Who is Xana Kernodle's mother? Web sleuths dig up Cara Kernodle's alleged Nov 19 arrest on 'drug charges'
MOSCOW, IDAHO: Internet sleuths are wondering whether a certain individual allegedly being held on drug charges in Idaho is the mother of tragic University of Idaho student Xana Kernodle.
Xana, 20, her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, and pals Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were found stabbed to death on November 13 on the second and third floors of an off-campus residence in Moscow, Idaho. The murders are believed to have been committed using a 'Rambo-style' knife while the students were asleep. Their roommates Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were reportedly also in the house at the time of the slayings but weren't harmed. They are said to have woken up hours later and called 911 after discovering the bodies. Idaho police have confirmed that Mortensen and Funke are not being considered suspects in the case.
As the tragedy continues to dominate headlines and authorities investigate what happened, web sleuths are doing their part by digging up information on all possible angles. "Is anyone going to call out the fact that Xana Kernodle's mother, Cara, was arrested on Nov 19 on drug charges and is being held on 50k bond?" one Twitter user who goes by the handle @OSUBucks89 wrote, attaching a screenshot from the current inmate list of Kootenai County Jail in Idaho. "That's a pretty stiff bond and happened so close to the death of Xana and the roommates not to be relevant," they added.
Is anyone going to call out the fact that Xana Kernodle's mother, Cara, was arrested on Nov 19 on drug charges and is being held on 50k bond? That's a pretty stiff bond and happened so close to the death of Xana and the roommates not to be relevant.— TheObjectiveFan (@OSUBucks89) November 24, 2022
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Responding to the tweet, another user alleged, "There’s a history of charges going back several years. She also goes by a different name on social media. Confirmed that this is her Mom from a post showing her two daughters, one of whom is clearly X. Not sure there’s a connection, just another layer of sad."
There’s a history of charges going back several years. She also goes by a different name on social media. Confirmed that this is her Mom from a post showing her two daughters, one of whom is clearly X. Not sure there’s a connection, just another layer of sad :(— At Kino M (@atkinom) November 24, 2022
Baseball writer Stacie Wheeler also appeared intrigued by the discussion and chimed in with a link to a 2013 warrant that listed one "Kernodle, Cara Denise," from Rathdrum, who was apparently fined $2,000 for driving without privileges.
Kernodle, Cara Denise, Rathdrum, driving without privileges, $2,000 https://t.co/igDShUWkif— Stacie Wheeler (@StacieMWheeler) November 24, 2022
While the identity of Xana Kernodle's mother remains a mystery at this time, her father Jeff Kernodle notably broke his silence after the tragedy and lauded his beloved daughter's bravery. Speaking to Arizona outlet 3TV/CBS 5, he revealed that Xana had bruises on her body, a sign that she was defending herself against her assailant. "Bruises, torn by the knife," the devastated father said. "She’s a tough kid. Whatever she wanted to do, she could do it," he added.
Jeff said his daughter constantly communicated with her family and nothing about that night seemed unusual. As per reports, on the night of November 12, Xana and Chapin went to a party while Mogen and Goncalves were out at a bar. Police say the victims came back home around 1.45 am and the attack took place between 3 am and 4 am. "I heard from her I think before we went out," Jeff told the outlet, "I think midnight was the last time we heard from her and she was fine."
The heartbroken dad described his daughter as a strong and responsible woman. “She didn’t really worry about the drama and stuff that much. She was never into that. She just liked having fun. Never about materialistic things,” he said. According to him, Xana and Chapin had been in a relationship for more than a year. "[W]hen I went up there she, I saw her just a week before that and she changed a lot," Jeff recalled. "She had a life. She got to see what it was like to have a boyfriend you live with. And she really turned around. She was really responsible. Helping him out with his studies and stuff. I was really impressed," he gushed.