One of the surviving roommates of the four slain University of Idaho students told investigators she heard crying in the house the morning of the murders, according to a probable cause affidavit released Thursday.
The student — identified by law enforcement as “D.M.” — also said she heard a voice say, “It’s OK, I’m going to help you,” and then saw a “figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her,” according to the affidavit.
The document added that D.M. described the figure as a man standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, who was “not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows.”
The man walked past D.M. as she stood in a “frozen shock phase,” law enforcement officials wrote.
“The male walked towards the back sliding glass door. D.M. locked herself in her room after seeing the male,” according to the document, adding the roommate did not recognize the man.
The affidavit said that the statements by the surviving witness and other evidence led investigators to believe the homicides occurred between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. local time (7 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. ET).
A Washington State University officer located a 2015 white Hyundai Elantra registered to suspect Bryan Kohberger in an apartment complex parking lot, and officials were able to zero in on him because his driver’s license information and photograph were consistent with the roommate’s description.