Monroe County, PA – The parents of the man accused of murdering four University of Idaho students have been called to testify before a Pennsylvania grand jury in the separate case involving a missing woman whose remains were found in the woods in April.
Dana Smithers, 45, disappeared on May 28, 2022, WBRE reported.
Ring camera footage showed the mother-of-three leaving a friend’s home at about 11:05 p.m. that night, and she was never seen alive again, according to the Independent.
The Stroud Area Regional Police Department (SARPD) recovered Smithers’ remains from a wooded area in Stroudsburg in Monroe County near the Park Avenue on-ramp to Interstate 80 on April 27, according to WBRE.
Dental records were used to confirm her identity, and her exact cause and manner of death are unclear, the New York Post reported.
Bryan Kohberger, 28, was arrested at his parents’ home in Monroe County in December of 2022 in connection with the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students.
Remember them. Remember their names:
• Madison Mogen
• Kaylee Goncalves
• Xana Kernodle
• Ethan Chapin
— iTracii (@iTraciii) May 23, 2023
He lived in Washington state at the time of the murders, but was staying at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania when he was arrested.
His parents, Michael and Maryann Kohberger, were recently called to testify before a grand jury regarding Smithers’ case, the Daily Mail reported.
The potential connection between the Kohbergers and Smithers is unclear.
A source close to the investigation said Bryan Kohberger has a solid alibi and likely was not involved in Smithers’ disappearance, but the grand jury’s proceedings are still underway and the investigation remains ongoing, WBRE reported.
Maryann Kohberger has already given her testimony to the grand jury, according to the Daily Mail.
Michael Kohberger is expected to testify on Thursday.
Bryan Kohberger has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary in connection with the Nov. 13, 2022 murders of 20-year-old Xana Kernodle, 21-year-old Madison Mogen, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves, and 20-year-old Ethan Chapin.
He is currently being held at the Latah County Jail in Idaho pending trial, which is slated to begin on Oct. 2, the New York Post reported.