murders at the university of idaho
It’s been a year since the murder of four University of Idaho students in their off-campus home – with the two surviving roommates keeping a low profile since this horrific murder.
Dylan Mortensen and Bethany Funke were both at home when criminology student Bryan Kohbeger allegedly sneaked into the house in Moscow on November 13, 2022, and stabbed their roommates Maddie Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernoddle and Ethan Chapin to death in their bed.
Mortensen, 21, even came face to face with the killer moments after the bloody massacre, telling authorities she saw a “figure dressed in black clothing and a mask” walking toward the back exit of the house just after 4 a.m., according to a police report.
The two women also allegedly texted each other during the murders and received an outpouring of hate online after it was revealed no one called 911 for several hours after the quadruple murder.
Since then, the two spared roommates have kept a low profile.
Mortensen is said to have “isolated herself”.
She was seen briefly after the murders near her parents’ home, but has since escaped media attention.
“In the first weeks after these homicides, she was basically harassed on social media,” private investigator J. Reuben Appelman told NewsNation.
“It’s part of the trauma she experienced. Dylan herself has withdrawn from the public, very few people see her.
Mortensen’s father allegedly told Appelman that his daughter was now undergoing “some sort of trauma therapy.”
“She benefits from the help of the spiritual community,” explained the private detective. “She does what she can without going out in public.”
Funke, 21, kept an even lower profile and now lives in Nevada.
We only heard about her when her lawyers filed a motion earlier this year to dismiss a subpoena that would require him to testify in the defense of murder suspect Bryan Kohberger.
Funke, however, then agreed to sit down for an interview with the suspect’s lawyers. It is unclear whether this happened or what came of it.
Why Mortensen and Funke took so long to call police the night of the murders remains a mystery.
“We don’t know if it was a matter of drunkenness or fear,” an Idaho police source told the Post in January.
According to a newly released police affidavitMortensen thought he heard Goncalves say, “There’s someone here,” followed by crying from Kernodle’s room and a male voice echoing, “It’s okay, I’ll help you.”
Initial police reports indicated that the roommates – who lived on the first and second floors of the house – had friends come to the scene before one of them ultimately called 911.
The two men were quickly excluded from suspect status, police said.
In December, Mortensen and Funke got matching tattoos on the backs of their elbows to honor their murdered roommates — the first letter of each of their friends’ first names surrounded by angel wings.
Mortensen said his four roommates “changed the way I looked at life.”
Funke wrote that the victims “were all gifts to this world in your own way – and it just wouldn’t be the same without you.”