An Idaho stabbing victim left the murder home before the attack but returned for a visit the day before the murders.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, was about to graduate early from the University of Idaho before she was murdered with her three friends in an off-campus home in Moscow.
Kaylee wasn’t even living in the house when the murders took place.
She recently moved out but returned the day before her death to see her ex-roommate Madison Mogen, 21, and go to a party, according to her parents Kristi and Steve.
Her parents told Dateline that Kaylee was graduating early from the University of Idaho and she had an IT job lined up in Austin, Texas.
“These girls were best friends since sixth grade, how inseparable,” Kristi Goncalves said of Kaylee and Madison, who both attended college.
“Maddie was a big part of our lives.”
Kaylee just bought a Range Rover that she wanted to show Madison when she visited, Kristi and Steve said.
“That was the last time I saw Kaylee,” her heartbroken mother recalled.
Kaylee never returned from her trip because 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger allegedly stabbed her and her friends on November 13.
The couple, Kaylee and Madison, along with roommate Xana Kenodle and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, both 20-year-old students at the university, died as a result of the attack.
The search for her killer went on for weeks until police arrested Kohberger, who was studying criminology at a nearby school, on December 30 at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
Police recovered a knife sheath with DNA on it, believed to have been used in the brutal stabbings near the bodies of Kaylee and Madison, a police affidavit revealed.
Kaylee’s parents hoped their daughter would reach for the sheath during the attack and help identify her killer.
“I just said, ‘Can you believe that?'” Kristi told the outlet, remembering reading the affidavit.
“And I said, ‘I hope maybe it was a fight, she took it from him, in the fight or whatever…'”
One of the responding police officers at the scene, Officer Brett Payne of the Moscow Police Department, said Kaylee and Madison were both in bed together and had “visible stab wounds,” according to the affidavit.
He added that when he later surveyed the room from the door, he noticed “what appeared to be a tan leather knife sheath lying on the bed to the side of Mogen’s right.”
Officer Payne said the scabbard was “later finished” and had “Ka-Bar,” “USMC,” and the United States Marine Corps eagle globe and anchor insignia embossed on the exterior.
He said the Idaho State Laboratory later found “a single source of male DNA (suspicious profile) left on the knife sheath’s button closure.”
After investigators identified Kohberger as a suspect, the police seized the trash from the Kohberger family home on December 27.
The next day, an Idaho lab reported a DNA profile obtained from the trash, and the DNA profile obtained from the casing identified a man who was not ruled out as the suspect’s biological father.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7139285/kaylee-goncalves-moved-out-returned-visit-idaho-murders/ Idaho victim Kaylee Gonclaves had moved out of the home where the attack took place and returned for a visit ONE DAY before the stabbings