Mortensen) 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 4 am and 4.25 am.
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.
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.
The 28-year-old Criminology Ph.D. student Bryan Kohberger was seen smiling today in court during his arraignment as members of the victim’s families were seated in the courtroom.
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 of Kohberger’s father.