Idaho murders: 10 key mysteries that need to be solved

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Bryan Kohberger’s arrest has raised lots of questions about the Idaho quadruple murders. But this speculation focuses on two key points without any solid information: What’s the motive? And where’s the murder weapon? Yet there is one source of information we do have: the arrest warrant affidavit of Corporal Brett Payne.   

While still speculative, a close read of that document raises some important points.  

1. Why didn’t D.M. call 911 after seeing the perp? (p. 4) 

This has been the most remarked-upon aspect of the affidavit. Adding to it is the fact that even seven hours later, D.M.’s first call was not to 911, but to friends, who arrived and apparently participated in the 911 call.  

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What has been overlooked has been the strongly positive aspect of D.M.’s eyewitness encounter. Her description of who she saw in the house undoubtedly helped inform the focus on Kohberger once his car was found. And as such informed the subsequent search warrants done on his phone’s movements and, likely, his social media, cloud account and other digital platforms.  

Parishioners gather in Moscow, Idaho, on Thanksgiving weekend to pray for the victims of the slaying. (Derek Shook for

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