New details have come to light about the four University of Idaho students who were murdered in November.
NewsNation reports that two of the victims – Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin – were found by Chapin’s best friend and that it was this friend who called 911.
Kernodle and Chapin, who were dating, were found stabbed to death inside an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, on November 13 along with Maddie Mogen and Kaylee Goncalves.
Authorities allege that Bryan Kohberger, a graduate student at nearby Washington State University, murdered the four Idaho undergraduates in the pre-dawn hours of that Sunday.
Citing unnamed sources, News Nation reports that Chapin’s friend discovered the bodies and checked for pulses before shouting for someone to call 911. A 911 call was made at 11:58 a.m. using a phone belonging to Dylan Mortensen, one of the surviving roommates.
It is not clear what prompted the friend to visit the home.
NewsNation recently reported that Mortensen had yelled around 4 a.m. that she was trying to sleep and had mistakenly believed noises from the murders were people partying.
“Calm down, you’re being loud!” Mortensen allegedly said, according to the news outlet. “I’m trying to sleep!”
Mortensen later reported seeing a man clad in black wearing a face mask with bushy eyebrows, a description consistent with Kohberger, but Mortensen may have assumed that the man had just been partying.
The new details may help explain why authorities were not called to the home until nearly noon, hours after the slayings.
Kohberger is scheduled to appear in court in June for a preliminary hearing.
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[Feature Photo: Left, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle; Top right: Kaylee Goncalves; Bottom right: Madison Mogen/Instagram]