On Saturday, an attorney representing Kaylee Goncalves’ family said that one of the roommates who survived the Nov. 13 quadruple homicide near the University of Idaho “was able to give some additional identification” about the suspect to police.
Attorney Shanon Gray told Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” the roommate, identified as D.M. in the affidavit and one of two who survived the gruesome attack, “is still a victim in this case.”
“And the fact that she was able to give some additional Identification I think it beneficial in this case. She was able to give kind of type and build and what [the suspect] looked like a little bit — bushy eyebrows, things along those lines,” he said.
This comes after it was revealed that the roommate, who was initially believed to have been asleep throughout the ordeal, had actually come face-to-face with the murderer on the night of the slayings, but froze in fear and locked herself in her room.
The roommate “opened her door for the third time” that Sunday morning “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.”
“D.M. described the figure as 5′ 10″ or taller, male, not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows,” the affidavit states.
After the suspect apparently walked past her while she stood by the door on the second floor of the home, the suspect walked toward the back sliding glass door, and “D.M. locked herself in her room after seeing the male,” whom she did not recognize.
Gray does not know exactly why the roommate closed her door, but suggested that she was “scared to death” during the encounter.
Later that day, at 11:58 a.m., one of the roommates called 911. Police arrived around noon and located the four victims, Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin.
The victims had been stabbed to death with what investigators believe was a kind of “edged weapon” upon arrival. Investigators discovered a tan Ka-Bar knife sheath beside Mogen’s bed on the third floor, where she and Goncalves were stabbed to death. That sheath contained a single source of DNA that matched the suspect’s profile.
On Dec. 30, over six weeks after the murders, The Moscow Police Department named Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old criminology Ph.D. student at nearby Washington State University in Pullman, as the primary suspect in the case. His 2015 white Hyundai Elantra and his phone were the major factors tying him to the crime scene.
Five days after the killings, on Nov. 18, Kohberger changed the license plate on his vehicle, and a month after the killings surveillance footage captured the vehicle in Colorado.
Kohberger was driving with his father back to his family home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania. He was stopped twice on Dec. 15 by authorities in Indiana before he returned to the home where investigators recovered trash containing DNA that “identified a male as not being excluded as the biological father of suspect profile.”
Gray said Goncalves’ family was “relieved, initially, to find a suspect” and put a “name and a face to all of this stuff.”
“No one knew anything about Kohberger until he was arrested,” the attorney said. “We didn’t know anything until the name was given to the public. Obviously, since then, since we have a name and a face, I think all the families are going back and looking at if there [are] any connections between any of the victims in the case.”
Police have not disclosed a motive for the murders.
Kohberger was ordered by a Latah County judge to be held without bond in the local jail during his initial hearing Tuesday morning.