Dylan Mortensen spotted for first time since it was revealed she came face to face with Idaho killer

Dylan Mortensen spotted for first time since it was revealed she came face to face with Idaho killer
Ethan Chapin, Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen were found dead in an off-campus accommodation in Moscow, Idaho (@kayleegoncalves/Instagram)

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BOISE, IDAHO: Dylan Mortensen, the roommate who survived the University of Idaho murders and came face-to-face with the killer just moments after the killings, was spotted for the first time at her family home following the brutal murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in an off-campus accommodation at 1122 King Road in Moscow, Idaho, in the early hours of November 13, 2022.

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Captured by Daily Mail, Mortensen was seen dressed in a navy blue jacket and shorts with her hair tied back, as she made her way to her place after making a trip to Starbucks. The 21-year-old came under the radar following her description of the encounter with the killer. She explained that she had been woken up several times throughout the night and opened the door to check what the disturbances were. At one point she heard a voice say "it's okay, I'm going to help you." When she opened her bedroom door for a third time, she said she saw someone with "bushy eyebrows." The Moscow Police Department Corporal Brett Payne in the affidavit alleged that Mortenson heard “chilling cries” and also saw the killer walk right past her, as previously reported. While a police affidavit stated as per New York Post, "[Mortensen] saw a figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her. Mortensen described the figure as 5′10″ or taller, male, not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows. The male walked past [her] as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.’ The male walked towards the back sliding glass door. Mortensen locked herself in her room after seeing the male." 

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Why Mortensen did not call 911 immediately?

Many were left wondering how she escaped the gruesome fate of her housemates and if the crime took place between 3 am and 4 am, why the 911 call didn’t happen until 11.58 am, and why Mortensen did not call immediately. A law enforcement source told New York Post that the "8-hour gap has been something that we have puzzled over — we don’t know if it was an issue of intoxication or of fear.”

Dr Akeem Marsh, a clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University Grossman School of Medicine told Washington Times, "It’s possible what happened with her was that she sort of went into a dissociation state and was just kind of confused and shocked and not really understanding what’s going on. In those states, the mind is really shutting down to protect itself.” 

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Arrest of Bryan Kohberger

Both Dylan and her other roommate Bethany Funke survived the attack. Bryan Kohberger, who graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania in May 2022 with a master of arts in criminal justice and is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, was arrested by the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police on December 30, 2022, and was arraigned by a Monroe County judge.

Bryan Kohberger, right, appears at a hearing in Latah County District Court on January 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Kohberger has been arrested for the murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022.
Bryan Kohberger, right, appears at a hearing in Latah County District Court on January 5, 2023, in Moscow, Idaho. Kohberger has been arrested for the murders of four University of Idaho students in November 2022 (Ted S. Warren - Pool/Getty Images)

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He faces four counts of first-degree murder for the brutal stabbings of four students. At a court hearing on December 3, Kohberger waived extradition as he agreed to be extradited from Pennsylvania to Idaho in his first court hearing, as previously reported by MEAWW. He is now being held on bail and will appear in court on January 12, as previously reported.

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