Video shows mystery man with murdered Idaho students
Frustration mounts over the investigation into the quadruple murder of four University of Idaho students as no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified 11 days after the brutal stabbing.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Moscow police released some new details about the case, refusing to say why they think the killings were targeted – instead telling the terrified community to “trust us”.
Questions are raised about a possible connection to a stabbing murder in Oregon in 2021, which also remains unsolved.
When asked about the case, Police Chief James Fry simply said there are “things we’re going to follow up on”.
Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death on Nov. 13 in an off-campus house the three women shared in Moscow. Two other housemates were home at the time of the murders, but were unharmed.
The housemates, Goncalves’ ex-boyfriend, the person who gave Goncalves and Mogen a ride home, and a man who was with them at a late-night food truck, have all been ruled out as suspects.
Guns, deadbolts and a massive student exodus
Parents are ordering deadbolts, teenagers are asking for guns and the streets are empty in Moscow, reports Sheila Flynn of UKTN.
The eerie scene hasn’t changed in more than ten days since four University of Idaho students — Xana Kernodle, 20, Ethan Chapin, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, were murdered in their off-campus rental home .
The killer remains on the loose and locals of the town of just 25,000 tell UKTN fears are mounting as time passes without any arrests and with little information from the police
Read Sheila’s account from the ground in Idaho:
Guns, deadbolts and mass student exodus: Terror grips Idaho city after murders
Parents are ordering deadbolts, teenagers are asking for guns and Moscow streets are empty. A killer – or killers – is on the loose ten days after four students were murdered in their beds. Local residents tell Sheila Flynn how fear grows as time passes with no arrests and little information from the police
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 11:00 AM
Moscow police are urging the public to continue to provide tips
On Wednesday, police renewed their commitment to the investigation and thanked the public for the numerous tips received, stressing that no piece of evidence was too small.
They continue to investigate more than 1,000 tips received since the Nov. 13 killings, Moscow police chief James Fry said.
He encouraged residents to continue to submit information they believe is related to the killings.
“We still believe more information needs to be gathered,” Fry said. “We are asking anyone, with any information … to give that information to us.”
“Even if you don’t believe it’s relevant, researchers will determine if and how your information forms a picture. Sometimes what a photo or video doesn’t show is just as important as what should be there.”
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 10:00 am
Moscow authorities said they will not reveal certain details in order to preserve the investigation
Idaho police said they believe the quadruple homicide was targeted, but would not disclose who was targeted or why they think so.
Local police said the priority is to preserve the evidence and prevent it from potentially being compromised.
“You’re going to have to rely on that at this point because we’re not going to disclose why we think that,” Moscow Police Chief Roger Lanier said at a press conference on Wednesday.
UKTNJosh Marcus has the story:
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 09:00
No suspects in investigations ten days after the brutal murders
Ten days after the four victims were stabbed to death in their rooms, police said Wednesday they still have not identified a suspect or found a murder weapon.
They kept asking for tips and surveillance footage.
Moscow police captain Roger Lanier told a press conference that his department is doing everything possible to solve the case and that the detectives are prepared to work through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Authorities gave no indication that they are any closer to an arrest, but they did emphasize that they are continuing to process forensic evidence collected from the home where the students were killed.
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 8:00 AM
Students will not be asked to return to campus until 2023
As Moscow’s community reels from the brutal murders, fellow students continue to grapple with security concerns as the killer walks free.
University president Scott Greene said the college plans to be “flexible through the end of the semester,” and that faculty were asked to prepare in-person and distance learning options for the final two weeks of the semester.
UKTN has the story:
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 7:00 AM
Missteps in the 10-day study, according to experts
Experts have pointed to a series of missteps in the investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.
While the public and grieving families have grown frustrated with, respectively, the lack of information being released and the conspiracy theories being fueled by Internet sleuths, a retired NYPD sergeant told UKTN that Moscow police have revealed a lot.
“Detectives have provided too much information,” Joseph Giacalone, a 20-year police veteran and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the network.
Officials have also gone back on information that was initially reported.
Another source of controversy in the handling of the investigation is the initial assessment by Moscow police chief Jame Fry, who reassured the community in the small college town that three days after the violent killings there was no continuing threat.
He later backtracked on those comments and asked residents to remain vigilant and careful of their surroundings.
UKTN’s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 06:00
They posted pictures of student life and were killed hours later. What happened?
In an Instagram post the day before, 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves shared photos of her group of friends arm-in-arm, grinning carelessly at the camera in a show of typical college fun, writes Rachel Sharp.
“A lucky girl to be surrounded by these people every day,” Kaylee Goncalves wrote on social media on the evening of Nov. 12.
Several hours later, Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, and Madison Mogen were murdered in the women’s tenement.
More than a week after the murders that rocked the university city of Moscow, the killer remains on the loose.
UKTN’s Rachel Sharp reports:
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 5:00 AM
No updates in the investigation into the brutal murders
Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, and Kernodle’s friend, Ethan Chapin, 20, of Mount Vernon, Washington were killed on Nov. 13.
Police said on Tuesday they had been following tips that Goncalves had a stalker but had been unable to identify one.
They have also quashed rumors of other incidents, including a car break-in and the killing of a dog, that may be related to the case.
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 04:00
Slain Idaho students often “hosted parties” in their off-campus rental
Jeremy Reagan, a third-year law student who lives near the scene of the murders, told UKTN News that the victims often organized stand-alone gatherings, adding that people were going in and out of the house “quite often.”
“There were parties that were quite noisy,” Reagan said.
“Like I would take my dog in and out to go to the bathroom [and] I used to see people in the windows almost every night, probably four or five nights a week… it was kind of a party house, but then again this whole neighborhood is a party place.
Moscow police have reiterated that there were no signs of a break-in at the six-bedroom house.
UKTN‘s Andrea Blanco has the story:
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 03:00
Friends and family mourned Ethan Chapin at an emotional memorial
“We want to thank you all for being a part of Ethan’s life,” his family wrote in a memorial program on Tuesday.
“It is an incredible testimony to his character how many lives he has touched in his short 20 years.
The loss is unimaginable, but our family will endure.”
Chapin, 20, was a triplet and is survived by his parents and his siblings Maizie and Hunter. All three triplets enrolled at the University of Idaho last August and were looking forward to spending their college days together.
“Ethan has lived his best life since attending the University of Idaho,” his obituary read.
“He loved the social life, intramurals and tolerated the academics. He also continued to exercise.”
“When he wasn’t on the golf course or working, you could usually see him surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickleball,” the obituary read.
Andrew BlancoNovember 24, 2022 02:00