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Sister of murder victim Dana Smithers breaks silence on strange Bryan Kohberger ‘link’ to sibling’s death

By Maeve Cullinan,


THE SISTER of a woman found dead last month has broken her silence on the potential connection between suspected Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger and her sister's death.

Dana Smithers, 45, was last seen alive in May 2022 in Munroe County, Pennslyvania.
Dana Smithers was last seen alive in May 2022 Credit: Facebook/Dana Smithers

Her remains were found in April, and the cause of her death is unclear.

Bryan Kohberger was living in Munroe County at the time, sparking speculation that he might have been involved in some way.

Kohberger is currently on trial for the murder of four University of Idaho students.

In November 2022, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were murdered in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho.

This week, Bryan's parents were served a subpoena and asked to testify before a grand jury in Monroe County but it's unclear why they were called.

The appearance could be related to Kohberger, or it could be due to their proximity to Smithers' case.

Smithers' sister, Stacey, has now spoken out on the potential link.

Stacey has revealed to NewsNation that Kohberger was not in the area at the time, and she does not believe the cases are connected.

The Stroud Area Regional Police Department also released a statement on Thursday, May 24.

The department has stated that there is “no evidence” showing a link between Kohberger and Smithers’ disappearance.

“The Stroud Area Regional Police Department is aware of the many currently reported news articles, in which various media outlets have reported connections between the SARPD’s Dana Smithers missing person investigation and Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger,” the department said.

“The SARPD has NO EVIDENCE that Dana Smithers’ disappearance, is in ANY WAY tied to Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger," they continued.

Dana Smithers was last seen at around 11pm on May 28, 2022, in Ring camera footage.

Her remains were discovered a little less than a year later 30 miles away from the Kohberger home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

A source close to the matter told NewsNation that Kohberger has a strong alibi which would prove that he is not involved in Smithers' disappearance.
Bryan Kohberger is currently on trial for the murder of four University of Idaho students in November 2022 Credit: AFP
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